Things to do in Western Ireland

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Things to Do in Western Ireland


Top Attractions in Western Ireland

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Scenic walking trails of varying difficulty through wild landscapes, with well-maintained paths and panoramic views, guided by informative visitor centre exhibits.
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Scenic coastal and countryside tours across the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry, featuring panoramic sea views, historic sites, and cultural immersion in quaint villages.
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Vibrant pedestrianized quarter brimming with historical architecture, traditional music, and a kaleidoscope of shops and eateries. Celebrated for cultural festivals and bustling street life.
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Historic abbey surrounded by manicured gardens and picnic areas, complete with a cafe and tea house serving a variety of dishes. Enjoy self-guided tours and shop for handmade goods.
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Scenic seafront promenade in Salthill with a lively atmosphere, ideal for leisurely walks, beach access, and diving platforms. Features charming paths, shops, and eateries with views of the bay.
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Tranquil ferry journey to a serene island showcasing breathtaking cliffs, rich history, and cultural heritage, including the ancient Dùn Aonghasa fort and puffin sightings.
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Coastal drive along the Wild Atlantic Way, featuring panoramic views, historic castle ruins, and scenic photo stops. Narrow, winding roads lead to dramatic cliffside vistas.
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Modern cathedral displaying an array of stained glass styles, Connemara marble floors, and a notable green dome. Features vibrant interiors with impressive acoustics and a rich history.
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Vibrant neighborhood lined with historical charm, featuring a mix of lively bars, restaurants, and shops. Enjoy street performances, people-watching, and local culture in a festive setting.
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Challenging hike with panoramic summit views and a sense of community. Features uneven terrain and a religious site atop, significant for pilgrimages. Stepped path improvements underway.
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Ancient stone fort perched on a cliff edge, with panoramic Atlantic views after a challenging trail. Enjoy the adrenaline of cliff-side vistas and historic ambiance.
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Coastal haven with golden sands and clear aquamarine waters, ideal for swimming and cliff-top walks. Picturesque scenery with scenic drives and opportunities to spot local wildlife.
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  • Davo60
    Sydney, Australia352 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There are three walks to choose ranging from a half hour to two and a half hours. The shorter walk can also be done as a guided nature walk which was excellent. The visitors centre is definitely worth a visit.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • AJAYColumbus
    Columbus, GA126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our favorite tour while exploring the Wild Atlantic Way was the Falconry at Dromoland Castle! We stayed at the castle for 3 nights & wished we could have stayed longer!! The Falconry tour was AMAZING!! I wrote a review a couple of days ago & forgot to post pictures! Words alone cannot describe this incredible tour, so hope these pictures convey the magnificence of these beautiful birds!
    Written 18 July 2024
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  • sfarland
    Flagstaff, AZ116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hands down, my favorite place in Ireland. There were so many stores to visit and it was definitely a nice seashore city. I would love to visit again. The food vendors were really good as well. I want to go back and visit. It was definitely worth a full day of activities.
    Written 12 March 2024
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  • Ellen V
    Garden Grove, CA14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a gorgeous place! The gardens are fabulous and so is the Abbey. Such an interesting history of the Abbey. Between the gardens and the Abbey I highly recommend visiting. Plus the Sisters make delicious candy!
    Written 21 July 2024
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  • kararn
    Providence, RI27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to grab a cup of coffee and walk for a while. Safe and clean. Bathrooms along the way (.20 cents). Rocky beaches and swimming available. Must do in Salthill.
    Written 29 May 2024
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  • broomfieldtrading
    Girvan, UK88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquility
    We visited Arran Island for my birthday.
    Ferry journey was an important part of our day. We throughly enjoyed our Ferry ⛴️.
    Ferry was on time. Very clean. Cafe was good with fresh food. Staff was working hard. We enjoyed the view during sailing.
    Written 23 July 2023
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  • BOHSMAN
    Swords, Ireland279 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely stunning location, views, etc. Approximately 10km loop, I've driven it a couple of times, this time I decided to cycle it. Sorry I didn't do a second loop involving the lower road. Fantastic area, not to be missed when in Clifden.
    Written 15 July 2024
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  • Paul Clemence
    Crediton, UK61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The architecture and beauty of this cathedral is simply heavenly. Spend some time sitting quietly in a pew and absorb the atmosphere. There are many features that are highlights. I would like to mention the picture of Mary and Jesus painted by Adam Pomeroy. I found this picture profound and very moving.
    Written 11 July 2024
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  • Hugh O
    Carlow, Ireland3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just wandered through the happy revellers and drank coffee. Really uplifting experience and aftter a little while the sun shone.
    Written 15 July 2024
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  • Ann75Cork
    Cork, Ireland42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab view from climb. I would be fairly fit but found tough enough. Hiking boots and stick are needed. Also warm rain jacket, we had a shower of sleight half ways up. Toilet half ways closed down which is a shame. Also church on top closed and looking in poor shape. Lovely walk and well worth doing
    Written 22 July 2024
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  • Bronwen D
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Patricia was so informative. Really helpful and kind to us especially when we discussed photos of the Aran islands.
    Fabulous site to visit but very very windy. Take good care to stay away from the edge of the cliff.
    Do visit this ancient fort because it tells so much history of lives lived in the past. Worth the hilly walk.
    Written 7 July 2024
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  • Trek203795
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This review is devoted to my mother Rita who painted the picture of Keem from a photo that had been taken.
    My father aptly titled the painting sands of time.

    Keem despite hundreds of visits since early childhood continues to amaze as possibly my top wonder of the world.
    Written 1 May 2024
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