A holiday in the North West is an outdoor adventure, from the Donegal coastline to the waters and the wild of Sligo. Cavan, Monaghan and Leitrim complete the North West's appeal, with angling, cruising and golf among the many activities on offer.
In the North West of Ireland you will find plenty of crisp clean air, free from city life. You will also find many activities such as hill walking, horse riding and much more. The historical aspects of this region are more than enough by themselves to entice.
Highlights of the North West of Ireland:
Donegal is the most northerly county on the island of Ireland, but still only three hours from Dublin. Explore wild rugged Atlantic shores and peaceful tranquil lakeland, dense woodland and wide open spaces.
Visit the beautiful Glenveagh National Park and Castle, or explore one of the many touring routes - travel from Horn Head in Sheephaven Bay to Malin Head in Inishowen and pass through some of the most picturesque towns and villages and witness spectacular coastal views.
In the south of the county, the famous Donegal Bay stretches from beautiful Bundoran to Donegal Town and onto Glencolmcille. View it all from the sea cliffs of Slieve League while watching fishing boats from Killybegs bringing home their fish catch.
For more tips on what to see and do in Donegal log onto www.discoverireland.ie/donegal
Sligo has a special quality that entices visitors back time and again. Positioned on the North West of the island of Ireland it is a county steeped in heritage and tradition. Sligo has a green and lush landscape, dominated by sheer limestone ridges such as towering Ben Bulben, very distinctively recognisable as a 'typical Sligo' shape. It boasts spectacular sandy beaches at Rosses Point, Strandhill, Easkey, Enniscrone and Mullaghmore, many with EU blue flag beaches.
Carrowmore megalithic cemetery, the most extensive in Europe, is situated here and it is amazing to think that it pre-dates the pyramids of Egypt. Immortalised in poem by W.B. Yeats and through the paintings of his brother Jack, there is something in Sligo to suit everyone - surfing beaches of international renown, the monastic island of Innismurray, Coney Island (its New York counterpart was named after it), championship links golf, or sunset cruising on Lough Gill.
For more tips on what to see and do in Sligo log onto www.discoverireland.ie/sligo
With the smallest county population in Ireland and a landscape that extends from the Shannon River basin to the Atlantic Ocean the visitor to Leitrim is guaranteed a unique holiday experience. A county which is good for the angler is also good for the general tourist and those interested in wildlife. Beauty stands in place of industry and nature weaves an uninterruped spell over all who visit this beautiful county.
For more tips on what to see and do in Leitrim log onto www.discoverireland.ie/leitrim
Refresh your spirits in Cavan, the Lake Country, a county with an ancient and colourful heritage. Relax with a weekend break at a contemporary hotel, island lodge, historic castle, homely B&B, farmhouse or lakeside chalet. Enjoy a hot stone massage at a luxury spa or a round of golf at a championship golf course. Experience the finest of food at one of many award-winning restaurants. Discover spectacular scenery, wonderful fishing, cruising and activities. Go walking amidst lake-dotted countryside or canoeing through the interweaving channels of Lough Oughter. Whatever you're after, it's all here in Cavan, the perfect place for tranquility and activity.
For more tips on what to see and do in Cavan log onto www.discoverireland.ie/cavan
Monaghan is a must for a number of reasons, primarily its unique activities and attractions, vibrant festivals, great food and quality accommodation and its proximity to Dublin and Belfast. Prepare to be thrilled, skilled and chilled!
Why not experience first hand the thrill of driving real rally cars at Rally School Ireland or get a soaking as you learn to water ski on the magnificent Lough Muckno with the Ski Muckno club? Or enjoy the excitement of quad biking over bumpy ground and muddy ditches with Irish Country Quads?
If you are more interested in chilling, you could slow things down a bit and explore the countryside on horseback at the equestrian centre at Castle Leslie Estate. Or how about adding to your culinary skills in their cookery school, located in the castle’s original Victorian kitchens? Finally, for all the golfers amongst you, why not test your drives on the picturesque parkland courses at the Nuremore Golf Course or at Clones Golf Club
For more tips on what to see and do in Monaghan log onto www.discoverireland.ie/monaghan
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