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Activities

A wide variety of outdoor activites includes fresh water and deep sea angling, walking, cycling, canoeing, surfing, sailing, swimming, diving, sea-cruising, snorkelling, golfing, pony trekking and bird watching.

Walking in Connemara and the west of Ireland

Walking in Ireland West is for those who savour nature; those who like to drink in the atmosphere, relishing the flavour of the region and its people. Tiny cameos and broad panoramas can be equally satisfying because the walker touches the texture of each place, smells the perfumes of clean Atlantic air and sees the landscape slowly reveal itself in the light and the half light.

Lasting impressions are conceived, born and grow along the timeless coast in the rugged mountains and around an unspoiled countryside adorned with lakes, rivers and chattering brooks. The memories, which last, are forged between the walker and the gently charming folk who people the region.

Perched on the western fringes of Europe, Ireland West makes a statement for all that is pleasing in the environment. Heavy industry or large cities don?t on the walker?s enjoyment and the scale of the place ensures that shelter, restaurants and entertainment are never far away.

Horse Riding and Equestrian sports in Connemara and the West of Ireland

Nowhere in Ireland is there a more varied landscape in which to enjoy an equestrian holiday. Dramatic mountains, expansive lakes which mirror the huge skies, majestic rivers, small fields parcelled by dry stone walls, lovely forest parks, enchanting tracks and quiet roads all contribute to a terrain unmatched in its variety and unspoiled beauty. The Irish horse is renowned for its stamina, versatility, gentleness and intelligence and will provide an ideal companion on your riding holiday in the Ireland West Region.

Cycling

Connemara, Galway And Mayo

Connemara is perfect cycling country, where roads go around the hills rather than over them. The scenery changes from dramatic mountain ranges and fjords to sweeping open bogland and a rocky fractal coastline.

Mayo has some of Ireland's least known and most beautiful scenery from Lough Conn to the wide-open plains of West Mayo. Achill Island off the coast of Mayo is the largest island in the Country, with cliffs, sandy beaches, beautiful villages and great festivals.

Golf in Connemara and The West Of Ireland

There is a rich heritage of Golf in The West Of Ireland. Exciting parklands and links which reflect all the great traditions of the game. Connemara, Carne, Westport, Athlone, Galway and Galway Bay stand high on the list of Irelands championship venues.

Golf can be played year round in the West, the exhilaration of winter golf on the links is a special experience but not for the faint hearted! Ireland enjoys a temperate climate, the main golf season runs from April through Octover.

But that is not all. You too will discover there is an engaging quirkness about the way the game is played here. Golfers, immenselt proud of their courses, you will find eager to enmesh you in their style of golfing fun and diversion. Enjoyment of the game breaks out with little provocation. Watch for the signs, the casual salute waved from adjoining fairways, the nod, and some might say strangely the wink, used as a precursor to the "how'r'ye" and if that goes well, the "what are ye having" in the 19th. Go with it, relax and enjoy - in the West of ireland golf is both exciting and different.

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