“The west is the best!” – That quotation is of course from someone who lives on the west coast of Ireland. Maybe he was a little bit biased, but he is right. That west coast of Ireland offers the most beautiful and breathtaking landscape you will find on the whole island.
After arriving at the airport in Dublin it is the best to rent a car. Although the bus and rail network to Galway, is reliable and easy to use, the drive is very enjoyable. In less than two hours you will arrive in Galway where you can find many hostels, B&Bs or hotels. In the summer there can be an influx of tourists, but you should generally find it easy to book a place to stay the night.
The city itself has a small and lovely heart where every place of interest is reached by walking distance. On the Galway bay you can spend hours enjoying numerous gorgeous panoramas of the sea. Here you will also find watersport activities such as surfing, swimming and sailing.
A great place to have a sit down and rest after the day’s activities is “Ard Bia at Nimmos”. It is a quaint little cafe near the Spanish Arch and the Galway museum. The cafe offers excellent coffee, tea and delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches. The view out the windows of the river Corrib are perfect for relaxing after a busy day exploring.
For its small size Galway offers a lot of cozy, traditionally pubs. Pubs are what the Irish do better than most so seek out the best establishment among the many for few friendly pints Guinness and an Irish stew or fresh fish. Pubs are considered, the “living room” of the Irish people. Take advantage of the chance to get in contact with the locals, listen to the live music or watch some hurling games on TV.
Only a few kilometers away from Galway and easily reachable by the ferry are the Aran Islands. The group of three islands (Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer) will show you some ‘original Ireland’. The tough weather has made the landscape scant and not much more than grass has had the opportunity to grow. But you’ll find long stone walls as well as cliffs that make the Aran Islands a great experience.
If you can’t get enough of such highlights then the Cliffs of Moher is another must-seen on your journey around Ireland. The cliffs reach their maximum height of 214 meters (702 feet) and feature an amazing, breathtaking view of the Atlantic ocean. The size of the Cliffs of Moher make it worth hiring a boat and sailing around to really take advantage of the experience.
Another sight to see a bit further north of Galway is the 2,957 hectares large Connemara National Park. This park features everything for outdoor fans. The variety of lakes in the park invite you to try your hand a spot of fishing. Also, try hiking up the Diamond Hill which offers a great view off Connemara valley.
The west of Ireland is also renowned for many world famous golf clubs . Many of them are located by the coastline and give beginners and professionals alike a great golfing experience. The warm climate makes it possible to play at every time of the year.
So, you see the west of Ireland is the BEST part of Ireland and should be your first consideration when you plan your next holiday to the green island.
This is a guest blog written by Isabell. She is working for Blue Insurances, an award winning Irish travel insurance company.