The western coast of Ireland is a place of untold beauty intertwined with medieval mystery, though with fewer footprints across the countryside and voices upsetting the quiet. Other tourists' losses are more attentive travelers' gains, as the West Coast region has plenty to offer with less clutter and crowds.
Clare is known for farming and fishing, but its 2000-plus stone fortresses and strongholds draw the traveler seeking medieval mystery amid the galleys, halls and battlements. The counties waterways and the Burren, a limestone concentration, also color the county. Galway is among the signature districts of Ireland given its bogs, peat meadows and rolling hills flanking stone cottages, lochs and greenery. Offshore, the Aran Islands are a limestone phenomenon that once protected the region from invaders.
The aquifers and waterways of Roscommon feed the vast grasslands and bogs inhabited by grazing sheep and cattle. The town itself has the ruins of a Norman castle not far from a Dominican monastery. Meanwhile, in Mayo, travelers will find vast natural splendor including undisturbed beaches and towering mountains. From Clew Bay to the peninsulas and islands of the region, there is abundant nature with limited tourism, rewarding those who do find their way to the county.
When you're done exploring and taking in the sights, the cottages and apartments we feature will provide everything you need to reload for the next day's ventures.
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