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Eight Good Reasons to Travel to the West of Ireland

Eight good reasons to travel to the West of Ireland are Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo!

These are the counties in the West of Ireland and are the counties that will capture your heart and imagination. The regions are made up of stunning and unspoilt landscapes, rambling hills and mountains, impressive lakes and magnificent coastlines. The West of Ireland ticks all of the holiday boxes!

Every county in the West offers something unique. Outdoor enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with the array of outdoor pursuits that are available. Walking, fishing, horse-riding, golf, cycling, adventure activities, you name the activity and the West will have it covered. With the dramatic, beautiful coastlines and sandy beaches, water-sports are very popular. From surfing, kayaking, water-skiing, diving, snorkelling to kite-boarding, your favourite pastime can be enjoyed in abundance.

If you enjoy visiting ancient ruins and have an interest in history, there is a wealth of archaeological sites, castles, ancient ruins and gardens to be explored. From the famous Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare to the lively, yet picturesque medieval city of Galway or the historical Limerick City, which has the of honour of being chosen as the first Irish City of Culture in 2014, to the impressive Benbulben Mountain in Co Sligo, there is so much to explore.

Five of the counties in the West make up part of the famous Wild Atlantic Way, which is a coastal route that spans from beautiful and rugged Donegal all the way down to the equally fascinating and beautiful Cork. The route stretches 2,400 km and is one of the longest defined coastal drives in the world. Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare are part of the Wild Atlantic Way route which can be joined at any point, so make sure you to get to experience some of the spectacular Atlantic coast!

Accommodation is an important consideration when holidaying in the West of Ireland. To get the most out of your visit to the Western region, especially if you are planning to tour, then bed and breakfast accommodation is a perfect choice. B&Bs are located throughout every city, town, village and countryside area, which means you are never too far away from your comfortable accommodation. You can plan your itinerary in advance, pre-book your B&B accommodation or perhaps you prefer to free-wheel and see where your day brings you? The choice is yours. There’ll be plenty of B&Bs along your route. B&Bs tend to be run by local families who know their region in-depth, so can give you loads of useful sightseeing advice. They are also renowned for their Irish hospitality and providing home from home comforts in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Staying in this type of accommodation is a great way of mixing with the Irish community and experiencing Irish culture at first hand. B&B breakfasts are delicious too!

From picturesque rural villages to the lively Galway and Limerick cities, there is something for everyone in the West.  Between outdoor leisure activities, the history and culture of the area, cruising the Shannon River, hiking up Croagh Patrick Mountain and surfing the Donegal waves, the West of Ireland will not disappoint. You’ll find the best restaurants serving fine cuisine and friendly pubs with lively traditional music session that all the family can enjoy.

There is no doubt about it - there are eight good reasons to travel to the West of Ireland. Discover the hidden delights of Donegal, Clare, Galway, Limerick, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo, you won’t be disappointed.

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Posted: 20 Sep 2013 by Mel Heron | with 0 comments

Tags: B&B, B&Bs, Clare, Donegal, Eight, Galway, Good, Ireland, Leitrim, Limerick, Mayo, of, Reasons, Roscommon, Sligo, the, to, Travel, West

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