Marvel at the beauty of North West Ireland
For adventurous golfers who prefer the road less travelled, the north west of Ireland is the place to go. This rugged, beautiful and remote land is a world away from the Hollywood A-list courses of the south-west, but for those who appreciate links golf in its purest form and at a fraction of the price, it’s as good as it gets.
Not that you can keep courses of this quality a secret, with the likes of Carne, Enniscrone, Ballyliffin, Rosses Point (County Sligo) and the spectacular Rosapenna all flying high in course rankings both in the UK and US. A trip to the north-west offers a slice of the real Ireland, with fantastic hospitality and a genuine sense of getting away from it all. If you want great golf but without the crowds, it’s perfect.
Why book a North West Ireland golf vacation?
- Links golf in its rawest form
- Incredible Atlantic coast scenery
- Great value and uncrowded hidden gems
- Warmest Irish welcome and hospitality
- Quaint villages and delicious cuisine
- Breathtaking beaches and bays
What makes golf in North West Ireland so special?
North West Ireland is the Emerald Isle's hidden gem when it comes to golf. Often mistakingly overlooked and overshadowed by the better known courses in the south west, the stretch of coast from Galway to Ballyliffin offers some of the most incredible links in Ireland. Carne, Enniscrone, Rosses Point (County Sligo) and Ballyliffin are every bit as good as the likes of Ballybunion, Waterville and Tralee, but they are less crowded and better value.
They call this region the 'Wild Atlantic Way' and there is good reason for that, with the spectacularly scenic Atlantic coastline providing the perfect landscape for naturally rugged links golf courses. For the adventurous golfer who likes to get off the beaten track we highly recommend a trip to the north west coast of Ireland.
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Brace yourself for the Wild Atlantic Way
Much loved for its spectacular scenery, rich history and legendary Irish hospitality, the North West of Ireland is an unmatched destination for a golf vacation. The rugged beauty of the Atlantic coast provides a fantastic setting for stunning links courses, and the seaside towns of Galway, Westport, Sligo and Donegal are the perfect stop-off points along the way.
International access is best through Shannon, which is a 1 hour drive from Galway, or you can connect into the regional airport of Knock which puts you that much further up the coast. Getting to the north west of Ireland may require a little more effort, but that's why it is less crowded, less expensive and more authentic...and definitely worth it!
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Where to stay in the beautiful North West
A golf tour to the north west of Ireland is definitely a multi-stop trip, taking in wonderful seaside towns or inland retreats along the journey. We recommend hitting the courses in clusters, with Carne, Enniscrone and Rosses Point (County Sligo) being accessible from any of Knockranny House Hotel in Wesport, the rural Mount Falcon Estate or Glasshouse Hotel in downtown Sligo.
Further north are the wonderful links at Donegal, Rosapenna and Ballyliffin which we consider to be another cluster, and are accessible from the magnificent Lough Eske Castle, Station House Hotel in Letterkenny or the Rosapenna Resort itself. In Ballyliffin, which sits on the nothernmost point of Ireland, we suggest the Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel & Spa which is 1 mile from the golf club.