Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

The Northwest Travel Guide

Plan Your Northwest Vacation

With its towering cliffs, secluded expanses of golden beaches and sun-tinted waters, the Northwest is an untamed and wild part of Ireland, shaped, influenced, and tormented by the sea. Wide skies make it the perfect place to appreciate the shape-shifting light, slowly moving cloud formations, and crimson sunsets. As you drive around counties Sligo, Leitrim, and Donegal you will discover

roads curve this way and that, following the course of the indented coastline, a mountain valley, glen, or stream. But the only traffic-jam you’re likely to encounter will be a herd of heifers, reducing you to cow-speed.

Read More

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Gaeltacht Country Venture to the seaside village of Ard an Rátha to listen to the seductive rhythms of locals conversing in full Irish (Gaelic) flight. Don't worry everyone has English at the ready for lost visitors.
  2. Follow in Yeats’s Footsteps From Sligo town's museums head out to the majestic Ben Bulben peak to seek out places special to the famous brother duo, W. B. Yeats, the great poet, and Jack B. Yeats, one of Ireland's finest 20th-century painters.
  3. Garbo's Castle The legendary screen actress was just one of the many notables who enjoyed a stay at Glenveagh Castle.
  4. Hiking the Slieve League Cliffs To truly humble yourself before ocean, cliff, and sky, hike these fabled headlands, the highest sea cliffs in Europe. The views will set your heart racing, and the Atlantic sea winds are sure to blow away the cobwebs. The cliffs are also the spectacular starting point for the Irish leg of the International Appalachian Trail.

When To Go

When to Go

When it rains, it really pours. Forget about the winter months, when inclement weather and a heavy fog swing in from the Atlantic and settle in un...

Read More




Trip Finder

Fodor's Ireland 2015

View Details
Travel Deals