The west of Ireland is spectacular, full of sweeping cliffs and vibrant towns like Galway and Limerick; it is a real treasure chest. Be sure to check out these magical things to do in the west of Ireland from jamming to local music, to visiting incredible national parks, to discovering the sensational cities of the area.
Cliffs of Moher
No journey to the west coast of Ireland would be complete without a trip to the historic and popular Cliffs of Moher, which is Ireland’s highest tourist attraction. They are the most popular natural attraction in Ireland. This coastal area is just beautiful and the visitor center gives you feels like you’re at the edge of the world.
Galway is Ireland’s most popular city after Dublin (sorry Cork), but it’s much smaller in size, so it’s a lot easier to navigate and feel comfortable in after a short period of time; so it should be on your itinerary to the West Coast of Ireland. Galway is full of vibrant houses, a number of local Irish pubs and is right on the river. Day and night, street performers give you a taste of popular Irish songs.
Things to do in Galway include taking the Galway Hop-On Hop-Off Bus to see the area quickly and comfortably, a Segway Tour, and the Galway River Cruise to see the city will be fun.
Off the west coast of Ireland and next to Galway City, Galway Bay has influenced many Irish legends and songs. The Atlantic coast of Ireland is a scenic, natural paradise that needs to be seen with your own eyes. It is also a magnet for authentic Irish and Celtic culture and has been named “the most Irish place in Ireland.”
Galway Bay is famous for its morning dew and unique sailing history, including the Galway Hooker. As Galway was at the time the center of maritime activity in western Ireland, the Hooker ships were popular in the mid-19th century.
The Burren National Park
The Burren National Park in County Claire is home to stunning rugged cliffs and rough scenery reminiscent of the surface of the moon. The landscape explodes into color as wildflowers scatter over the rock formations. Exploring the rainbow exhibition is one of the finest things to be found in Ireland.
Achill Island in County Mayo is another significant destination on the west coast of Ireland. The island is linked to the mainland by a bridge and is home to some spectacular scenery and sights.
Check out Keel Beach if you want to be swept away by the natural and pristine wonders of Ireland’s dynamic west coast.
One of Ireland’s leading seaside resorts, on the cliff of Galway Bay, Salthill has been welcoming visitors since the early 20th century and has remained an increasingly popular holiday spot in the summer months. Sandy beaches, flanked by windswept rocky coastlines, are the biggest attraction, but it’s not just swimming and sunbathing that’s on offer. Jet skiing, boating, sailing, and sea fishing are both common activities; there’s a dedicated high-rise diving area, and snorkeling and scuba diving sites abound along the coastline.
Cruise with dolphins down Killary Fjord
Killary Fjord is Ireland’s only fjord; it stretches 10 miles from the Atlantic to the heart of rugged Connemara. Drive along the fjord from Kylemore Abbey to Westport for a unique view of every corner. Or rest on a catamaran as you walk down the sheltered waterways, and admire the dramatic cliffs as dolphins swim alongside.
Killarney National Park
Killarney is home to 26,000 acres of green mountains, native trees, ponds, castles, and stately homes. Killarney National Park has plenty for both of you outdoor junkies (walking, biking, and kayaking) as well as wildlife lovers (garden and farm walks). History enthusiasts enjoy visiting Ross Castle and the great Victorian Muckross House and the Gardens.
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