Midway up the west coast of Ireland is County Galway, the second largest county in Ireland and one of Ireland`s most popular and vibrant destinations. A large county divided into two contrasting regions by the expanse of Lough Corrib. To the west, lying between the lake and the Atlantic is Connemara - a region of superb scenic grandeur dominated by the rocky mountain range known as the Twelve Bens. A great many of the inhabitants are Irish speakers, and much of the ancient Gaelic culture is preserved. Galway East, or East of Lough Corrib, is a fertile limestone plain extending to Roscommon.
Offshore, the eroded, sheer swaths of land known as the Aran Islands have a desolate, windswept aura that entrances. Tiny villages cling to the rocks while soft-hearted locals welcome their modern lifeblood: visitors. In the west, the Connemara Peninsula matches the beauty of other Atlantic outcrops such as Dingle. Tiny roads wander along a coastline studded with islands, surprisingly white beaches and intriguing old villages. County Galway has several blue flag beaches. The largest beaches are found in Connemara. Galway is also home to the greatest array of castles in Ireland, some in ruin, but some magnificently restored.
This is the perfect vacation package to introduce first time visitors to beautiful Ireland. Cover the highlights of this stunning country and stay in beautiful manor houses along the way. Begin your adventure in Dublin (with rich literary history, modern conveniences and authentic pubs), then travel in your rental car to see the splendor of the country. Galway and its surrounding area are full of unforgettable sights from rolling hills dotted with sheep to colorful towns, then on to Kerry with its famous countryside and the Ring of Kerry. See quaint towns, ring forts, and castles on route through Dingle Peninsula and Limerick. Return to Dublin for your last night!
This is a pre-set, independent, SELF DRIVE package. You may choose to visit any, all, or none of the suggested sites.
Known as the `city of the tribes`, a thriving, bohemian, cultural city with beautiful beaches and long winding promenade and has a buzzing cosmopolitan city center.
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