Lonely Planet

  • An Achill beach has been named as one of the best beaches in Europe by leading travel publication Lonely Planet.

    In its latest round-up of sandy, wild and breathtaking beaches, the guide included Keem Bay in Achill at the no. 18 spot. 

    The prestigious publication has built a global following for its recommendations and insider travel tips.

    In its description of Keem beach, the editors said: "Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way  hides a crock of gold when it comes dramatic coastlines – and nowhere more so than at gloriously remote Keem Bay at the far west of Achill Island."

    The stunning Achill location is included alongside many of Europe's most breathtaking beaches.

  • Galway is the fourth best city on the planet to visit in 2020, according to Lonely Planet.

    The "brilliantly bohemian” city features as one of the Top 10 cities for travellers in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2020, an annual collection of travel destinations, trends and experiences for the year ahead.

    Galway is “arguably Ireland’s most engaging city”, the guide says - a place "brimful of imagination" where “brightly painted pubs heave with live music” and “cafés offer front row seats to watch buskers perform.”

    It singles out experiences like live trad music at Tig Cóilí, or Tigh Neachtain's pub, "where timber walls frame a roaring fire and locals crack gentle jokes".

  • Dog's Bay in Connemara has been named the most beautiful beach in the country.

    The Lonely Planet's newest listing ranked Trá Mór in Dunfanaghy in County Donegal as the runner up while Keem Bay on Achill Island came third.

    Trá Mór in Achill and Streedagh Strand in Sligo are also included in the top ten beaches in Ireland.


  • Eight Irish tourist destinations have been named on a list of the best places to visit in the world.

    The Wild Atlantic Way is the highest new entry in Lonely Planet's Top 500.

    The Wild Atlantic Way stretches all along the west coast, from Donegal down to Cork and is always a popular tourist destination.

    So much so that the Wild Atlantic Way comes in at No.21 on Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travel List.

    Tom Hall, a writer for the publication, says it's like the ultimate road trip.

    There are 6 destinations in the Republic and 2 in the North that also make the cut - the Giant's Causeway, the Ring of Kerry, Connemara Peninsula, Sliabh Liag, Titanic Belfast and Trinity College. Brú na Boinne, home to Newgrange, is at No.265.

    The Lonely Planet list puts Petra in Jordan and the Galapagos Islands as the top two destinations.

    It says the places included can be added to our bucket lists for when international travel resumes.