The best period to visit the west coast of Ireland

Winter in Ireland may be cold but it doesn’t mean the end of your exploration. Travelling during winter is actually the best oppotunity to discover Ireland’s most famous sights without being surrounded by a crowd of tourists. Moreover, the quiet roads encourage you t0 cross the island towards the wild scnery of the west coast much easily.


First Stop: The Cliffs of Moher

With over one million visitors each year, the Cliffs of Moher are definitely worth the journey from Dublin. If taking awe-inspiring pictures in the cold makes your fingers go numb, you can still warm yourself inside the visitor centre. Enjoy the Cliffs Exhibition (Atantic Edge experience) which brings to life the geology and wildlife of the area while sipping a hot drink.

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O’Brien’s Tower marks the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher

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Let’s take a break on the moon

Nearby the Cliffs stands The Burren National Park. “Burren” comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place. This gigantic karst landscape is approximately 1500 hectares in size and fascinates by his lunar aspect. Oliver Cromwell, during is conquest of Ireland, went as far as saying: “There isn’t a tree to hang a man, water to drown a man nor soil to bury a man”. The Burren region is also called “Fertile rock” due to its surprisingly rich flora.

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The Burren National Park’s coast

Galway overview

What better way to finish such a journey along the west coast than stopping off in Galway to recharge your batteries. The traditional city possesses a plethora of small pubs and restaurants. Just go on the pedestrian Shop Street and let the tempting smells or eye-catching shopping windows guide you.

Photographer: Romain Losey

Don’t forget to check out our post about the Cliffs of Moher for more information: