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Ireland’s Western Coastline

March 14th, 2009 Category: Rivers

West coast of Ireland - March 1st, 2009

West coast of Ireland - March 1st, 2009

Despite some cloud cover, much of the western coast of Ireland can be observed here.

At the bottom is the Maharees Peninsula in County Kerry. Moving northeastward, Tralee Bay is located in on the west coast of County Kerry, between Kerry Head on the north side and the Maharees on the south.

Above, the Loop Head Peninsula juts out into the Atlantic Ocean, in County Clare at the mouth of the River Shannon.

The River Shannon is, at 386 km (240 miles), the longest river in Ireland. It empties into the Atlantic Ocean through the 113 km (70 mi) long Shannon Estuary. The river is dark brown due to sediments, and the algal bloom is also present off the coast in this area.

Continuing northward up the coastline, Galway Bay, recognizable by the three Aran Islands located at its mouth, can be found. This large bay is about 50 kilometres (30 miles) long and from 10 to 30 kilometres (7 to 20 miles) in breadth. This bay is free of algal growth.

Still moving north, the terrain changes from green to brown and appears steeper. The brown area in County Galway, above Galway Bay, is home to the low mountains of Slieve Aughty.

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