The "West of Ireland" is a phrase that evokes images of dramatic scenery and sandy beaches, childhood memories of long and perfect holidays, some perhaps borrowed from the many films that have been made in the West.

It may be a cliche to write about the rugged, harsh beauty of Connemara . . . visit and decide for yourself!

Whether you crave the buzz and atmosphere of vibrant Galway, the pilgrim's reward of viewing Clew Bay from the summit of Croagh Patrick near Westport, the unique experience of the Aran Islands, the historic towns of Roscommon or a quiet walk on one of those sandy beaches, go West.

Dramatic mountains, expansive lakes which mirror the huge skies, majestic rivers, small fields parceled by dry stone walls, lovely forest parks, enchanting tracks and quiet roads all contribute to a terrain unmatched in its variety and unspoiled beauty.

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