Regional guide The West of Ireland

It is often thought of as the most typically 'Irish' part of Ireland with its Gaeltacht areas and strong traditional music culture. Galway ancient capital of the province has a wonderful mixture of culture, shopping and friendliness. Nature's splendour is evident in the majestic cliffs of Moher and in the limestone plateau of the Burren in Clare. If you like purple hills and strange haunting bogs fringed by dramatic mountains and white coral beaches, Connemara is the place for you. Bordered by Clew Bay, Mayo is an area of immense beauty and drama with lonely brown velvet mountains bordering spectacular coastline. Donegal's unspoilt fishing villages and national park, the seascapes, thrashing breakers and endless miles of deserted beaches make this a beach lover and surfer's paradise.

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Aillwee Cave
  • Doolin Cave
  • The Burren
  • Croagh Patrick
  • CĂ©ide Fields
  • Westport Gardens
  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Glebe House and Gallery
  • Connemara National Park
  • Slieve league Cliffs
  • Malinhead
  • Galway Races
  • Aran Islands