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recommended KinsaleThis out-of-the-way hamlet combines the quaint and quiet quality of an Irish village straight out of a Maeve Binchy novel with the laid back essence of a beach community (appropriate, as it is located ... read moreon a bay). Perfectly picturesque at any time of the year, the town presents a slew of outdoor artisan markets and festivals that exemplify the "Top o' the mornin'!" nature of it's inhabitantsRecommended for:
recommended Galway and the Aran IslandsDefinitely try to explore the west coast of Ireland and the Aran Islands. It's more spacious and green than the east coast, and if you want to be exposed to a foreign language, the Aran Islands' ... read moreprimary language is Gaelic. I really enjoyed the street fair in Galway, where you can enjoy the local vendors and street musicians. It's also great to be on the coast and see the Atlantic Ocean from the other side.Recommended for:recommended Galway and the Aran IslandsI loved Galway, and I loved the Aran Islands even more - despite fighting the winds on a blustery November afternoon. Exploring the island by bike is a great option, but if you're directionally ... read moreimpaired and fear getting lost, taking an inexpensive tour via small van is an alternative. My guide was an Aran Island local, and could tell me exactly how many children were attending the Middle School as we passed it (30-something at the time, which tells you just how small the islands are). Explore the fort, lean over the cliffs and take pictures that would make your mother cringe, and heat up with a hot cup of tea in a rustic bar by the ferry (if that doesn't warm your bones, buy an Aran sweater, native to the island and extremely toasty). The views are unforgettable, and worth the choppy waters to and from the mainland.Recommended for:Erin K
Galway is a beautiful town, and the Aran Islands are even more spectacular. I would definitely try to make a stop here!