Unlike the rest of the west of Ireland, Sligo is one place that doesn’t get such big crowds of visitors, but has just as much beauty as its neighbouring counties. This land was an inspiration to the poet WB Yeats and it’s easy to see why. The dramatic table mountain of Ben Bulben, the picture perfect fishing village of Rosses Point, and the ancient passage tomb of Carrowmore all lend it an air of mystical magic.
Mayo is often first on the list of anyone travelling to the west of Ireland, and for good reason. This large coastal county is where you’ll find the brooding Croagh Patrick, which pilgrims climb to honour Ireland’s patron saint every year; the village of Cong, where The Quiet Man was filmed and where an exquisite medieval abbey stands; and of course the vibrant town of Westport, situated along the picturesque Clew Bay.
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Galway is the wild west of Ireland at its best. Rugged coastlines, dramatic hills and valleys, isolated islands, emerald fields and towns filled with traditional music, dancing, and language. Galway city is a tangle of cobbled streets, cosy pubs and mouth watering restaurants, the magnificent Connemara landscape is just a short drive away and the traditional Gaelic community of the Aran Islands are reachable with a quick boat trip too, although they both seem a world away.
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From the out of this world limestone plains of the Burren and the misty, magical Cliffs of Moher to the golden beaches and buzzing towns and villages, Clare is a county not to be missed on your Ireland holiday. Whether you want to relax and enjoy the fresh sea breeze in bustling Kilkee or Ballyvaughan or explore the spooky underworld of the Aillwee Caves and other hair-rising activities, Clare really does have it all.
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County Meath was considered to be the centre of ancient and Celtic Ireland, and was even its own kingdom at one stage. Within its borders are the ancient passage tomb of Newgrange, still completely intact after 5000 years, the Hill of Tara the political, economic, and spiritual centre of Ireland for the Celts, and more recently, the opulent Slane Castle and Gardens, still inhabited by descendants of the original owners, namely Henry Mount Charles and family.
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