With all counties of the West of Ireland having coastlines that run along the Atlantic Ocean, it's little wonder that the region is famous for its seafood. Centuries of skill, craft and experience have lead the West of Ireland to where it is today, a seafood Mecca. More modern touches have been added over the years, a pint of Guinness to wash down a bowl of mussels, adding batter to fish and mushy peas and tartar sauce as options—but the great quality of the seafood has remained the same.
While the West of Ireland is known for its rugged landscape and barren wilderness, there is no shortage of fresh culinary produce coming from its otherwise productive farmland. The West of Ireland is also blessed with a massive coastline connecting it with the Atlantic Ocean which, for centuries, has yielded the people of the West with a bounty of fresh seafood. Galway City, as well as some of the larger towns of the West, is synonymous with a more relaxed way of life. It's perfectly normal to sit outside a cafe for hours at a time in Galway City and just watch the world go by—provided you buy at least one coffee!
A cozy pub, lit only by a crackling fire and some candles, Guinness flowing and traditional music being played by some cheerful looking musicians in the corner. Ok, you're not going to walk into every pub in the West and find this scene but it's the region of Ireland where you'd have the best chance. While other parts of Ireland have turned towards broadcasting live sporting events, an emphasis on brighter more sterile lighting and serving the latest in food trends, the pubs of the West are still keeping the traditions of yesteryear alive, either through inactivity on their part or a stubbornness to change, and can serve as a welcome hideaway from the modern world.
You'll find a healthy supply of fish and chip shops in the town and villages of the West. These tend to have the same offerings as everywhere else in Ireland. Fresh cut chips, battered fresh fish as well as burgers, fried chicken and an endless assortment of condiments. Where you'll find the most innovation in the trade, perhaps anywhere in Ireland, is in Galway City. While Galway is home to Ireland's version of McDonald's; Supermac's (the first of which opened in 1978 in Ballinasloe), it has seen an influx of people with a more liberal, eco-friendly view on life over the past 30 years. This has seen Galway become the flagbearer in artisanal, vegan and new-age culinary practices. Falafels, gluten-free pizza, and vegan alternatives have recently been embraced by the majority of the eateries and it makes for an exciting and eye-opening food tour of the city.
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.