Westport & Connemara
Consider spending at least one full day exploring the wild western Irish fringe known as Connemara. Hike the peak of Croagh Patrick, the mountain from which St. Patrick supposedly banished the snakes from Ireland. Pass through the desolate Doo Lough Valley on a road stained with tragic famine history. Bounce on a springy peat bog, then spend the evening in the prim and charming town of Westport. This beautiful area also claims a couple of towns — Cong and Leenane — where classic Irish movies were filmed, as well as the photogenic Kylemore Abbey.