The coastline around Galway Bay is legendarily beautiful, while immediately to the south are the spectacular 700-foot Cliffs of Moher (from the top of which, on a clear day, you can see the Aran Islands). Lough Corrib is justly famous for some of the best brown trout fishing in Europe. Lahinch, parts of which were designed by Old Tom Morris, is only the most famous of the region’s numerous golf courses. And the Burren is a mysterious coastal region where the landscape has been eroded into an incredible expanse of fissured limestone, which in spring and summer blooms with an astonishing array of wildflowers. To the great puzzlement of botanists, these blooms are of both Mediterranean and Arctic origin. In addition to the famous Poulnabrone dolmen, a neolithic tomb, the Burren is also home to a rich abundance of birds and other animals, so it is worth following some of the well-marked trails to see this extraordinary place up close.

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