For the penultimate part of this little series, I’ll be picking up right where part 3 left off in Southwest Country Mayo! If you haven’t seen the previous parts of this series, you can find them here 🙂
Moving into County Galway, one of the first places I would like to go is Connemara National Park. Connemara is a very famous part of Ireland known for beautiful scenery. On the way to the national park, I hope to drive along the Connemara Loop to see as much as I can!
Growing up in Ireland, I’ve always heard about the Aran Islands but I’ve never gotten a chance to visit them. Seeing as they are just a ferry ride away from Galway, I’ll definitely try and pop over to at least one of the islands if I am in the area!
A little further inland is Galway City. I actually have been here before but I was a child and to be honest, I don’t really remember anything at all! I’ve heard so many good reports on Galway City, the atmosphere is supposed to be amazing and the city itself is beautiful.
Leaving Galway, the next stop is County Clare. Of course, no trip around Ireland is complete without seeing the Cliffs of Moher. Although I’ve seen a good part of this country, I somehow have managed to live here for 18 years and I’ve never visited what is probably one of the top tourist attractions in the country! The Cliffs of Moher attract tourists from all around the world because of their beautiful view out onto the Atlantic Ocean.
Between Galway City and the Cliffs of Moher is one very important stop. Growing up Irish, Father Ted has always been one of my favourite shows. Of course the island that the show is based on, Craggy Island, isn’t a real place unfortunately, however the house used in the show is actually in County Clare. Luckily, the house is pretty much en route from Galway and so I will definitely be sure to have a drive past!
The next significant part of the trip will be County Kerry, however, to get there, there will be a nice drive through part of County Limerick!
County Kerry is arguably one of the best tourist counties in Ireland given that there is just so much to do and see! I had a family holiday in Kerry a few years back and so I have already visited some of the places on this list, but that’s not to say that I wouldn’t visit them again!
Seeing as there are so many places, I’m going to list some of the most popular places (in no particular geographical or popularity order).
First up, County Kerry has many many beaches. Doing some research, I’ve found a couple that I believe look really nice! If you are continuing around the coast, a nice place to visit might be Nun’s Beach. This little alcove in the surrounding cliffs is just beautiful!
Continuing on down through Tralee and round the coast, the next few viewpoints are Conor Pass and Brandon Mountain. This is really a true Irish setting with the winding roads throughout the mountains.
While at this part of the coast, it could be a nice idea to go out to the Blasket Islands. From what I’ve heard, this is a good place to spot Dolphins and Seals!
All around the coast of Kerry there are lovely walks and drives in which you can see lots of cliff formations while also seeing miles out into the Atlantic Ocean. These include: Bray Head Loop Walk, Fogher Cliffs, Kerry Cliffs, Skellig Ring and the Ring of Kerry. There is also the option to go out and view Skellig Michael too!
The area that I have previously visited in Kerry is Killarney and there are quite a few things to do there. Some of the top places to see in Killarney include Muckross Abbey and the surrounding estate, Killarney National Park and one that I personally haven’t been to but I’ve heard lots about, Torc Mountain and Waterfall!
Not too far away from Killarney are the Gap of Dunloe and Carrauntoohil which are both well worth a visit!
As always, these are only a few of the places that each of these counties have to offer and I imagine while out on the road, you could definitely find many more places!
Part 5 of this series will be the final part! From County Kerry, I will (hypothetically) move into Counties Cork, Waterford and Wexford before heading back up north! 🙂