Top 10 Things to do in Western Ireland, Ireland

August 9, 2017 Rebbecca Marino

Discover the best top things to do in Western Ireland, Ireland including Eagles Flying, Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, Joyce Country Sheepdogs, Wild Atlantic Way, The Lost Valley, Michael Davitt Museum, Arigna Mining Experience, The Irish Workhouse Centre, Dun Duchathair, Atlantic Drive on Achill Island.

1. Eagles Flying

Ballymote, Ireland +353 71 918 9310
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5 based on 391 reviews

Eagles Flying

Eagles Flying is a scientifically run Wildlife Sanctuary specializing on Birds of Prey and Owls. We focus on "hands on" interaction between our well trained animals and our visitors. During our educational flying demonstrations members of the audience can have a bird of prey land on their hand or have Eagles, Falcons, Hawks or Vultures stoop inches over their heads while Scientists inform in a friendly and fun way. Our visitors can also visit our unique "Touch-Zoo" where they can play and pet "Tui & Alan" our Foxes, get pick pocketed by "Grizzly" our tame Raccoon, have "Monty" our 4 meter Python around their shoulders or get up close and personal with any of the other unusual animals. Get closer than you have ever been to the masters of the sky. Eagles Flying really is an unforgettable experience and a must see for people of all ages and interests.

Reviewed By Alan N

What a great place - staff were friendly, entertaining and so welcoming, they had so much knowledge about all of the birds and were informative but kept it light hearted and entertaining. They are all very passionate and care about the birds and it’s clear that they are well looked after. Excellent day out 10/10

2. Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre

Carrowholly, Westport, Ireland +353 87 636 6278
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Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre

Carrowholly Stables is situated 3 miles from Westport town in the beautiful west coast of Ireland and is the perfect choice for all your horse riding. We offer pony camps, group parties, beach and trail rides suitable for all levels of riders from the beginner to the more accomplished enthusiast. We have a wide range of horses and ponies from 11hh- 17hh to suit all abilities (We have ponies ranging in height from 107-148 cm and our horses range in height from 149-165 cm). Packages can be tailor made to suit your requirements. Discounts are available for groups and regular bookings. A.I.R.E. and Failte Ireland Approved.

Reviewed By Niamh H - Westport, Ireland

My first time trekking at this stables left a memorable impression. From the moment of arrival you are thoroughly looked after by Kitty and her amazing team. As an experienced rider, I was more than impressed with how this trek was organised. The horses were well suited to all rider levels. Clear, concise instructions given by the lovely Helena and Laoise. There was 4 employees on the trek with us; this ensured each customer was well looked after and taken care of. As there was enough staff to mind the trek, Helena was able to take some riders for some spectacular gallops through the sea and fields. The trek took place around clew bay, and as a local, I was well impressed with helena and Laoise's knowledge of the local area. All round great experience, and am eager to get back for more.

3. Joyce Country Sheepdogs

Shanafaraghaun, Ireland +353 94 954 8853
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5 based on 229 reviews

Joyce Country Sheepdogs

An authentic insight into hill sheep farming and rural Irsh life with working sheepdog demonstrations. Interaction with puppies and sheep shearing demonstration during high season. This is set against some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland. Rest room facilities available along with picnic tables for guest use. Scheduled demonstration times are 11am, 1pm and 3.30 pm Monday -Saturday, however alternative times are available by prior arrangement.

Reviewed By mc03 - Danville, Pennsylvania

Our family of four had a great visit here with Joe. There were two adorable puppies running about playing with our sons, and the herding demonstration was so impressive. We met Roy, and got to hold a sheep--my husband even got to hold a sheep and a puppy at the same time! A definite highlight of our vacation.

4. Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic Way, Galway, Ireland +353 91 778 778
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Wild Atlantic Way

Reviewed By grommit35 - Oxfordshire

Appropriately named , the west coast is spectacular, so much scenery and feels very remote in places. Roads are very well signposted and easy to follow. The roads are also very twisty, single track in places. If you suffer from motion sickness maybe the whole route would be too much. Take time to look at the various harbours as you go along.

