60 Second Geography – West Coast of Ireland
Travelers to West Ireland find it an easy area to drive and cover, with so much of its beauty and attractiveness right outside the windshield in the countryside. From the rugged western coastline to green stone-walled pastures the vistas are certainly a big part of
the journey. But you can also sleep in ancient castles or spend the night in luxury modern spa hotels. You can visit ancient ruins and stone cairns of unknown origin. Whatever your mode of travel, West Ireland will put some magic into your visit to the Emerald Isle.The West Coast region includes some part of the following counties: Sligo, Leitrim, Galway, Mayo, Donegal, Southwest Offaly, Tipperary North, West Cork, Cork City, Kerry, Clare and Limerick.
- The West Coast of Ireland is the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region. In some areas all street signs are in “the Irish”. The Gaeltact is spoken over a wide area of West Ireland, especially Kerry, Cork, Mayo, Galway and Donegal and much of the local music, both traditional and modern, is in the native Irish.
- Visit on the cheap – competitive airfares, bed and breakfasts, trains, ferries and self drives!
- From North America, fly into either Dublin or Shannon for West Ireland. It’s easy to get around the country!
- St. Patrick’s “Day” lasts a week in Ireland and their’s no shortage of festivals at other times like the Puck Festival or the Rose of Tralee Festival!
- Fishing in western Ireland is hard to beat and a favorite outdoor sport of many travelers.
- Self-drive vacations are easy…but remember to drive on the left and watchout for round-abouts and, in the rural areas, sheep!
- If either hiking or biking is a favorite pastime, west Ireland boasts hundreds of miles of great countryside and spectacular coastline, including the Cliffs of Moher, just south of the Village of Doolin in County Clare, one of the most photographed locations on the planet.
- The megaliths of Carrowmore, about 3 miles south-west of Sligo town, are located in the center of the Cúil Irra peninsula and are one of the oldest and largest collections of stone age monuments in Western Europe.
- Churches and ancient castles dot the landscape like a great outdoor museum. Our favorites? Roscrea Castle, as well as the ruined “Abbey” of Roscommon. Be sure to see Ballyhannan Castle overlooking the River Shannon as well and the chance to spend the night at Dromoland Castle. Of course, you can’t leave out the Blarney Castle.
Are you ready to plan your West Coast of Ireland Getaway? Contact R and B International Travel to get started.