Ireland is one of the most lush, beautiful countries in the world. It’s quiet pace and the warm, friendly manner of the Irish people are sure to draw you in. Whether you are travelling with your family, a solo backpacker or a couple on a romantic getaway, there is no place like Ireland to captivate your fancy. Filled with ancient mystique and bright green landscape, these hidden treasures are some of Ireland’s most unique, unspoilt places.
Perhaps Ireland’s most starkly beautiful place, Connemara is full of bluff landscapes and rocky beaches. Situated on the northwest coast of Ireland, in County Galway, Connemara is a “Gaeltacht” area where the Irish language is still spoken by the locals. In the town of Clifden, you can experience traditional Irish food and purchase hand knitted jumpers made from the wool of Connemara sheep! Kylemore Abbey, near Letterfrack, is a Benedictine monastery and one of Ireland’s most ornate architectural gems, while Killary Fjord is Ireland’s only natural fjord and offers spectacular views. The best time to visit is in early summer before the tourist crowds start, or in late autumn when the leaves are turning brilliant colours!