5. The Lost Valley

Silver Strand, Ireland +353 85 113 9977
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The Lost Valley

The Lost Valley offers a unique window into the cultural heritage of the west of Ireland. Indeed it is itself arguably the finest memorial of the Great Irish Famine that remains today. As The Lost Valley is an active working farm, visitors can experience life on the farm with pet lamb feeding for younger adventurers, a working sheep dog demonstration and a sheep shearing demonstration in season on request. Meeting point/Reception is located at the lost valley - Silver Strand, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

Reviewed By Justin P - Dublin, Ireland

This is a brilliant 3 hour walk through arguably one of the most unique pieces of historic landscape, certainly on this island, arguably, anywhere!
Ger, the guide, host, owner, farmer, shepherd, raconteur was in his element-a big group, good(ish) weather, and cooperative dogs and sheep.
We've been on a dozen or more visits/tours/trips over the last 5 years in this area, and this certainly ranked among the most memorable.
If you are within 50 miles of Louisburg, then DONT MISS IT,!,, it's unforgettable

6. Michael Davitt Museum

Straide, Foxford 00000, Ireland +353 94 903 1942
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5 based on 212 reviews

Michael Davitt Museum

The Michael Davitt Museum is dedicated to the life and achievements of Michael Davitt - father of the Land League, International Humanitarian, Author and Parliamentarian. The Museum is housed in a Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland award winning restored church in which Michael Davitt was baptised. The museum is adjacent to the 13th Century Straide Abbey which contains some of the finest medieval carvings in Ireland. The site also features an historic graveyard in which Davitt, and other notable figures are buried, and extensive landscaped grounds, in which to walk or picnic. Food & refreshments available nearby.

Reviewed By quiggers - quiggers

The story of Michael Davitt is the story of Irelands history from the 1840's famine through armed and eventually civil resistance centred on a man who from humble Mayo roots became a British MP and human rights activist. An extraordinary story told by guides who care passionately for this period of history.
Superb museum and they even treated us to tea and coffee.
It's a free entry museum but please make a donation.

7. Arigna Mining Experience

Arigna | Arigna, Roscommon, Ireland +353 71 964 6466
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Arigna Mining Experience

Reviewed By irishview2016 - Galway, Ireland

Visited here on a quick tour with my 15 year old son - very impressed - well worth the time - extraordinary story. Thought I would go to TripAdvisor and encourage others to go along - but I see nearly everyone has given a 5...MoreHi there, Thank you so much for taking your time to leave us your kind thoughts. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time here at Arigna Mining Experience ☺️

8. The Irish Workhouse Centre

St Brigid's Road, Portumna, Ireland +353 90 975 9200
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5 based on 262 reviews

The Irish Workhouse Centre

Reviewed By Rita R

The Workhouse Tourism Centre is sooo worth visiting. The place was eerily quiet when we visited, as it was off-season, but the welcome we got was the warmest in all our trip. The guide Clare was lovely and told the history of the centre so well. The manager, Steven?, insisted we came in for tea afterwards and spent an hour explaining the history of the region and telling us the best places to go around the place. There's a lot that needs to be done in the complex but they're working on a little museum at the moment so I'll be back! :-)

9. Dun Duchathair

Inis Mor, County Galway, Province of Connacht, Ireland
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Dun Duchathair

Reviewed By nutsgoalie - Norwich, Connecticut

This was our favorite place to visit while we were on the island. It is much more peaceful and less crowded than the other fort on the island. We only saw a couple people leaving, but explored for over an hour, without seeing anyone. The fort part itself is not as built up, but still neat to explore and all around the area are loads of rocks to walk around. You can just wander around and make your own way, all with beautiful views of the water. Very peaceful to just sit and relax. Highly recommend this to anyone looking to get a bit more off the beaten path and away from the crowds.

10. Atlantic Drive on Achill Island

Westport, Ireland
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Atlantic Drive on Achill Island

Reviewed By shetwood4911

Was here recently on a post Christmas break and was told to take the coast road after Mulranny and it is a drive not to be missed,fabulous scenery and well worth the drive,not to be missed

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