The Northwest Travel Guide


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Plan Your The Northwest Vacation

Comprising counties Sligo, Leitrim, and Donegal, this most inaccessible and isolated corner of Ireland provides rich rewards for intrepid travelers willing to overcome vast distances and spotty transportation. While the rest of the Emerald Isle has been fully explored, the Northwest can still proclaim itself "the hidden Ireland"—and that's no blarney.


The Northwest Hotels

True, it's the farthest-flung corner of Ireland, but thanks to the area's popularity, good bed-and-breakfasts and small hotels are abundant. In the more


The Northwest Restaurants

Donegal mountain spring lamb, Glen Bay lobster and crab, Donegal Bay oysters and mussels, Lough Swilly wild salmon, freshly baked scones, crusty more


The Northwest Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to the Northwest of Ireland

    Gaeltacht Country: Venture to the seaside village of Ard an Ratha to listen to the seductive rhythms of locals conversing in full Irish (Gaelic)... Read more

  • Come Gather in 2013

    During 2013, Sligo will be a key destination hub in what is billed as Ireland's biggest tourism event, The Gathering—an initiative to encourage... Read more

  • Gaeltacht: Understanding the Language

    County Donegal was part of the ancient kingdom of Ulster not conquered by the English until the 17th century. When the English withdrew in the... Read more

  • Aran Sweaters

    Most of the Aran sweaters you'll see throughout Ireland are made in County Donegal, the area most associated with high-quality, handwoven tweeds... Read more


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