The beautiful town of Westport is situated on the West Coast of Ireland along Clew Bay. The town center of Westport is a beautiful area, lined with shops and restaurants. The fact that Westport was a planned town is obvious from the spacious streets, picturesque river and it’s famous octagonal square. Westport was designed in the Georgian style of architecture. The grand buildings, wide spaces and mature trees all add to this beautiful town. The town has a thriving bar and food scene while also offering easy access to areas such as Achill Island and Belmullet.
After leaving Westport, Clew Bay is the next attraction along the road. Legend has it that Clew Bay has 365 islands in it, ”an island for every day of the year”. The large number of drumlins at the east end of the bay gave rise to this myth, but in fact there are not so many. Without doubt, Clew Bay is a magical sight and one not to be missed. There are a number of laybys for pulling over and enjoying the view.
Croagh Patrick is clearly visible along the road out of Westport. It is said that Saint Patrick spent the 40 days of lent fasting and praying on Croagh Patrick. Croagh Patrick is 764 metres tall and is an important site of pilgrimage in Ireland. It is the third highest mountain in County Mayo after Mweelrea and Nephin. On “Reek Sunday”, the last Sunday in July every year, over 25,000 pilgrims climb the mountain. There is a church at the summit and masses are celebrated regularly.
The route from Lousibourgh to Clifden is one of the most spectacular routes in Ireland, if not the best known. In particular areas along the way, the landscape remains untouched. A number of stunning lakes and inlets are skirted along the way, along with several small towns before you enter the Connemara.
Clifden is situated on the west coast of Ireland in County Galway against the backdrop of the 12 Ben Mountains and beautiful rugged coastline. The town is the center of the Connemara area and is known locally as the Capital of Connemara. Clifden is a lively location full of shops, pubs, restaurants and cafés. While the major attraction in the area is the landscape, the town of Clifden is a great place to spend some time.
The Sky Road in Clifden is one of the best tourist attractions in the entire Connemara region. The circular route is 11km long and takes you out west from Clifden. Simply put, the scenery along the Sky Road is stunning. Very few places in Ireland can match the rugged beauty and range of scenery that can be seen from the Sky Road. The route is well signposted from Clifden and easy to find.
Galway is the third largest city in Ireland, but for what it lacks in size it makes up for in character. The central area is full of pubs, restaurants and shops while small medieval streets surround. The city has a famous night life and more pubs than you could ever hope to visit.
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