Sligo, Monaghan, and Donegal are all part of the North West of Ireland - a rugged landscape packed with ways you can send your adrenaline levels rocketing sky-high, as well as places you can allow your pulse to slow right down. Holidays are a time for trying something new, so wriggle into a wetsuit and go bog snorkelling, or clamber on horseback and gallop across a pristine Atlantic Ocean beach. Other parts of the North West worth exploring include Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim, and Cavan. If you're into a sport, chances are you'll be able to do it here!
It isn't all about being active. Sligo is one of the region's main cities. As well as shops and bars, it has a number of theatres and a booming arts scene. Mayo's largest towns are Castlebar and Ballina. They make a convenient base for a self-catering holiday in Ireland, as does Roscommon, with its location in the geographic middle of the country.
Ireland's west coast faces the Atlantic Ocean. It's marked by the Wild Atlantic Way - a touring route which runs from Donegal in the north, past Galway and Clare, and down to Kerry and Cork in the south. Whether the day is sunny and calm or stormy and dramatic, it's always incredibly beautiful.
Many visitors come to Ireland not only for a taste of the craic, but to research their family background. There are several excellent resources to help do this, including the South Mayo Family Research Centre in Ballinrobe. There is always something going on in Ireland, whether it's horse racing or a music festival.