With its famous Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland's west coast has become the country's most popular and (after Dublin) its most visited tourist area. It is also home to some of The Emerald Isle's most significant religious settlements, buildings and monuments.
On this page, we have picked out some of the very best spiritual and religious destinations from throughout Ireland's rugged West.
This 12th Century White Cross is located on the same site as an unnamed Romanesque Church. Locals say that it is safer to access the cross from the side of the Dysert O'Dea Castle as there is a bull in the same field as the church.
Standing at 2,507 ft, Croagh Patrick is County Mayo's largest Mountain (it is Ireland's 29th largest). Every year, on the last Sunday in July, thousands of people climb Croagh Patrick to celebrate Saint Patrick. He is said to have fasted and prayed there for 40 days in the year 441 AD.
Located west of the town of Gort in County Galway, Coole Park is a nature reserve spanning around 1,000 acres. It is open to the public all year round, free of charge, and also acts as a bird sanctuary.