On the Coast, Galway
... MUST see!
This is a part of Ireland (West Coast) where people still speak mostly Gaelic & there are at least 5 different types of landscape on the Connemara peninsula.
Important: if you have, get a Irish/Gaelic dictionary to learn about various road-signs ;o) - otherwise you might end up on a total different spot than you'd planned...
Also: never put your camera too far away - lot's of great photography-opportunities!!!
... I'm an absolute "water-lover" - water intrigues me big time & the Lar Connacht/Connemara area was almost like heaven for me, because of the many lakes everywhere and the open sea close by... ;o)))
If you can get the chance do drive along the coast road at sunset. It is well worth seeing the sight of the setting sun reflecting off the sea and spreading the last rays of light over the rocky burren, a majestic sight indeed. The shadows amongst the rocks creating a lunar landscape of mystical beauty.
Once a small seaside resort 3km west of Galway, Salthill is now an important suburb of this expanding city. Salthill seems to have grown in importance as a result and, today, it is the premier resort in Ireland. While it may have lost some of its simple rural charms.The giants Leisureland complex, with its host of children's entertainments, including an indoor heated swimming pool proves very popular. There is a golden half mile of casinos, pubs and restaurants.
You can take a ferry from here to get yourself to the aran islands, home to some of the most ancient pre-Christian remains in Ireland. Of the three islands - Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer. Inishmore- dun aengus, is the most popular with the tourists. The islands' isolation had allowed Irish culture to survive when it had all but disappeared elsewhere.
Also,...from galway, you can drive on to the cliffs of moher.
Cleggan is a small fishing village nestling at the head of Cleggan Bay, on Connemara's Atlantic Coast. This village is the departure point for ferry services to the islands of Inishbofin and Inishturk.
Wonderful contrasts of rugged stones & the rough sea - and it changes "faces" with the weather - you can never get bored of it :o)
... amazing panorama's everywhere...
I get "holiday-Connemara-homesick" whenever I look @ my photographs...
As I already mentioned, I love water and this area is just made for brilliant pictures!