Accommodation Guide to Connaught

Tourists in Ireland spend most of their time in and around Dublin, but a trip out west is essential for anyone who craves the open countryside. With care hire in Connaught province, you can be based in the cultural capital of Galway and enjoy the Aran Islands without giving up access to un-populous back country.

One of the shining attractions in Connaught is County Mayo's Knock Shrine, which has been on pilgrims' radars since 1879, when the Virgin Mary and a small entourage of saints appeared to devotees here. This is a major religious attraction that once brought Mother Teresa herself to the region. Today, half a million annual pilgrims venture in.

For more mainstream tourists, the most exciting aspect of Connaught is the city of Galway on the west coast. This multicultural hub of activity hosts what may well be the most innovative and crowd-pleasing music and arts scenes on the island. Hotels in the city are perfectly positioned for walking to late-night bars and restaurants.

These are the counties of Connaught Province:

 

County Galway

Consistently enthrals tourists with its rugged coast, picturesque islands and rocking pub-and-club scene.

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County Roscommon

Is a landlocked county that boasts Stone Age sites, forest parks, abbeys and castles that more than make up for its lack of coastline.

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County Leitrim

Is the least populated county in Ireland, stacked with drive-able countryside that spans mountains, the Lakelands and a five-kilometre stretch of coastline. 

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County Sligo

Was the ancestral home of William Butler Yeats, and today it's famous for its pastureland, charming towns and Neolithic sites.

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County Mayo

Offers near-endless tracts of quiet countryside interspersed with a few historic sites and the all-important Knock Shrine.

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