While Dublin and Belfast are fantastic cities to visit, and the Giant’s Causeway is a spectacular sight, there is so much more to Ireland. Visit the out of the way places and enjoy a more genuine experience at cheaper prices!

Galway City

Galway CityThis bustling seaside city is a fantastic alternative to Dublin and makes for an excellent base. The air is buzzing with the sound of market vendors calling their wares and buskers playing modern and traditional tunes. Check out the weekly farmers’ market to get your hands on some fantastic local produce and crafts. The city plays hosts to a great many fantastic pubs and live music can be heard in most of them. Sumptuous seafood is on the menu, with local delicacies such as mussels and crab. Rather than Guinness to wash it down with, try a local brew: Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale is brewed here on a small scale and matches the seafood perfectly!

The Cliffs of Moher

Rather than simply viewing these majestic cliffs from on top of them, head to the small fishing village of Doolin and jump in a boat. With the sea breeze in your hair and salt water on your face, take a look up and prepare to be amazed. The views are magical, but be sure to keep your eyes open for the local wildlife! Doolin is also a thriving little village that’s worth sticking around in, if only to enjoy the cosy pubs and traditional music.

The Fairy Forest

Well off the beaten track, this mythical, moss covered grove is well worth exploring. There is a beautiful circular walk through Knockma Woods, but be sure to head to the top of the hills to take in breathtaking views. Be mindful of the moss covered stone cairns, as legend has it this is where Finnbheara the Fairy King of Connacht built his fortress many years ago!