The West of Ireland, especially Galway City, is seen as the cultural hub of Ireland. People say this is due to the more artistic courses offered by Galway's colleges, or people looking to head out West for a slower pace of living, or a mixture of both. As a result, you'll find endless art galleries, artisan coffee shops and cultural nights as you stroll along the city's cobbled streets.
While the West of Ireland may be a great to find the inspiration for your latest novel or to enjoy the peace needed for finally reading that book you bought... three years ago!— literary points of interest are few and far between in the region. Your best bet is to head for the larger towns of the West, find a library and then head back to the peace and quiet.
It's of little wonder, considering the tendency of Irish people of a more artistic mindset to flock to the West, that there is now a huge supply of art galleries in the region. Local artists selling their wares, artists that have stopped by for the summer and exhibitions by touring artists, have turned the West into a Mecca for people trading in art or simply 'having a look'.
The best way to find out about live music in the West of Ireland is to chat with somebody in the local pub. It is not exactly a region known for attaching international stars. There are townhall type music venues in many of the larger towns but these are more for stage plays and community events than for anything else.
Adare is a small town in Co. Limerick, known for its quaint and colourful thatched cottages. Adare is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful towns so stop and take in the view. Don't forget your camera today - the perfect chance to capture the essence of old Ireland.
Explore Adare Village along the Wild Atlantic Way
Originally built in 1823, Blarney Woollen Mills was mainly used for the spinning and weaving of wool. After it closed in 1973, it reopened in 1975 — as an Irish heritage shop.
The Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre commemorates the last pitched battle fought on British soil, in April 1746. Learn more about the Jacobite intent to overthrow the House of Hanover and return the House of Stuart to the British throne.
About Highland Folk Museum is a museum and open-air attraction located in the Scottish Highlands. It is designed to showcase the domestic and working lives of the early highland people.
Located close to the Killarney National Park, Moriarty's is an Authentic Irish Gift Store and Restaurant. Hand crafted Irish jewellery, Waterford Crystal and classic and modern tweed fashions and furnishings are all on offer at the gift store. The restaurant is an 85 seater offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Located on the shores of Belfast Lough in County Antrim, Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle dating back to 1177. First used as a headquarters for John de Courcy after he took control of eastern Ulster, where he ruled as a petty king until 1204. Over the years, the castle was Besieged by the native Irish, the Scottish, the English and the French. Today it stands as one of the best preserved structures from the medieval era in Northern Ireland.
Located within Glenveagh National Park, Glenveagh Castle was built by Captain John George Adair between 1870 and 1873. Having made his fortune through land speculation in America, Adair return to Ireland and began large amounts of land in County Donegal. The castle was built in the Scottish Baronial style and is surrounded by a garden and commands stunning views of the nearby mountains, lakes, woodlands and valleys.