Take an Ireland Castle Tour in the West Region

Ireland West is a scenic and diverse region for an Ireland castle tour. The counties of Mayo, Roscommon and Galway feature the colorful landscapes of Galway as well as the stony desolate expanse of the Burren.

Galway-bay© Patricia McKinney-Lins

The lakes, rivers and mountains of the Western Region make this a popular vacation destination for Dubliners as well as those of us from other countries. The history of the area is one of challenge, poverty, hardship and survival. Times have changed and the prosperity of the area is due, in part, to tourism. The locals have pride in their hearty character, their loyalty to the Gaelic language and their love of music.

Croagh-Patrick-Mountain© Patricia McKinney-Lins

When you take an Irish castle vacation in the West Region, you will want to study history by day and enjoy traditional food, drink and music at night.

Shannon airport is conveniently located near the geographic West Region of Ireland. You can rent a car upon arrival and start your Ireland castle tour. The castles of Ireland West include:

Abbeyglen Castle,
Ashford Castle Hotel,
Ballynahinch Castle,
Belleek Castle Hotel,
Athenry Castle,
Aughnanure Castle,
Portumna Castle,
Dunguaire Castle,
Rindoon Castle,
Kilronan Castle Hotel,
Lough Cutra Castle and Estate, a self-catering property,
Cloghan Castle, a self-catering property,
Roscommon Castle, and
Rockfleet Castle.

When you are visiting Ireland West, you may want to:

Climb Croagh Patrick Mountain in Westport,

Croagh-Patrick-climb© Patricia McKinney-Lins

Learn about Grace O'Malley, the Pirate Queen, at the museum in Louisburgh. Then take the Clare Island Ferry to Clare Island and visit Grace's castle and home base.

Have the best fish and chips at McDonagh's in Galway,

Take the ferry to the Aran Islands, and

Aran-Islands-boats© Patricia McKinney-Lins

Golf in County Galway.

There are a variety of lodging choices in the West Region. Your choices include:

The Harbourmill hotel in Westport,

O'Grady's Guest House B&B on Clare Island,

Errisbeg Lodge B&B near Roundstone in Connemara,

The House Hotel in Galway,

Knockrea Guest House B&B in Salthill near Galway,

Park House Hotel in Galway,

Renvyle House Hotel
in Connemara,

Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Golf Course near Galway,

Cashel House Hotel near Galway.

You will be enchanted by Ireland West and will find many "favorite" places to return to. Have fun!

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