West of Ireland
Self Catering in the West & North West
The west of Ireland is a wonderfully wild and dramatic part of the country comprised of counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare. Trident Holiday Homes offers a diverse selection of self- catering holiday homes in the west of Ireland area ranging from traditional holiday homes in Ballyconneely, idyllic holiday cottages in Connemara, holiday apartments in the virbrant town of Westport and coastal self-catering cottages on Achill Island.
The west coast of Ireland is dotted with islands such as the famous “Gaeltacht” Aran Islands, Inishbofin, Inishturk, Clare Island - home to Ireland’s 16th century pirate queen Gráinne Mhaol, Achill Island and further north Arranmore Island in Donegal Bay.
This part of Ireland juxtaposes bustling vibrant towns such as Sligo, Bundoran, Westport and of course Galway City with wild open spaces, imposing peaks, rugged coast and bogland. This stunning countryside and coastline makes the area ideal for family seaside holidays, city breaks and activity breaks alike while also being an excellent destination for those who wish to learn more about Ireland’s past with an extensive variety of visitor attractions ranging from folk parks to stately homes, Abbeys to Neolithic tombs. In fact many of Ireland’s best known visitor attractions can be found in the West including the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Croagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey and Lissadell House.
In recent years, Ireland’s west coast has become a great favourite with surfers and there are any number of fantastic beaches with great surf. Some of the better known spots include Kilkee, Lahinch, Spanish Point, Doolin, Old Head Mulranny, Enniscrone, Easky, Bundoran and Rossnowlagh. A growing attraction is the 40ft Aileen Wave which forms under certain stormy conditions off the Cliffs of Moher and poses a major challenge to the most experienced surfer. Many equipment shops and schools have sprung up in response to increased demand and these cater for all ages and levels of ability.
The relative isolation of the west has contributed to its maintaining many local traditions and it is home to many of Ireland’s Gaeltacht or Irish speaking areas. These are areas where Irish is officially recoginsed as the predominant language over English and is in everyday use. Counties Donegal and Sligo both have Gaeltacht regions with Co. Galway having the largest in Ireland.
Our self catering holiday homes in the west of Ireland provide excellent bases from which to explore all that this diverse part of the country has to offer.
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