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Where to Stay, Eat, and Play in West Ireland

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Local pride runs deep in the region William Butler Yeats dubbed “The Land of Heart’s Desire.” Historic houses trace their lineage back generations, restaurant owners greet their suppliers by name, and the countryside begs to be explored along well-worn trails. By Maggie Fuller
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Ashford Castle Estate, Leaf Island, Cong, Co. Mayo, F31 CA48, Ireland
What trip to Ireland is complete without a stay in a castle hotel? Ashford fulfills even the wildest castle fantasies with its crenellated towers, medieval-looking canopy beds, and esteemed falconry program that lets guests explore its 350...
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Riverstown, Co. Sligo, F52 EC52, Ireland
The stately country house at Coopershill is straight out of a Georgian-era novel. Dainty-legged mahogany antiques and plush sofas furnish the eight bedrooms, and the 500-acre estate provides seasonal game and vegetables for dinner.
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Knockalegan, Crossmolina, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Twelve generations of the same family have occupied the six-bedroom Enniscoe House, where paintings by Patita Nicholson, the mother of the current owner, hang on the walls. A Victorian garden extends to the shores of Lough Conn, and outlying...
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Mallaranny, Co. Mayo, Ireland
The historic Mulranny Park Hotel is perched between the Wild Atlantic Way’s coastal vistas and the hiking and biking trails of the Great Western Greenway. Most of the 41 contemporary rooms and 19 apartment suites offer a view of the sea or...
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Sligo, Co. Sligo, Ireland
A maze of walled snugs, alcoves, and worn bar tops, the Hargadon Bros. pub prides itself on honest, high-quality fare. Try the local Coopershill estate venison in beetroot jus, or settle in with a perfectly poured pint of Guinness and catch some...
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Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Housed in an idyllic harborside cottage, the Idle Wall is named for a nearby landmark where dockworkers would sit while waiting for work. The menu features fresh-from-the-sea Irish comfort food, relying on seasonal and foraged ingredients to...
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Sligo, Ireland
Damien Brennan talks Yeats and local heritage to private groups of up to 50 people over a six-course, locally sourced dinner cooked by his wife, Paula Gilvarry, a celebrated local chef. The night ends with coffee, and guests are encouraged to...
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Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, Ireland
According to local lore, the therapeutic powers of a hot bath filled with fresh, hand-harvested seaweed will cure what ails you—especially if what ails you is a good old-fashioned hangover. Kilcullen’s bathhouse was built in 1912, and...