- Captivating Connemara An almost uninhabited landscape of misty bogland, studded with deep blue lakes under huge Atlantic skies painters have strived for generations to capture the ever-changing light.
- Cong à la Hollywood Fetching ivy-covered thatched cottages—including one commemorating the making of the archetypal "Irish" movie The Quiet Man—beside a ruined medieval monastery contrast with the baronial splendor of Ashford Castle, one of Ireland's most luxurious hotels.
- Clifden and the Sky Road Walk the Sky Road to take in its breathtaking scenery—sea views on one side, the Twelve Bens Mountains on the other—from the compact village of Clifden, the liveliest spot for miles around.
- Wordly Westport An engagingly old-fashioned town, Westport has an octagonal 18th-century market square and a quayside (on Clew Bay) that offers spectacular sunsets—a highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way.
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