FODOR'S GO LIST 2015
The top 25 places we think should be on every traveler's radar this year.More
Accommodation in the area tends to the traditional; outside Westport there are few indoor pools and gyms: instead there are informal, friendly places where you will probably end up comparing notes with other travelers over a huge cooked breakfast. Add variety by alternating rural isolation with the lively towns. Both Clifden in Connemara and Westport in Mayo have lively pub scenes. Clifden attracts
a younger, mainly single, crowd, especially in July and August, so be prepared: the music might be rock rather than Irish.
Lakeside Cong is a tiny village, but is a magnet for visitors. It is often pointed out that Ashford Castle, one of the most sumptuous of Ireland's castle hotels, is bigger than the village. Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in Clifden is a Victorian manor whose relaxed ambience and good value attract Irish holidaymakers on short breaks. Knockranny House Hotel and Spa in Westport is one of Ireland’s premier luxury hotels, situated in its own extensive grounds. Mount Falcon Estate near Ballina offers country house luxury, and caters especially (but not exclusively) for anglers and golfers.