Perhaps as a result of its storied history, west Ireland has woven its heritage into art, music, and architecture. Many of these artifacts are nestled safely in far flung regions, guarded by mountains, cliffs, and sea. Land and culture have worked in concert to preserve the Celtic traditions of Ireland. As the country has evolved, these caches of history and culture have become the new crown jewels of Ireland.

The country’s western region is sparsely populated and home to the most iconic scenery in the country. The landscape is mountainous and barren, much of it little changed from the ancient days of Celtic clans. This formidable terrain captures the spirit of fearsome warriors, ancient mythology, haunting music, and fierce dance. This is Ireland as it once was, austere yet beautiful, imposing yet irresistible.

The Connemara peninsula, one of the most visited sites in the country, showcases the classic contrast of emerald mountains and blue waters. Your expert guide will make sure you experience the landscape in comfort, but take a moment to stand on a windswept hillside, away from modern convenience, and let history whip through your hair as you survey what Oscar Wilde called the “savage beauty” of Connemara.

Nearby County Clare is vibrant and rural, home the incredible Cliffs of Moher. An unmatched panoramic view of the Atlantic coastline is the prize for reaching O’Brien’s Tower, the highest point among the cliffs.

In addition to the beautiful natural surrounds, West Ireland is a hotbed of traditional dance and music. Festivals throughout the year in Galway, Mayo, and Clare highlight the spirit and storytelling of these art forms, but on any average night you can find folk music and spontaneous dance erupting from the pubs and music houses throughout the region. These are people who embrace life, and they invite you to do the same.