Western Ireland offers splendid scenery and plenty of history to explore for dedicated naturalists and hikers. Bed and breakfast accommodations in this region welcome amblers of all ilk specializing in comfortable beds for tired bones and hearty breakfasts to start the next day's adventures. Accommodation websites are set up to search by county; in the west, the counties are: Clare, Galway, Mayo, Leitrim, Roscommon, and Sligo.
Just a five-minute walk from Boyle town center, Abbey House is conveniently located for easy access to lakes and rivers, forested parks, woodlands, historic ruins, and mountains for walking, hiking and climbing. There are five en-suite rooms, but also self-catering apartments for longer stays.
County Roscommon, Ireland
From the USA: +353-71-966-2385
Dubhlinn House is in the village of Doolin and overlooks the Irish coast, which is a paradise for geologists, botanists, ornithologists, speleologists (cavers), and walkers. Vegetarian options are offered on the breakfast menu and wireless Internet access is available.
County Clare, Ireland
From USA: +353-65-707-4770
The Béal an tSáile B&B
Many local hiking and cycling opportunities are within a mile of the Béal an tSáile, including beautiful beaches and Croagh Patrick, known as 'Ireland's Holy Mountain,' of which the ascent can be quite demanding in some spots. Clew Bay, where the Béal an tSáile is located, is known for its splendid scenery for hill and country walking, and for its peace and tranquility.
The Béal an tSáile
County Mayo, Ireland
From USA: +353-98-64012
Article Written By Kasey Hargan
Kasey Hargan branched out from careers in broadcasting and consulting to become a full-time freelance writer/editor in 1995. Her first novel was published in 2004; she's currently working on her second. Hargan has worked as a magazine editor, Web writer/reviewer, movie critic, copy editor, PR director, dog trainer and gourmet cook. Hargan is a trained paralegal and attended college in her hometown of Tampa, Fla.