Below, in list view, are some great visitor experiences in the West. Click on 'Map View' to see their proximity to each other. If using a a mobile device in Ireland, you can use the 'nearby' function in search to see what's close to your location.
Stunning coastline
Blue Flag Beaches of Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Galway Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Galway, Ireland
The naturally stunning formations of the West's coastlines provides long stretches of golden sand and impressive sand dunes.
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Get close to the masters of the sky
Eagles Flying Irish Raptor Research Centre Ballymote, Co. Sligo, Ireland
Ireland’s largest Bird of Prey Centre offers the incomparable experience of being up close to eagles, falcons, owls and vultures.
Open Daily Apr to Nov
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Hidden history from connemara
Glengowla Mines and Working Farm Experience Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland.
Glengowla Mines and working farm are steeped in history, old cuttings from well before the mine opened in 1850.
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Fun activities for all
Lough Key Forest and Activity Park Rockingham, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
A Lakeside Visitor Centre is the gateway to more than 800 acres of parkland and forest at Lough Key.
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Past made present
National Museum of Ireland – Country Life Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Experience a bygone way of life with Ireland’s National Folklife Collection, displayed across four floors of modern exhibition galleries.
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Where the land meets the sea
Great Lighthouses of Ireland Various locations throughout the Island of Ireland
Great Lighthouses of Ireland offer a truly unique experience around Ireland’s stunning coastline in 14 breath-taking locations.
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Something for all the family
Achill Island Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Achill is the place for painting and photography and offers visitors spectacular views, natural landscapes and several Blue Flag beaches.
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Passenger Ferry to the Aran Islands
Aran Island Ferries City Office, 37-39 Forster Street, Galway City, Co. Galway, Ireland
The award-winning family run ferry company, offer daily sailings to each of the islands from Ros a Mhil Port, with an average sailing time of 40 minutes.
Open Daily Year Round
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original 13th century battlements
Athenry Castle Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland
The castle consists of a three storey tower with parts of the original enclosure wall still surviving today.
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Built by the O'Flahertys ca 1500
Aughnanure Castle Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland
Standing on what is virtually a rocky island, the castle is a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house.
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Ireland's longest coastline
Donegal boasts many Blue Flag beaches and the longest coastline in Ireland. Whether your preference is the panoramic small inlet cove, or an extensive sandy beach, there is lots to explore.
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an extensive coastline
Galway has quality beaches and amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean. The beaches are great for swimming, walking, exploring rock pools, wind-surfing, kite-surfing and all sorts of beach fun.
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Well preserved cistercian monastery
Boyle Abbey Boyle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
An impressive and well preserved Cistercian Monastery which was founded in the 12th century under the patronage of the local ruling family, the MacDermotts.
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A stone age monument
Céide Fields Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, Ireland
The Céide Fields in North Mayo will certainly give you a unique experience. For this is not just another archaeological monument or visitor centre.
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Journey to beautiful clare island
Clare Island Ferry – O’Grady’s Roonagh Point, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
The journey gives you just enough time to view and photograph a most spectacular coastline which includes Achill Island, the Nephin mountain range, the islands of Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick.
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An iron age bog road
Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre Kenagh, Co. Longford, Ireland
Corlea Bog is built on the exact axis of the trackway and a boardwalk across the bogland follows the course of the remaining trackway buried within the bog.
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National Aquarium of Ireland
Galway Atlantaquaria The Promenade, Salthill, Galway City, Ireland
Take A Tour Of Galway Aquarium, or just enjoy at your leisure, talks throughout the day include ' Big Fish' feeding, Touch pool tours, fresh water fish feeding.
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explore the collections
Galway City Museum invites you to explore its collections and exhibitions. Recipient of Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for ten years running.
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Beautiful Atlantic Island
Inishturk Island Inishturk Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Inishturk off the coast of Mayo, rises boldly from the wild North Atlantic in wall-like cliffs to the northwest and steep hills to the north.
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peaceful countryside
Museum Greenway Museum Greenway, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Combine a visit to the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life with a Greenway cycle for a great day out. Start your day at Lough Lannagh and pedal or hike along the 10km riverside route.
