‘The West is best’ – a well-known phrase used throughout the island of Ireland to describe everyone’s love for the unique region that is the West of Ireland.
And, it’s easy to see why! With its world famous cliffs and numerous cosy pubs, the West of Ireland truly has the power to encapsulate any visitor – locals and tourists alike.
Read on for our top 10 things to do in the West of Ireland.
Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare
A trip to the West of Ireland wouldn’t be complete without paying a visit to the world famous Cliffs of Moher. Situated in County Clare, along the Wild Atlantic Way, the cliffs have faced the Atlantic for millions of years.
Make your way to the O’Briens Tower to get a glimpse of the Aran islands, or simply embrace the cliffs sheer impact from many of the other unique vantage points.
Connemara National Park, Co. Donegal
Located in County Donegal is Connemara National Park. Covering nearly 3,000 hectares with scenic mountains, bogs, grasslands and woodlands – this site is positively like no other.
Home to ponies, red deer, stunning vistas and the famous Twelve Bens mountain range – no matter which walking trail you choose, you’re bound to be simply stunned during your visit.
Killary Harbour, Co. Galway
Naturally forming a border between the counties of Galway and Mayo is Killary Harbour – a fjord located in the heart of Connemara.
It is here that you’ll find some of the most dramatic scenery in Ireland. From the northern shore of the harbour, you’ll be able to spot Mweelrea – the highest mountain in Connacht. Look south and you’ll see the Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens.
Galway City, Co. Galway
Nestled between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay is Galway city, a city where both traditional and modern culture combine to create a unique, vibrant ambience.
Embrace the culture heart of Ireland with its street entertainment, renowned Irish pubs, and the Spanish arch. Or take some down time at the beach of Salthill – just a short walk from Galway city centre.
Achill Island, Co. Mayo
Rugged coastlines and historic associations make Achill Island in County Mayo an enchanting destination.
Enjoy the natural beauty and soothing waves as you stroll around the quaint island. Experience traditional Irish music sessions in the welcoming Irish pubs whilst uncovering the beauty of Irish pub food. Fancy a swim? Take a dip in the cold Atlantic waters at Keem beach.
Connemara Day Trip, Co. Galway
No need for a time machine as the rugged region of Connemara will allow you to take a rare step back in history.
Irish tradition can be seen left, right and centre – the music, the food and the Irish language are celebrated in abundance here. This authentic region with its wild landscape and olive mountains is the very embodiment of Irishness.
Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly
Visit County Offaly to discover the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise.
Time seems to stand still in this spot and after a simple walk amongst the ruined churches and round towers, you’ll find yourself immersed in the stories of the saints and scholars of Ireland’s Golden Age of learning.
The Burren, Co. Clare
Said to resemble the surface of the moon, The Burren National Park in County Clare is indeed, other-worldly.
With its exposed limestone, long slabs of pure rock and small scattered steps – this may be the greyest you will ever see our little green island.
When you’re finished exploring, stop off in the village of Liscannor, known for having the highest number of pubs per person in Ireland!
The infamous Aran Islands are a cluster of three islands located just off the entrance of Galway Bay.
Known for their serene atmosphere, limestone landscape and stunning beaches; a visit to the Aran islands is a completely fresh experience. Diving opportunities, Irish culture and even seals(!) can be spotted in abundance.
Downpatrick Head, Co. Mayo
Just a few miles outside of County Mayo is the coastal beauty known as Downpatrick Head.
Spot the ruins of a church building, a stone cross and a holy well – all said to be derived from a church that St. Patrick himself founded. Gaze out to sea to spot a sea-stack close to the edge of the cliffs: Dún Briste.
Make sure to fit in some of our top things to do in the West of Ireland on your vacation to the Emerald Isle!
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