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Check out this slideshow Cycle the Great Western Greenway in this list 12 Reasons to Love the West of Ireland County Mayo, Great Western, Connemara, Ireland, Scenery, Environment, Country Roads, Explore, Adventure

Great Western Greenway

Hop on a bike and cycle the Great Western Greenway in County Mayo, a 26-mile walking and cycling track that takes in some of the West of Ireland’s best views. The greenway follows the old Great Western railway line from Westport to Achill Island, which first opened in 1895 and closed in 1937. The...

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English Market

This covered food market dates back to 1786 (there has been a market on the site since 1610) and today it’s a bustling indoor food market with everything from fresh fish to spices, cheeses, oils and homemade cakes on sale. It's also a hub of social activity for the city, where people meet for a s...

AFAR.com Highlight: Take to the Waves in Co Donegal by Yvonne Gordon Moving To Ireland, Ireland Uk, Surfing Ireland, Best Surfing Spots, Hawaii Surf, Water Photography, Donegal, Atlantic Ocean, Things To Come

Bundoran

Drive down a country road in County Donegal toward the sea, and you’re likely to find miles of unspoiled golden beach – and if there are waves, the water might be filled with surfers. Pounded by the big swells of the Atlantic Ocean, the northwest of Ireland is one of the best surfing spots in Eu...

Malin Head, in County Donegal, is renowned for its rugged coastal landscape and attractive beaches. The area is steeped in history and folklore. Malin Head is an area for. Connemara, Roadtrip Europa, Wild Atlantic Way, Dame Nature, Republic Of Ireland, Ireland Travel, Tourism Ireland, Donegal, Nature Images

Inishowen Peninsula

Take a leisurely day trip (or a couple of days) to drive around Inishowen, the largest of Donegal’s peninsulas and enjoy the rugged scenery, with remote beaches, stone forts, castle ruins and a military museum at Dunree Head to explore. The total drive is 157km (98 miles) and you'll find plenty o...

Check out this slideshow The Poetry of Yeats Country in this list 13 Reasons We Love Ireland Most Famous Poems, Scotland Travel, Scotland Trip, Love Ireland, Horseback Riding, Places To Travel, Countryside, Country Roads, Tours

Yeats Country

As a child, William Butler Yeats spent his summer holidays in County Sligo, and the lakes and hills inspired many of his most famous poems, such as The Lake Isle of Innisfree. Take a leisurely day and follow the Yeats Trail around the locations in the area that he loved, taking in Glencar Lough, ...

Check out this slideshow A Walk in Glenveagh National Park in this list 13 Reasons We Love Ireland Wales Holiday, Ireland Travel Guide, Love Ireland, Scotland Travel, Scotland Trip, Republic Of Ireland, Donegal, Vacation Destinations, Vacations

Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park is one of the highlights of the northwest of Ireland. A number of walking trails traverse the 62 square miles of rugged mountains, lakes, remote bogs, and woodlands, where wildlife such as red deer and golden eagles roam. The centrepiece is Glenveagh Castle (you can take a...

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Slieve League

You will need a head for heights to visit Slieve League; at 600 meters (2,000 feet), these are the fifth-tallest sea cliffs in Europe. What makes them so special is that they are also some of the most accessible ones. Nearly three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, they offer ...

AFAR.com Highlight: The Remote Feeling of Glencolmcille Village by Yvonne Gordon Donegal, Remote, Ireland, Highlights, Adventure, Feelings, House Styles, Places, Travel

Glencolmcille

A drive through the magnificent Glengesh Pass will bring you to Glencolmcille (Geann Cholm Cille in Irish), a small village on one of the most westerly points of Donegal, which was hard hit by emigration in the 1950s. It feels like one of the most remote villages in Ireland. At the Folk Village M...

Check out this slideshow A Drive Around a Dramatic Headland in this list 29 Breathtaking Cliffs To See In Your Lifetime Pictures Of Beautiful Places, Paragliding, Ireland Travel, Walking Tour, Dream Vacations, Beautiful World, Adventure Travel, Horn, National Parks

Horn Head

This short 13km drive is worth taking for the panoramic views of the northwest coast, stretching from the Rosguill Peninsula to the Bloody Foreland, and out to Tory Island to the north. There’s plenty of seabird life on the cliff ledges, with puffins, storm petrels, gulls and guillemots. When you...

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Tory Island

Hop on a ferry and take off for a few days to this windswept island off Donegal’s northern coast, which has a thriving community of artists, an Irish-speaking community, and even its own king, who will welcome you off the boat. There are plenty of walks and biking trails, as well as the ruins of ...

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Inishbofin Island

Get away from it all on this island off Co Galway – less busy than the Aran Islands, it's a great place to unwind with some walking or cycling, with lots of remote beaches and historic ruins to explore. The are plenty of stories too – the ruined castle at the harbour was occupied by pirates in th...

Check out this slideshow Drive the Causeway Coastal Route in this list The Best of Northern Ireland Love Ireland, England Ireland, Ireland Travel, Oldest Whiskey, Good Drive, Road Trip Europe, Horseback Riding, Northern Ireland, Places To See

Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland

The best drive in Northern Ireland, this is a dramatic 120-mile coastal route between the green Glens of Antrim on one side and the spectacular coastline with its cliffs, unusual rock formations such as the giant’s face (pictured, above) and Giant’s Causeway on the other. There are also mysteriou...

Check out this slideshow Rambling in the Glens of Antrim in this list The Best of Northern Ireland Places To Travel, Places To See, Oldest Whiskey, Whiskey Distillery, European Destination, Forest Park, Ireland Travel, Travel Abroad, British Isles

The Glens of Antrim

The nine Glens of Antrim, a series of lush green valleys opposite the Causeway coast, are another of Northern Ireland's most striking features. Each glen has its own forests, waterfalls and rivers. Glenariff is known as the Queen of the Glens and at Glenariff Forest Park you’ll find waymarked tra...

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Old Bushmills Distillery

This is where to find out how Irish whiskey is made, with a guided tour through the live production process from grain to glass at Ireland’s oldest working distillery, which got its licence in 1608. You can see everything from the malted barley being ground and mashed, to the maturing whiskey cas...

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Marble Arch Caves

Glide into these caves by boat, to see the impressive stalactites and stalagmites that have formed in the limestone rock deep underground over millions of years ago. On a guided tour, you'll hear all about the subterranean caverns, stone pools and streams (there are lots of steps so some fitness ...

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Queen's University

With its eye-catching gothic facade, as well as plenty of other listed buildings around its spacious campus, Queen's University is worth an hour or two’s exploring (you can take a self-guided walking tour with a map from the visitor's centre). Don't miss the special Narnia wardrobe door (Belfast ...