Making the Most of a 5-Day Golf Trip to the West of Ireland, On & Off the Course

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By Sinead O’Brien, Owner and CEO of

The West of Ireland is unmatched for some of the best links golf courses in the world. Combined with stunning scenery and world-class hospitality there is no better place for a “bucket list” trip. Thoughtful planning is important to make the most of a golf trip in Ireland. Many of the world’s most famous courses are along the Wild Atlantic Way. It stretches from Inishowen at the tip of Co. Donegal to Kinsale in Co. Cork.

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Ballybunion Golf Club

The Best Courses in the West of Ireland

Adare Manor, 30 minutes from Shannon Airport, is an ideal location in the southwest to locate for a golf trip. This luxurious country manor, with its year-round payable parkland course designed by Tom Fazio, will be hosting the Ryder Cup in 2027.

Courses like Ballybunion and Tralee in Kerry, and Lahinch in Co Clare, are short drives away.

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Lahinch Golf Club

More than Golf

Not only would this itinerary be any Golfers’ paradise, but visitors will also be guaranteed to see the stunning surroundings of the West of Ireland.

Golfing in Lahinch, you can squeeze in a visit to the nearby striking Cliffs of Moher, followed by a fresh seafood feast, a pint of Guinness, and live traditional Irish music in the nearby fishing village of Liscannor. The stuff of dreams!

Luxury at Adare Manor

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Dunraven Stateroom, Adare Manor

But of course, the highlights of your time in the West of Ireland should not be limited to the spectacular golf courses. Staying in Adare Manor, you can be sure that your off-course time will be filled with sumptuous meals fit for a king, delectably soft bedding in beautifully appointed rooms, stately surroundings that you can explore on foot, bike, or horse and carriage.

You can indulge your inner Downton Abbey by partaking in clay pigeon shooting, falconry, or archery on the manicured estate. If you are interested in the history of the Manor House, an expert Guided Tour can be arranged, or an audio tour can be provided at reception.

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Sitting room in the Lady Caroline Suite, Adare Manor

Of course, you will delight in the decadent spa services, and yearn for an expertly mixed cocktail in the dimly lit Tack Room after a tough day on the golf course! Indeed if you really want to set your trip off with a bang, a triumphant ‘Horse and Hound Welcome’ at the entrance of the Manor is the only way to make a splash on arrival!! Nothing is out of bounds at Adare Manor, to ensure your short trip to the Wild Atlantic Way is everything you could hope for.

The Wild Atlantic Way is such a special and soulful part of Ireland and should be experienced in all its glory. By taking time to plan your stay ahead of time, and ideally working with an Irish specialist, you will ensure that every moment of your trip will be packed with incredible experiences that will leave you feeling revived, enhanced, and vowing to come back as soon as you can for more!

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