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Ireland West Coast Road Trip

Take a road trip through Western Ireland to discover unchanged culture and Donegal melodies.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days
Family Friendly

Overview :  On a tour beginning in Bunbeg and ending in Lisdoonvarna, Western Ireland is replete with lively pubs, picturesque byways lined with... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Ceolaras Coleman Music Centre

A 1999 brick structure in a village of painted stone, the center has classrooms, a small shop, and a 120-seat concert hall offering performances by some of the region’s tried and true masters. More and more, the rural traditions of Ireland will be sheltered in places like this.

Address:
Gurteen
Ireland

Phone:
353-71-918-2599

2. Glasshouse Hotel

The striking property, which opened in 2007, sits gracefully alongside the River Garavogue, surrounded by 18th- and 19th-century buildings.

Address:
Swan Point
Sligo
Ireland

Phone:
353-71-919-4300

3. Matt Molloy’s

The pub is owned by the flute player of the Chieftains and famous for virtuoso trad sessions. Even without a formal performance in the capacious back room, a pianist, an accordion player, and a fiddler are set up on a stage playing ceili-style dance music for a roomful of eager listeners.

Address:
Bridge St.
Westport
Ireland

Phone:
353-98-26655

The pub is home to impromptu traditonal music sessions.

Address:
11 O’Connell St.
Sligo
Ireland

Phone:
353-71-917-1193

The young musicians are quite good, and many of the tunes are authentic County Sligo standbys, by turns hard-driving and lilting.

Address:
1 Grattan St., at Castle St.
Sligo
Ireland

6. Teach Hiudái Beag

Stop into this traditional pub always full of music; Dark-eyed Hugh Gallagher, the owner, plays fiddle at the head table, and seven or eight other players lean into the circle and ease through a succession of tunes.

Address:
Harbour Rd., Near Bunbeg Pier
Bunbeg
Ireland

Phone:
353-74-953-1016