Tourist Attractions WestAugust 13, 2019
The West of Ireland is visually one of the most spectacular parts of the country. The Wild Atlantic Way has some stunning places to visit if you are around the area.
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year. Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years.
Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre
Aillwee Cave is a cave system in the Burren in County Clare. It consists of over a kilometre of passages leading into the heart of the mountain. Its features include an underground river and a waterfall as well as some large stalactites and stalagmites. The remains of bears can also be seen inside the caves and allusions have been made to it being the last bear den in Ireland.
There is also a Birds of Prey Education Centre on site. The mission of the Centre is to aid the conservation of Birds of Prey through visitor awareness and education.
Bunratty Castle is a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare. It is located in the centre of Bunratty village by the N18 road between Limerick and Ennis, near Shannon Town and its airport. The castle and the adjoining folk park are run by Shannon Heritage Tourism Board. The castle is famous for its medieval banquets, offered since 1963, at which the “Bunratty Castle Entertainers” perform today. The Bunratty Folk Park is a beautiful open-air museum featuring around 30 buildings recreated from old Ireland.
Galway City is a must visit for anyone taking a tour around Ireland. Brightly painted pubs, restaurants and cafes offer a front-row seat to watch the buskers and street performers on Shop Street. A walk on the prom out in Salthill is another experience not to be missed. It is a city steeped in history but regardless, the city buzzes with a contemporary vibe. Its energy and creativity have seen it being selected a European Capital of Culture for 2020.