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Top 10 attractions in West of Ireland – infographic

I received this interesting infographic in the mail today from the folks at irishcarrentals.com. It gives a break down of the top 10 attractions in West of Ireland by visitor number, and includes some other interesting pieces of tourism info too. I think if you take a few minutes to analyze it, you might get some travel planning ideas from it. For example, you can see which airports are least busy, and which airlines are most popular (maybe meaning less expensive?). You can also get an idea of where visitors to Ireland are coming from.

Top attractions in the west of Ireland

I won’t go into all of them in detail, but many of my own favorites are on the list of most popular sites. The Cliffs of Moher stands out at the top of the list with a whopping 721 thousand visitors! If County Clare is on your travel plans, make sure you drop by the cliffs for a couple of hours!

I’m glad to see Fota Wildlife Park in Cork on the list too. I’m a regular visitor here on my trips home. It’s a great place for a family day out. Young kids love it, especially when they can get up so close to so many animals.

Kangaroo at Fota Wildlife Park

Kangaroo at Fota Wildlife Park

Two of Ireland’s best loved castles also made the top ten – Blarney Castle in Cork, and Bunratty Castle in Clare, both great places to visit.

One of Ireland’s oldest caves, Aillwee Cave in Clare’s Burren region, deservedly made the list too. There’s so much to do in this part of the country. Some amazing scenery, and beautiful countryside to enjoy.

I’m a little sad to see that Galway isn’t too well represented, but I guess that’s just the way the numbers went. And don’t be fooled by the absence of attractions further to the north. Counties Mayo, Sligo, and Donegal, are all beautiful places to visit, and well worth exploring.

Ignoring visitor numbers, what are your own favorite West of Ireland destinations? Let us know in the comments below.

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Top 10 attractions in West of Ireland

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  1. If you are talking about the west of Ireland, we really enjoyed our drive through Connemara and the Big Ben’s to get to Kylemore Abbey and onward to Clifton and circling down to Roundstone.

    Ashford Castle was delightful, the Cliffs were stunning, Oughterard was memorable, and the time we spent in Galway was remarkable.

    Kells, Waterford Crystal Factory, Blarney Castle, The Rock of Cashel, The Cliffs of Moher . . . it would be difficult to pick a favorite so let’s just say our favorite destination was Ireland itself!

    • Hi Chuck

      Thanks for your list of stand out places in Ireland. You could spend weeks exploring the west of Ireland, and still never see it all. I like your choice of favorite destination of all – IRELAND! 🙂