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The perfect getaway
O’Malley Ferries Inishturk Island Roonagh Pier, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, Ireland
O’Malley Ferries provide a year-round ferry service to the island of Inishturk. Inishturk is a small unspoilt Island that is steeped in history.
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an impressive semi-fortified house
Portumna Castle and Gardens Portumna, Co. Galway, Ireland
Built before 1618 by Richard de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde, the castle became the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years
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Unique setting for a Wildlife park
Stonehall Wildlife Park Curraghchase, Kilcornan, Co. Limerick, Ireland
This location offers a unique setting for a purpose built Wildlife park which has now developed from a pet farm into a wildlife park/Zoo for families to experience fun and education.
Open Apr to Oct
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Commemorating 'The Rosary Priest'
The Father Peyton Centre Attymass, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Officially opened in October 1998 as part of the work of the congregation of Holy Cross to continue the ministry of prayer that was so near to Fr Peytons heart.
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an 18th century mansion
The National Famine Museum Strokestown Park Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
Strokestown Park is a unique historic property in Co. Roscommon in the west of Ireland and is the home of the first landlord to be assassinated during the height of the Great Famine.
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THE SHEEP AND WOOLLEN INDUSTRY
The Sheep and Wool Centre Leenane, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
The Museum was founded in 1992 by Michael and Kathleen O'Toole, with a view to preserving and protecting the traditions and skills of the local sheep and woollen industry in Connemara
Open Daily Mar to Sept
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unspoilt beauty
Westport Cruises The Quay (Westport Harbour), Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland
No visit to Westport, or Mayo would be complete without a cruise on Clew Bay. The bay is home to a thriving seal colony, beautiful secluded beaches and breathtaking views of Croagh Patrick,
Operates Apr to Oct
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Experience rich medieval history
Athenry Heritage Centre Athenry Heritage Centre, St. Mary’s The Square, Athenry, Co. Galway
Experience Athenry’s rich medieval history with a guided tour of the Athenry Heritage Centre. Enjoy the ‘Medieval Experience’ and dressing up in medieval costumes.
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Scenic mountains and woodland
Connemara National Park Letterfrack, Co. Galway, Ireland
Much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate and the Letterfrack Industrial School, the remainder having been owned by private individuals.
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A Great Lighthouse of Ireland
Fanad Lighthouse Fanad, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Step back in time and hear stories about light-keepers in days gone by and climb to the top of the tower for spectacular views of land and sea.
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The derek hill collection
Glebe House and Gallery (The Derek Hill Collection) Churchill, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Regency House, 1828, set in woodland gardens, decorated with William Morris textiles, Islamic and Japanese art etc.
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in the heart of the Connemara
Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh, Connemara Ros Muc, Co. Galway, Ireland
The Visitor Centre houses a fascinating interactive exhibition dealing with Pearse's legacy, and exploring the things that drew Pearse to Connemara: the area's unique landscape and history.
Open Daily Year Round
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A Restored plantation castle
Parke’s Castle Kilmore, Fivemilebourne, Co. Leitrim, Ireland
A restored plantation castle of the early 17th century, picturesquely situated on the shores of Lough Gill.
Closed for 2020 season
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13th century dominican friary
Sligo Abbey Abbey Street, Sligo, Co. Sligo, Ireland
Known locally as the Abbey, this Dominican Friary was founded in the mid - 13th century by Maurice Fitzgerald.
Closed for 2020 season
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Award winning collection
The Jackie Clarke Collection Pearse Street, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland
It is the most important private collection of Irish history material in public hands, comprising over 100,000 items spanning 400 years.
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Great family fun
Westport House Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland
There is something for everyone at Westport House: the beautiful historic Westport House, stunning grounds, the Pirate Adventure Park and the Birds of Prey centre.
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Events, walks and trails
Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre Ballycroy, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Ireland’s sixth National Park, located on the Western Seaboard in northwest Mayo.
Open Mar to Oct
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Aran Islands, Co. Galway
Aran Islands Aran Islands, Co. Galway, Ireland
The Aran Islands offer visitors spectacular views and natural landscapes and are a great getaway destination.
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An insight into coal mining life
Arigna Mining Experience Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon, Ireland  
With a coal-mining heritage of over 400 years, Arigna is now a popular tourist spot and appeals to those looking for a day out with a difference!
