Clew Bay, Ireland
Hundreds of islands in Clew Bay, Co MayoCounty Galways's Aran Islands are well known but Clew Bay a little further north in County Mayo has more than 100 islands. On one side of the bay, you can climb Ireland's holiest mountain Croagh Patrick, for bird's eye views of the bay from the 2,507ft summit. On the other side of the bay is the Great Western Greenway, a 42km off-road cycle trail from the town of Westport and its lively pubs, to Achill Island, where you can explore a deserted village.
Stay in a lighthouse on Clare Island in the centre of Clew Bay, discover the stately home Westport House, go fishing, hear stories of a pirate queen, go horseback riding or walking on the beach, take a surfing or kite-surfing lesson or play a round of golf. Or just relax over a Guinness and some seafood, and drop in to a traditional music session in one of Westport's lively pubs. See you in Clew Bay!