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  • 1 Connemara Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Galway

    The wild, jagged headland of Connemara, on the west coast of Ireland, juts out into the sea. Mountains, lakes such as Lough Corrib, torrents, undulating bog, outcrops, unspoilt beaches and endless vistas make up this beautiful region. Take the time t..

  • 2 Inishbofin Island Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Cleggan

    This island of meadows, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs was the lair of the notorious pirate queen, Grace O'Malley. Cromwell later captured Inishbofin, garrisoned it and detained prisoners here. At the foot of Cromwell's fort is a stone - visible at ..

  • 3 Connemara National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N 59 IRL - Letterfrack

    This park (2 000ha) covers part of the Twelve Bens mountain range and includes heaths, marshes and meadows with oak and silver birch copses, as well as many Mediterranean, Alpine and Arctic plant species. The common European stag, originally from Con..

  • 4 Sky Road Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Clifden

    Beyond Clifden Castle, formerly the home of John D'Arcy, a steep, narrow road climbs along the cliffs on the north side of the bay. The opposite shore is dominated by the round hump of Errisbeg (300m). As the road bears northwest over the ridge, a ma..

  • 5 Lough Corrib Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Galway

    The wooded shore road provides a view of this vast lake, nearly 48km long, the second largest in Ireland and dotted with countless islands. On one of them, in the lough's northwestern arm, stands the ruin of Hen's Castle, an O'Flaherty stronghold. It..

  • 6 Galway City Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Spanish Parade IRL - Galway

    Opened in 2007, a stone's throw from its former site and dominating the mouth of the River Corrib, this museum traces everyday life in the area through the ages. It has a remarkable exhibition on the Claddagh district and its traditions, and another ..

  • 7 Omey Island Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Claddaghduff

    Directly accessible at low tide from the tiny village of Claddaghduff, this small island has lovely sandy and rocky beaches, and a few houses. In summer, Connemara pony races are held on the beach.

  • 8 Turoe Stone Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    R 350 IRL - Bullaun

    In the middle of a field (on the right) stands a block of granite (1 m high) with a rounded top engraved with curvilinear motifs from the La Tène era (second Iron Age - 450-50 BC) and a step pattern arranged in four panels. Aside from these motifs, t..

  • 9 St Nicholas' Churchof Galway Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Market St. IRL - Galway

    The medieval church, where Christopher Columbus is said to have prayed, is dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Myra, the patron saint of sailors. The outside is decorated with gargoyles and sculptured mouldings. Inside there is a medieval water stoup, a b..

  • 10 Dunguaire Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N 67 IRL - Kinvarra

    Opposite the charming little port of Kinvarra, in Kinvarra Bay, a four-storey tower house and a bawn built in 1520 by the descendants of Guaire, King of Connaught during the 7C. Traces of the wickerwork support used in its construction are still visi..

  • 11 St-Bredan's Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Barrack St. IRL - Loughrea

    This is the cathedral of the Catholic diocese of Clonfert. The building was designed in neo-Gothic style by architect William Byrne in 1897. The richly decorated interior is an instance of the 19C revival of Celtic art. Construction was financed by E..

  • 12 Portumna Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R 353 IRL - Portumna

    This lovely 16C house, which stands in the north-east corner of the park, was the seat of the Burke family. The approach passes through a series of gardens divided by the Adam Gate (partially ruined), the Gothic Gate and the Tuscan Gate (nearest the ..

  • 13 St Mary's Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Kemple Jarlath IRL - Tuam

    All that remains of the original church is the red sandstone chancel. The two windows and chancel arch with its five rows of mouldings are fine examples of 12C Irish Norman architecture. East of the cathedral is a 14C building that was badly damaged ..

  • 14 Kylemore Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    N 59 IRL - Letterfrack

    The Irish name Coill Mhór, meaning big forest, refers to the oaks, silver birches, holly and conifers that cover the north shore of Pollacappul Lake, at the foot of Mount Doughrough. A neo-Gothic castle with towers and crenels, built between 1860 and..

  • 15 Battle of Aughrim Centre

    Museums and art

    N 6 IRL - Aughrim

    In order to recreate the bloody battle of Aughrim, the centre uses 3D audio visual presentations and a number of old artefacts. It relies mainly on the testimony of Captain Walter Dalton, who fought in the battle.

  • 16 Lynch's Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Abbeygate-St.-Upper IRL - Galway

    This 16C building belonged to the most powerful of the 14 tribes. The grey stone façade bears a number of fine sculptures: gargoyles, hood mouldings above the windows, medallions with the figure of a lynx, the family crest, or the arms of Henry VII.

  • 17 Roman Catholic Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    Salmon-Weir-Bridge IRL - Galway

    This cathedral was dedicated to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and to St. Nicholas. It was designed by John J. Robinson in 1957 and made from black marble from Galway, a local stone that can be polished beautifully. In the east transept above the altar..

  • 18 Spanish Arch

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Eyre's Long Walk IRL - Galway

    The name is a reminder of the city's trading links with Spain. The Spanish Arch seems to have been part of a bastion made of four blind arches, one of which was opened in the 18C to give access to a new dock beside Eyre's Long Walk. A small part of t..

  • 19 Nora Barnacle's House

    Museums and art

    Market St. IRL - Galway

    Souvenirs, photographs and letters are exhibited in this small house where James Joyce's wife lived before leaving for Dublin where she met her husband.

  • 20 Salmon Weir Bridge

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Salmon-Weir Bridge IRL - Galway

    The bridge, built in 1818, links the old prison, which occupied the site of the cathedral from 1808 until 1839, to the law courts that were built on the site of a Benedictine abbey. Upstream lies the salmon weir after which the bridge was named and t..

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