The West of Ireland is home to perhaps the best evidence of how life was lived before the invasion of the Normans. Prior to Strongbow landing on Irish shores in 1170, Ireland had been ruled from the West, by High King Ruari O'Connor. After the Anglo-Saxon settlement of the 13th century, as Irish power declined, the West became neglected and lawless.
It is in the West where the suffering of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1849, was most pronounced — parts of the West are yet to recover from the mass migration and death caused by the affliction.
One this page you can find the historic battle scars of Western Ireland, as well as some of its ancient wonders of construction.
We've picked out a selection of the most popular castles in the West of Ireland.
Ancient sites, settlements and monuments in Ireland's West.