Galway- West coast
Galway is a thriving, bohemian city packed full of culture and buzzing cosmopolitan charm on the west coast of Ireland. It is a popular seaside destination as it has some stunning beaches and also a wonderful promenade. Cobbled streets, colourful shops and delightful cafes and bars complete this fantastic luxury self-catering country house paradise. Throughout the year you can experience multiple events such as the Galway Arts festival, the races and much more. You can be sure to pick up some Irish culture with many pubs housing traditional Irish music for you to enjoy while you take in the atmosphere and your cool pint of Guiness.
As well as the general excitement of the city and surrounding areas you can also enjoy some great sight-seeing including the city museum, the National Aquarium and Kylemore Abbey. There is also the Connemara National park for you to take a stroll around and Ashford Castle. On a sunny day you should head straight to the beautiful beaches such as the ones in Salthill which are very popular for swimmers with the bustling atmosphere complimented by street performers and buskers.
For people looking to explore the area and take in some of Ireland's amazing countryside the Cliffs of Moher which are a popular tourist destination, the Aran Islands and Burren are great examples of Ireland's wonders. You can also find Rinville Forest Park and Coole Park to see some fascinating fauna and beautiful views of Galway bay.
An interesting evening out in Galway is not a problem with so many wonderful restaurants, bars, pubs, night clubs and also the theatre for you to enjoy. Whether your looking for a late night club or an old world bar where you can enjoy some Irish atmosphere around a turf fire where you can join in the craic.
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Cork- South coast
Cork is a wonderful city full of beautiful features and stunning scenery. Beginning on an island in a swampy estuary and gradually growing up the banks on either side, Cork has definitely developed greatly. The River Lee can therefore be found flowing through the centre of Cork in two main channels, giving the city a waterways charm with the need to keep crossing bridges. The city is full of exciting Irish charm, especially as Corkonians are considered to be the most talkative of all the Irish. It is recommended that the best way to truly appreciate the city of Cork is on foot, there is a fantastic walking tour of the city for you to enjoy and make the most of this wonderful place.
When it comes to places of interest to visit you are spoilt for choice from St. Finn Barre's Cathedral to the Cork vision centre. Other places you may enjoy include Shandon Church, the tower of which dominates the northern view of the city, the Crawford Gallery, Grand parade with the National Monument and the Beamish and Crawford Brewery. You can also enjoy some great activities in the area such as fishing, water sports, golf, sailing, off-roading and kayaking.
There are plenty of delicious restaurants for you to enjoy an evening out if you don't fancy cooking and of course some fantastic atmospheric Irish pubs and bars for a drink afterwards.
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