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Cliff Jumping on the Wild Atlantic Way

The high cliffs of Ireland’s Aran Islands make the perfect stop for Red Bull’s Diving World Series.

Located in the heart of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands with its jagged cliffs and ancient forts is a place that has to be experienced on the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

On the largest of the three islands, Inis Mór, the venue for the cliff diving series is called the Serpent’s Lair – a natural pool at the bottom of a cliff, carved by ocean force. Divers plunge into the Atlantic below, up to 27 metres, three times the Olympic height.


In 2014, Inis Mór hosted more than 3,000 spectators who came out to enjoy the spectacular cliff jumping show in the glorious sunshine.

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But the rugged coastline of Inis Mór isn’t just for thrill-seekers. While The Serpent’s Lair plays host for the somersaults and diving tricks, it’s steeped in Celtic mythology.

The islands are a rocky magnificence with wildflowers, jagged cliffs and ancient forts. Stone walls run across the mossy, green landscape. Here, the Irish language is spoken, and the islanders know how to give a warm welcome.

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Not only a venue for the Red Bull cliff diving, the Aran Islands is like an outdoor museum with Celtic churches, the spectacular cliffs of Dun Aonghasa, and the Cliffs of Aran. It’s also home to the infamous Aran sweater.

The Red Bull Cliff Diving Series moves all around the globe, with the competitors launching themselves from cliff tops  and other cliff jumping locations in a different country each week.

The divers may have gone but the rugged beauty of the Aran Islands remains.  

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