If you’re new to visiting the West of Ireland, you won’t be disappointed. This region is a wonderful mix of nature, breath-taking scenery, heaps of history and as many activities as you have the energy for! Be sure to include the following on your itinerary:
- The Cliffs of Moher
Any trip to the region should include a visit to the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s most visited natural site. The coastline here is spectacular and the visitor centre gets you right up close to the dramatic cliff edge. Try to visit later in the day (season permitting) to avoid the tourist coach trips and you’ll enjoy a far quieter and uninterrupted views. For Irish Airports into the region, visit https://irelandwestairport.com/
The most famous of Ireland’s cities after Dublin, Galway might be smaller but still packs a punch in terms of fun and atmosphere. You’ll discover bright buildings, traditional Irish pubs on the waterfront, events, performers and lots of Irish music. Its nightlife is buzzing and there’s something for everybody in this vibrant city.
- Killary Fjord
A Fjord in Ireland? Surprising as it seems, the Killary Fjord is the only one in Ireland and runs for 10 miles from the Atlantic. Driving along the fjord between Westport and Kylemore Abbey provides a different scenic view at every corner, almost like the landscape of Norway and New Zealand combined. For a more immersive experience, take the boat tour from Killary Harbour.
- Achill Island
Yet another surprise that rises up from this rugged landscape is Achill Island on the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s the biggest island off the mainland and accessed via a bridge. You’ll uncover a remote, windswept, unspoilt land with a driving route that takes you roughly along the long coastline that the island boasts.
- Connemara National Park
This large swathe of land is one of the most popular places to visit in the whole of Ireland. It’s rugged, mountainous and dotted with lakes, perfect for walking or even driving through, soaking up the beauty while stopping for the best vantage points for photos. The visitor centre provides a wealth of information, as well as suggested walking routes that take you through the most stunning parts of the park. There are three main walks of different difficulty and length, but all routes provide incredible views across lakes and wild landscapes.
- Kylemore Abbey
Visiting the abbey is a must when you come to the West of Ireland. It’s a short drive from the Connemara National Park and a stunning building that was constructed in the 19th century with great care and dedication. It’s been many things, including a school and a hotel. From the lake, the view of the abbey is simply stunning and be sure to book tickets for a tour to learn more about the unique history of the abbey.
- The Aran Islands
The three islands in Galway Bay known as the Aran Islands can be visited by ferry or seen from a boat trip, whatever you prefer. The islands are home to a myriad of ancient sites, fascinating Gaelic-speaking culture and beaches and are a must-visit for your itinerary to immerse yourself in Irish culture.