Top 5 Places to visit in the West of Ireland

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The West Coast of Ireland is a beautiful part of the country, there are so many places to visit with different tourist attractions and destination visits to suit all different group types.

Here are our top 5 destinations for you and your family/friends to visit which are also the best things to do and see along the West Coast of Ireland.

1. Galway

With its tangled lanes lined, colourful shop fronts curving around Galway Bay, the compact city of Galway is one of Ireland’s most picturesque destinations. It is one of the island’s most vibrant locations, with musicians striking up in its atmospheric pubs and busking on its street. From Galway, you can travel short distances to Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, along with the Quiet Man Bridge. We highly recommend taking a trip to experience the unique rocky landscape of The Burren and the stunning views of The Cliffs of Moher.


2. The Cliffs of Moher

When visiting Ireland, it is a country that has such beauty and variety in our native country. Beaches, adventures, historical landmarks, the incomparable Burren, and of course, The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience. These cliffs tower above the Atlantic Ocean looking out over the expansive horizon. Your short journey will take you into a landscape that many visitors travel thousands of miles across the globe to see. The beautiful viewing areas of 800 metres of safe, paved pathways from which the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Maamtaurks and even faraway Kerry can be viewed on fine days.


3. Bunratty Castle

This is one of Ireland’s top historical landmarks and is worth visiting, especially if you like mediaeval castles, history, and living villages. It is your chance to experience a window on Ireland’s past and explore the acclaimed 15th century Bunratty Castle and the 19th century Bunratty Folk Park. The 26-acre Bunratty Folk Park is home to more than 30 buildings in a “living” village and rural setting. Rural farmhouses, village shops and streets are recreated and furnished as they would have appeared at that time.


4. Limerick

Limerick itself has been on the news since the 9th century and while much of our Viking past has been washed away, Limerick as a whole is a living museum to its history since then, with stunning examples of mediaeval castles and cathedrals as well as elegant Georgian splendour lining its streets. Combining great lake walks with a glance at some of the oldest history still in place in Limerick, lough Gur and its visitor centre are a must visit. Limerick has its unique spirit, the friendliness of the people, the vibrancy of the riverside city, the sporting passion, along with the history and rural majesty of this county, a visit is a must!


5. Connemara National Park

This park is one of the most popular places to visit in Ireland and one of the most popular things to do in the West of Ireland. The park covers over some 3,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expansive bogs and enchanting woodlands. You will admire the phenomenal scenery where rugged mountains dominate the landscape. Meander along the walking trails at your own pace or you can set off on a mountain hike.


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