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Special Discoveries in the West
Ballyconnell – Canal Loop Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, Ireland
Walking loop starting from the bridge in the middle of the town and exploring the banks of the Woodford River and Annagh Lough Woods.
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Special Discoveries in the West
Benbulben Looped Walk Gortarowey, Co. Sligo, Ireland
Easy 5.5km walking trail suitable for all ages. Great for families.
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150 year old building
Blacksod Lighthouse Erris, Co.Mayo
An authentic lighthouse experience awaits you at Blacksod Lighthouse. This lighthouse was handcrafted from the Blacksod granite it sits on.
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Special Discoveries in the West
Bothar na Naomh Cloone, Co. Leitrim, Ireland
Bothar na Naomh is ideal for families with its quiet rural landscape and regenerated cutaway bog.
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Special Discoveries in the West
Bothy Loop Letterkeen Woods, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Follow the southern slopes of the relatively isolated lowlands of the Nephin Beg Mountains
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Megalithic tombs
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery Carrowmore, Co. Sligo, Ireland
This is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland and is also among the country's oldest.
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Explore Clifden and Connemara
Clifden Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland
Enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery and beautiful rugged coastline. Regarded as the capital of Connemara, Clifden is the ideal base for touring the region or engaging in an outdoor holiday.
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Experience its magic
Coole Park Nature Reserve Gort, Co. Galway
Coole Park Nature Reserve, managed by the National Parks & Wildlife Service, is a wetland system considered of global importance.
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be part of the adventure
Delphi Resort Leenane, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Delphi Resort is a leading adventure, spa and food destination with a variety of accommodation options including a 4 star hotel and the Wild Atlantic Hostel, located on the Wild Atlantic Way
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O'Donnell's Castle
Donegal Castle Donegal Town, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske, the Castle has extensive 17th century additions by Sir Basil Brooke.
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Special Discoveries in the West
Erris Head Loop Belmullet, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Erris Head offers spectacular views of this unspoilt and untouched part of Ireland.
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a unique destination
Fly Aer Arann to the Aran Islands Inverin, Co. Galway
Close to the views of the Cliffs of Moher, the islands have a weathered history and rugged landscape which folds together ancient and modern in three green, stone walled jewels of land.
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Situated in Glencar Valley
Glencar Waterfall Glencar, Co. Leitrim, Ireland
Glencar Waterfall is situated in the Glencar Valley. The 50ft Waterfall served as an inspiration to William Butler Yeats and he mentioned it in his famous poem “The Stolen Child”.
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Ireland's Oldest Shop®
Jeremiah Higgins Jeremiah Higgins, Main Street, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland
The shop stands as it was in the past and sells an eclectic mix of Irish goods, quirky gifts and unusual items.
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Outdoor Activity centre
Killary Adventure Company Leenane, Co. Galway, Ireland
Killary Adventure Co have everything you need for a fantastic activity holiday in Ireland including over 20 of the most exciting adventure activities to choose from and a stunning location.
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Historic 1,000 acre Estate
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden Kylemore, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Nestled in the heart of Connemara, Kylemore offers history, romance, nature and spirituality - making it the perfect day out for all the family.
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Special Discoveries in the West
Letterfrack Poetry Trail Letterfrack, Co. Galway, Ireland
The Letterfrack Poetry Trail consists of nine specially commissioned poems on plaques in various locations.
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Special Discoveries in the West
Monivea Monivea, Co. Galway, Ireland
Moderate 1.5km walking trail through Monivea woods on what was once the Ffrench estate.
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Special Discoveries in the West
New Village Walk Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland
Moderate 5km walking trail through forest plantations with amazing views of Lough Corrib.
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test your limits
Pallas Karting Tynagh, Loughrea, Co Galway
Whether you want to test your limits on one of the longest Go-Kart tracks or experience the exhilaration of paintball warfare, Pallas Karting & Adventure Centre at Tynagh has you covered!
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Special Discoveries in the West
Pigeon Hole Loop Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Easy 4.7km trail crossing the Cong river and passing several caves including Pigeon Hole Cave.
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Exhilarating treetop adventure
Zipit Forest Adventures (Boyle) Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
Climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets, surf with a difference or try cycling a bike over a narrow treetop bridge before zipping down one of the many ziplines.
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