Ireland’s West Coast
Ireland’s West Coast has a charm, cultural
festivals up and down the crashing Atlantic coastline,
heritage and geographical variety all of its
along with plenty of great places in which to enjoy a
own, with mountain scenery, a unique
meal and soak up the atmosphere – from medieval
banquets in restored castles (Bunratty and
lunar landscape and long stretches of
Knappogue) to award-winning restaurants and pretty
golden sands arresting the senses with
country pubs. In Connemara, however, a speciality
their invigorating appeal.
not to be missed is hill lamb.
From the misty mountains of Donegal in the north-
In bustling Galway and Limerick, and in towns like
west, south through the wild wilderness of
Donegal, Sligo, Ballina and Carrick-on-Shannon, you’ll
Connemara and down to the mouth of the River
find award-winning restaurants and welcoming pubs,
Shannon where it greets the Atlantic Ocean, seafood,
where the whole family can enjoy hearty lunches, or
unsurprisingly, is the constant theme.
relax to the infectious rhythm of Irish traditional music
in the evenings.
Sea vegetables are gathered and dried as a local
delicacy and sumptuous shellfish are in plentiful
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supply wherever you go. While the Galway Oyster
Festivals are world famous, there are many seafood