Top Reasons to Go

Captivating Connemara: An almost uninhabited landscape of misty bogland, studded with deep blue lakes under huge Atlantic skies: painters have strived for generations to capture the ever-changing light.

The Great Western Greenway: Cycle this historical railway line from the alluring market town of Westport, past Newport's handsome high arched bridge to Achill Island with Clew Bay's islands as a constant companion.

The Erris Peninsula: Sheltering the western seaboard from the full brunt of the Atlantic's force, this forlorn and off-radar Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking region) is speckled with secret coves, enormous cliff edges, and breathtaking views.

Clifden and the Sky Road: Walk the Sky Road to take in its breathtaking scenery—sea views on one side, the Twelve Bens Mountains on the other—from the compact village of Clifden, the liveliest spot for miles around.

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