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Plan a Visit to Ireland's West Coast

Hidden Gems of Ireland's Wild West

Plan your Visit to Galway, Mayo & Clare

Perhaps Ireland's most popular tourist region, the West Coast truly offers something for everyone. Whether you're looking for culture, history, outdoor activities, shopping, food, a little self-indulgence, or just some down-time with friends and family, you will find it all here in Galway, Mayo and Clare. The West of Ireland boasts some of Irelands most iconic scenery. The rugged terrain of The Burren, the majestic Cliffs of Moher and the iconic Galway Bay are all located here in what has become a haven for tourists of all ages.

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Activities, Attractions & Pursuits

There is so much to see and do in Western Ireland - whether you're here to relax or out to explore, you will never be short of entertainment or distraction. The untainted, sprawling landscape and huge variety of lakes and rivers means that The West of Ireland is a dream for those planning any outdoor pursuits. The nightlife of the region is also unique. You can catch up with the locals in the viberant pub scene of Galway or one of the thatched pubs throughout the region. Each pub and restaurant has it's own special charm, the only constant will be the warm and friendly reception you will recieve.

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Bobby Byrnes

Bobby Byrnes Limerick
Limerick, Co. Limerick

A popular spot for anyone who enjoys mouth-watering home cooking, live traditional music, a friendly local atmosphere and the perfect pint.

Burren Smokehouse

Burren Smokehouse
Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

Local smokery producing smoked salmon, trout, mackerel, and cheese. The Smokehouse belongs to the Burren Ecotourism Network.

The Forge

The Forge, Moycullen
Moycullen, Co. Galway

Fresh, locally-produced food with warm hospitality and regular live music make The Forge a popular spot for locals, families and visitors.

Tí Joe Watty's Bar

Ti Joe Watty's Pub, Aran Islands, Ireland
Aran Islands, Co. Galway

One of the Aran Islands oldest and most traditional pubs, Tí Joe Watty's offers good food and good craic, and it is famous for its live trad sessions.

Roadside Tavern

Roadside Tavern in Clare
Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

Best Gastro-Pub in Munster 2012, according to the Restaurant Association of Ireland. Close to the Cliffs Of Moher and The Burren.

Walsh's Traditional Pub

Walsh's Traditional Pub in Clare
Cree Village, Co. Clare

A real, traditional Irish pub in the heart of Cree village. Walsh's is only a stone's throw away from the sand dunes at Doughmore.

The Front Door

The Front Door Pub Galway
Cross Street and High Street, Co.Galway

For over a decade The Front Door pub has been one of Galway's most popular venues. There are 2 floors with a total of 5 bars.


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Flying into West Ireland

An important regional hub for Ireland's West and North West is Knock Airport or, to give it its full name, Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC). Much smaller even than Cork or Shannon airports, Knock receives for transatlantic flights but retains a respectable annual throughput of around 650,000 passengers. A very handy connection for those on short-hops to the West. To find out more visit


Festivals and Events

If you want to experience the real Ireland and get to know the locals, there can be no better way than to attend some of Ireland's legendary festivals. There is always something going on Ireland's South West, so come along and get stuck in. Visit the festivals' websites for details of prices and precise dates.

Places to Stay

Ireland is known throughout the world for its friendliness and hospitality and you will find this wherever you choose to stay. In Ireland's South West, you will find accommodation to suit every group, no matter what the size or budget of your party. Cork city and Killarney have the largest range of hotels and guesthouses, but there is no shortage of choice for those who prefer to go off the beaten track and discover west Ireland for themselves.

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B&Bs and Guesthouses in West Ireland

Abbey Court, Westport

Abbey Court B&B in the west of Ireland
Westport, Co. Mayo

A central location makes this an ideal B&B for exploring Westport town. An easy walk from Westport's traditional pubs and acclaimed restaurants.

Bertra House B&B

Bertra House B&B in the west of Ireland
Westport, Co. Mayo

Between Westport and Louisburgh, Bertra House is ideally situated Croagh Patrick, Bertra beach and The Great Western Greenway.

Buttermilk Lodge

Buttermilk Lodge B&B in the west of Ireland
Clifden, Co. Galway

Buttermilk Lodge is warm and friendly, a traditional Irish home. Close to Clifden with restaurants, pubs and traditional Irish music.

Clifden Bay Lodge

Clifden Bay Lodge B&B in Galway
Clifden, Co. Galway

Situated on the scenic Lower Sky Road, Clifden Bay Lodge is just 3km from Clifden, the capital of Connemara. Open year-round.

Conerstones B&B

B&B in the west of Ireland
Moyard, Co. Galway

Cornerstones is a Four-Star Irish Tourist Board approved Bed and Breakfast, situated in the beautiful scenic village of Moyard.

Crag Shore B&B

B&B in the west of Ireland
Lahinch, Co. Clare

This traditional family B&B is quietly situated on a hill with beautiful views onto the Atlantic Ocean and its splendid coastline.

Creevagh Heights B&B

Creevagh Heights B&B in the west of Ireland
Creevagh, Co.Mayo

A beautiful family-run Bed and Breakfast in the most scenic part of north County Mayo - "a little piece of heaven".

Fough East B&B

B&B in the west of Ireland
Ougherard, Co. Galway

Nestled beside Lough Corrib and the Connemara mountain range, Fough East is just two minutes' walk from local pubs and restaurants.

Grovemount House

B&B in the west of Ireland
Ennistymon, Co. Clare

Family-run guesthouse on the outskirts of Ennistymon on your way to the Cliffs of Moher and the unforgettable Burren landscape.

Heron's Rest B&B

B&B in the west of Ireland
Galway, Co. Galway

On the banks of the river Corrib in the heart of Galway's Latin Quarter. A boutique interior with gourmet breakfasts and a welcoming feel.

Hillbrook Farm B&B

B&B near the Burren
Lahinch, Co. Clare

An elegant and traditional Irish B&B situated on a real Irish farm on the edge of the Burren National Park, near Lahinch in rural County Clare.

Kate's Place B&B

B&B in the west of Ireland
Doolin, Co. Clare

A homely and inviting B&B in Doolin. King, queen and double bedrooms all have their own private en-suite bathroom.

Linden Hall B&B

A B&B in Ireland
Westport, Co. Mayo

A warm and airy period-style townhouse in the heart of Westport town. Expect good humour and a relaxed atmosphere.

Lurgan House

Irish B&B bedroom
Westport, Co. Mayo

A warm and wecloming traditional family home just two minutes' walk from Westport town centre. The views will leave you speechless.

Railway Lodge

B&B west Ireland
Connemara, Co. Galway

Modern convenience with traditional Irish style. Each bedroom has modern en-suite facilities as well as orthopaedic beds.

Slieve Aughty Centre

B&B west Ireland
Loughrea, Co. Galway

Total immersion in nature and quality time with family. Go horseriding or walking through the forest, enjoy delicious organic food.

The Garden Gates

B&B in the west of Ireland
Westport, Co. Mayo

Five-star bed and breakfast between Westport and Castlebar. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you, personal attention is guaranteed.

Churchfield B&B

B&B in the west of Ireland
Doolin, Co. Clare

Located within a couple of hundred yards of Doolin's Traditional Music Pubs and within short walking distance of shops and restaurants.


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