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Galway and West Coast of Ireland

Connemara, Ireland
Connemara, County Galway, Ireland

West Coast of Ireland – Clare, Galway, Mayo and Rossmcommon

Considered “The Wonderful West,” the western part of the island offers the most beautiful scenery in Ireland. Explore the picturesque counties of Clare, Galway, Mayo and Rosscommon. Have fun visiting Ireland’s West Coast and touring its ancient castles and historic sites.

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Galway and West Coast of Ireland - featured in yellow on the map above

Top Galway and West Coast of Ireland Attractions

  • The Burren and Wild Atlantic Way
    – one of Ireland’s most magnificent and unique natural wonders. Explore the Burren’s ancient preserved landscape and archeological megalithic tombs. The popular attraction is nestled along the breathtaking Wild Atlantic Way, considered to be one of the world’s best coastal drives.
  • Cliffs of Moher
    – the spectacular Cliffs of Moher is one of Ireland’s top attractions, drawing over a million visitors each year. Its towering cliffs rise to over 700 feet. The natural wonder is located along Ireland’s rugged coastline and offers breathtaking views.
  • Connemara
    – one of Ireland’s most picturesque regions and a popular vacation destination.
  • Galway & Galway Bay
    – the cosmopolitan city of Galway sits on the edge of the River Corrib, surrounded by Galway Bay, facing the Atlantic Ocean. Galway is renowned for its vibrant pubs and nightlife.
Gallway - The Burren, Cliffs of Moher and Connemara © Tourism Ireland
Galway – The Burren, Cliffs of Moher and Connemara © Tourism Ireland

More West Coast of Ireland attractions include:

  • Aran Islands – three islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay, home to ancient sites.
  • Boyle Abbey – 12th century monastery in County Roscommon.
  • Ceide Fields – Ireland’s famous stone monument dates back to 5,000 BC.
  • Drumcliff Church – Famous Irish Poet William Butler Yeats is buried in the churchyard.
  • Dun Aonghasa – perched on a sea cliff, it’s the largest of the prehistoric stone forts of the Aran Islands.
  • Grianan of Aileach – stone fort sits on a hilltop 800 feet above sea level in County Donegal.
  • Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens – one of Ireland’s most romantic sites. The Benedictine monastery is located in Connemara, County Galway.
  • Lough Gill – one of Ireland’s prettiest lakes.
  • Lough Sur – one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites.
  • Ross Abbey Ruins –  Founded in 1357, the national monument is among the best-preserved medieval monastic sites in Ireland. The ruins are located in County Galway. 

Book Galway and West Coast of Ireland Sightseeing Tours & Day Trips

Discover the outdoor natural beauty of Galway Bay and Connemara. Take a Guided Tour of Connemara and Connemara National Park. Visit the towering Cliffs of Moher and The Burren, two of Ireland’s most popular natural wonders. Get access to incredible views of the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher that can only be seen by boat.

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The Best Time To Visit Galway and the West Coast of Ireland

Ireland’s mild, temperate climate makes it a great place to visit year-round. Spring (March-May) and Fall (September-November) are good times to visit Galway and the West Coast of Ireland. Peak tourist season is June-August, so expect crowds. It can rain anytime of the year, so be sure to pack an umbrella and a light windbreaker jacket, whenever you’re planning to visit. 

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