The west of Ireland is a great option for laid-back luxury breaks. The rugged and wild countryside in this region offers some of Ireland’s most scenic spots.
The Beauty of County Galway
The wild moorland of Co. Galway appears particularly unforgiving with its soaring mountains, but this is punctuated by tranquil lakes and rural villages and towns where you’ll be sure to find a warm welcome in the local pubs. The beautiful Aran Islands, which are reachable by ferry from County Galway, is a haven of traditional countryside life, temperate climates and fantastic opportunities to see a vast amount of flora and fauna. The medieval Galway city, with its myriad cobbled streets and fantastic independent shops, is a great place to enjoy a day out or a luxury city break.
County Mayo’s Impressive Coastline
County Mayo is a mix of wild, awesome cliffs along a craggy coastline, beautiful Blue Flag beaches and lovely peaceful towns and villages, making it perfect for a family beach break or a luxurious romantic getaway for 2. The cheerful town of Westport is a great place to enjoy a day out, with a large range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants and in the evening there’s always plenty of live Irish music to be heard streaming from every bar. Westport House and Gardens is a large country house which includes the fantastic Pirate Adventure Park so is great for days out with the children.
The peaceful county of Roscommon is a paradise for wildlife lovers; full of huge lakes surrounded by wild mountains and moors this county is pure Irish. Lough Key Forest Park is a tranquil haven, and history enthusiasts will love the Arigna Mining Experience, where miners can take you on a tour 400 metres underground into the mine. Roscommon also has a great number of historic country houses. If you choose Roscommon for your luxury holiday, in the evenings you will never be short of a traditional local pub for ‘the craic’.
Top attractions in the West of Ireland include:
• Explore Achill Island, which you can reach from County Mayo. The ‘Atlantic Drive’ around the island offers some of the best coastal views in Europe.
• Visit the picture-perfect town of Cong, which straddles the border between Co. Mayo and Co. Galway, and see the impressive Cong Castle which was built in 1228 and still functions as a restaurant to this day.
• The beautiful Boyle Abbey is a Cistercian Monastery from the 1200s, which is remarkably well preserved with its beautiful stone archways.
• Drive out just into Westmeath and enjoy some of the best pub food you’ll have ever tasted at the multi award-winning Fatted Calf in Glasson.