Destination Golf Ireland 2018 * - Page 116

Vibrant XXXX cafe and bar culture in the city centre of Galway illuminated at night. TOURISM IN CONNACHT The western most province of Connacht promises wild and rugged beauty, and a lot more. Galway City, with its bohemian charm and friendly atmosphere, is an essential destination when in this corner of the world. The Arts and culture are well supported here, with many of the country’s artisans and craft makers calling it home. With a backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, and a bustling nightlife, this is one city you cannot afford to miss. Just off the coast of Co. Galway lie the Aran Islands, in Galway Bay. Accessible by ferry or plane, these islands are one of the few remaining bastions of Irish language and culture, although other Gaeltachts certainly exist. The ancient fort of Dún Aonghasa (Dún Aengus) lies on Inishmór. Killary Harbour, in Co. Mayo, is a natural fjord and one of the most spectacular of its type in the country. Bordering this is Connemara, in western Galway. Wild and remote, Connemara is home to 114 some of the country’s Gaeltacht regions, as well as being the headquarters of the country’s Irish language TV station, TG4. It also happens to be the setting for the film The Guard, starring Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson. Sligo, with some of the finest beaches in Ireland, also offers many of the country’s best surfing opportunities. Strandhill is a world famous surfing destination (and has a very entertaining links as well). Co. Sligo was also the source of much inspiration for the poet William Butler Yeats. Connacht plays host to some of the most spectacular links golf courses in Ireland, but they are not for the faint hearted. Co. Sligo, Enniscrone, Carne and Galway Bay are all stern tests of golf, while Westport, Connemara, Galway and Strandhill give golfers the opportunity to see the splendour of Ireland’s west coast.