Road trip: Travel Ireland’s West Coast

What’s not to love about Ireland’s wild wesht? Rugged coastline, awesome surf and wind-swept villages will charm the bejesus out of you! Hire a car and start your road trip in County Kerry, driving north to County Mayo’s idyllic seaside village, Westport.

 

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Image via Flickr CC, Ritesh3: Black Valley, Killarney. 

Start your trip in Kerry’s crowning glory, Killarney, where you can spend the day climbing Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohill. Alternatively, admire the splendour of the mountain fringed Killarney lakes from Aghadoe Heights, where you can indulge in a luxury spa day.

Your next stop will be County Clare, where the dramatic sheer Cliffs of Moher entrance visitors as much as the lunar landscape of The Burren National Park and it’s intricate network of caves. For those looking to lighten the mood, a trip to the BBC’s Father Ted’s house for tea, scones and plenty of photo ops is a must. Your trip wouldn’t be complete without some surf lessons at the Lahinch surf school.

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Image Via Flickr CC, Mark Walters: Croagh Patrick, by 

Wrap your trip up with a drive through County Galway, taste the culinary delights of Galway city and sample its raucous nightlife. Drive along its rugged coastline, sprinkled with wild flowers, and into the Connemara National Park, where you emerge from the shadows of the majestic Croagh Patrick to find Westport. Once you’ve sampled the fresh Atlantic oysters, washed down with a pint of Guinness and an evening of live music, you’ll be dreaming of your return to this legendary isle.

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