Fun if by land, joy if by sea
Surrounded on three sides by water and with a profile that looks like an ink spot, County Galway's Connemara Peninsula is small (you can drive around it in under a day), but offers every sort of outdoor adventure. Near the main town of Clifden (one of Ireland
's most atmospheric villages), the fabled Sky Road offers walkers great views, or you can let a horse carry you across the shimmering beaches. At tiny Rosroe Quay, you can don scuba gear to see the rich life in the Atlantic. There're more walks in the legendary (and possibly haunted) peat bogs inland of Roundstone, though you may want to fantasize you're lost and can't be found when walking amidst the crystal-clear streams, little lakes and hilltop views of Connemara National Forest.