1. Drive through Connemara
Spend the day on a scenic drive through the beautiful Connemara, along Galway's section of the Wild Atlantic Way. End the day watching the sun set on Galway Bay, while enjoying some Connemara smoked salmon in O'Grady's on the Pier.
2. Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are truly breathtaking; on a clear day the UNESCO geopark overlooks the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Loop Head, and even as far away as Kerry's Blasket Islands. Found at the cliffs' highest point, O'Brien's Tower is the perfect viewing point for visitors.
It was in Cong, County Mayo
, that John Wayne fell for the beauty and charms of flame-haired Maureen O'Hara – on set. Walk through the tiny village and visit The Quiet Man cottage museum, a replica of the house where the movie was filmed. Outside the village is Ashford Castle, a spectacular lakeside castle and golf course surrounded by woodlands.
4. Visit Kylemore Abbey
Ireland's most romantic castle, the gothic Kylemore Abbey can be found tucked away in woodland in Connemara. Get closer to nature on one of the marked nature trails or tree trails and visit the award-winning 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden.
5. Explore The Burren
An ecological and geological wonder, it was here in The Burren in County Clare that JRR Tolkien looked to for inspiration as he wrote one of the world's best fantasy novels, The Lord of the Rings. Take an eco-tour and learn about one of Europe's most organic landscapes.
6. Day in Westport
Here in one of Ireland's few planned towns, Westport House and Gardens is one of the island’s most historic homes. Open to the public, it also has links to Grace O'Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connaught. Enjoy a pint in Matt Molloy's pub, which is owned by the famous Chieftain's flutist…a night of traditional music is almost guaranteed.
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7. Spiddal and Craft Centre
Journey to a picturesque seaside village in the heart of Galway to pick up a cupla focal from the natives in the Irish-speaking Spiddal. Pick up some unique artisan crafts in the craft centre, or simply watch craftspeople at work in their workshops.
8. Visit the Aran Islands
Off the coast Galway Bay lies the Aran Islands; Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer. Spend the day island-hopping and following in the footsteps of many an Irish writer, poet and artist who found themselves enraptured by the islands awe-inspiring natural beauty.
9. Cnoc Suain
You don't need a time machine to experience life in 17th Century Connemara. The hill-village of Cnoc Suain is a traditional Irish cultural retreat, where visitors learn about the Ireland of old through music, language and literature. For those who don't want to leave at the end of the day, Cnoc Suain offer a number of residential programmes.
10. Roscommon Lough Key Forest Park
Walk the among the treetops at Ireland's only tree canopy walk and see how we have shaped the landscapes around us over the centuries. Walk the estates nature trails or test yourself and see if you make it through Boda Borg's 47 rooms.
Never mind falling in love with a Galway girl. Day tripping around the best Ireland's West has to offer will have you falling in love with this islands beauty, and who can blame you?