Little Hotels in the West of Ireland

Giles Norman Townhouse

, Kinsale
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Luxury accommodation with exquisite good taste right by the waterfront in Kinsale.

Guest rating 9.8

Westbrook Country House

, Castlebar
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A boutique B&B in a Georgian country house between Castlebar and Westport, Co Mayo.

Guest rating 9.7

Killaloe Station House Waterfront B&B

, Ballina
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A luxury B&B right on the edge of the river where Lough Derg meets the River Shannon.

Guest rating 9.9

Maranatha Country House

, Blarney
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An exuberantly decorated Victorian country house B&B set in mature lawned and wooded gardens.

Guest rating 9.7

Barrow House

, Tralee
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A country B&B right on the water's edge of a sheltered bay.

Guest rating 9.8

Ferndale Bed and Breakfast

, Achill Island
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Exotically themed rooms in a luxury boutique B&B on the very edge of Europe.

Guest rating 9.7

Carrig Country House

, Killorglin
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A lakeside country house hotel with sumptuous interiors and glorious gardens.

Guest rating 9.4

The Castle

, Castletownshend
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A historic waterfront hotel on Castletownshend harbour.

Guest rating 9.6

Burren Glamping

, Kilfenora
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Glamorous camping in a cleverly converted horsebox makes a unique farm holiday on the Burren.

Guest rating 9.6

Rosleague Manor Hotel

, Letterfrack
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A country house hotel in a sheltered parkland and woodland setting, close to the Atlantic coast in Galway.

Guest rating 9.4

Milltown House

, Dingle
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A renowned boutique B&B right on the waterside of Dingle Harbour.

Guest rating 9.1

Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel

, Connemara
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An outstanding country house hotel on the shore of Lough Inagh.

Guest rating 9.5

Drumcreehy Country House

, Ballyvaughan
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An immaculate B&B with views in all directions, out over Galway Bay and up to the Burren.

Guest rating 9.5

Ice House Hotel

, Ballina
.

Amazing riverside views, luxury bedrooms and a top-class restaurant and spa in Co Mayo.

Guest rating 8.9
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Reasons to visit the West of Ireland

There is a raw beauty to Ireland's wild Atlantic coast as it winds it's way down from Donegal all the way to Cork. Unimaginably beautiful when the sun beams down across the blue sea, it reveals an altogether different character when the clouds come lower and the Atlantic swell roars in. You could see the same view a thousand times, and it would be different every time. This is the magic of the west coast of Ireland.

There's diving, surfing, boating and swimming to be done in the waters, and the deep bays are surprisingly sheltered. It's a coast for walking and cycling too, with spectacular views everywhere. The famous Cliffs of Moher rise vertically out of the water to over 200m. Yet they can be surpassed by the less famous Slieve League in Donegal which are more than three times as high. Further south are Dingle, the Ring of Kerry, Kenmare and Bantry Bay, all blessed with a wealth of rich history and culture.

Beyond the coast there's much more to see. The mountains of Ireland are not large by world standards, but size isn't everything. They are numerous, beautiful and rugged.  Energetic visitors might want to climb to the top of Croagh Patrick, while others might opt for a pony and trap ride up the Gap of Dunloe beneath the peaks of McGillicuddy's Reeks.

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