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The West of Ireland comprises the counties of Roscommon, Galway and Mayo. This is Ireland at its wildest and most romantic, and includes the beautiful region of Connemara, land of legends and mystery.
Kinvarra Castle
South of Galway City the land is gentler. Pretty Kinvarra sits on the southern shore of Galway Bay, while further up the coast is Clarinbridge, famous world-wide for its oysters. Gort is a convenient centre for exploring both Galway and the Burren in County Clare, whilst 25 east of Galway City is Loughrea, providing excellent fishing and numerous golf courses.

Galway City might be lacking in sights, but it more than makes up for it in terms of atmosphere and a lively environment, with traditional music pubs next door to chic nightclubs and enormous bars. A day at Galway Races is a real treat, and the city boasts its own seaside resort at Salthill.
Galway City
17 miles north-west of Galway is the market town of Oughterard, gateway to Connemara and main centre for enjoying the fishing, boating and beaching on Lough Corrib.

Connemara is a land of misty mountains, countless loughs and a deeply indented coastline. The scenery will always delight, whether you choose to spend time in the settlement of Carna Bay in the south, or in Roundstone fishing village from where you can walk to the Isle of Inishnee, or in beautiful Cashel Bay.

Inland, drive from Ballinafad's salmon river and lakes via lovely Lough Inagh to the Kylemore Pass with its lonely Abbey. Bustling Clifden is the main town in Connemara, and is the perfect centre for exploring the area.

County Mayo is less well-known than Galway, but offers equally dramatic scenery, and a better chance of escaping from the tourist trail. Westport is perhaps the best known town, a fishing harbour surrounded by great beaches and well-known for an authentic Irish music scene.

Beach on Achill Island .
Achill Island, off the west coast of Mayo but joined to it by a road bridge, is genuinely remote. Keel boasts some gorgeous, all but deserted beaches.

Castlebar, the county town, is a good central location for exploring Mayo. Ballina is famous as an angling centre, and is the starting point for the North Mayo Sculpture Trail. Charlestown is on the border with Sligo and close to Roscommon, so an ideal spot for touring this area.

Roscommon County is more rural in nature, and offers excellent fishing, especially in the east, where Rooskey on the Shannon is well-placed to cater for the angler. Roscommon town is worth a stop-over, with its Castle and Dominican Priory. The River Suck Trail is nearby.

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