Exploring Western Ireland

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As I’ve said in probably every Ireland post already, renting a car was absolutely the best decision I made in Ireland. I can’t imagine what my trip would have been like without one. I think driving around a country on your own time is the best way to explore a new place. You can stop when you want and where you want. It was on these stops that we discovered so many beautiful places in Ireland, especially western Ireland.

The Airbnb we stayed at was about 30 minutes away from Galway, but we only went into that town one out of the 4 days we were in the area. The other days, we went to some popular tourist sites like Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, The Cliffs of Moher and The Burren. And while those places were amazing, my favorite part of the whole trip was stumbling upon cute villages, abandoned castles, and beautiful cemeteries.

western ireland roadtrip, western ireland countryside, irish cottage, abandoned castle, fir trees, Galway, irish castles

western ireland roadtrip, western ireland countryside, irish cottage, abandoned castle, fir trees, Galway, irish castles

western ireland roadtrip, western ireland countryside, irish cottage, abandoned castle, fir trees, Galway, irish castles

western ireland roadtrip, western ireland countryside, irish cottage, abandoned castle, fir trees, Galway, irish castles

western ireland roadtrip, western ireland countryside, irish cottage, abandoned castle, fir trees, Galway, irish castles

western ireland roadtrip, western ireland countryside, irish cottage, abandoned castle, fir trees, Galway, irish castles

 


 

western ireland roadtrip, western ireland countryside, irish cottage, abandoned castle, fir trees, Galway, irish castles

western ireland roadtrip, western ireland countryside, irish cottage, abandoned castle, fir trees, Galway, irish castles

western ireland roadtrip, western ireland countryside, irish cottage, abandoned castle, fir trees, Galway, irish castles

western ireland roadtrip, western ireland countryside, irish cottage, abandoned castle, fir trees, Galway, irish castles

western ireland roadtrip, western ireland countryside, irish cottage, abandoned castle, fir trees, Galway, irish castles

western ireland roadtrip, western ireland countryside, irish cottage, abandoned castle, fir trees, Galway, irish castles

western ireland roadtrip, western ireland countryside, irish cottage, abandoned castle, fir trees, Galway, irish castles

These are some of the things we came across on the day we went to The Cliffs of Moher and The Burren (that post is coming soon!). There are several little villages you have to drive through when you’re in western Ireland. There are some small highways, but not to the places we wanted to go, so we got to see a lot of the local lifestyle. One thing that stood out was the old cars. I loved that! We also loved the quaint cottages, the sheep, and the beautiful trees that were just everywhere. Can I go back now?

Have you ever rented a car in a foreign country?

Photos by me.