County Galway is located on the west side of Ireland facing the North Atlantic Ocean. Galway has beautiful scenery which includes numerous mountain ranges, a rugged coastline and several islands dotting the Atlantic Ocean. The coastal area is part of the "Wild Atlantic Way" where the land meets the sea and where the storms and winds seem untamed. The western region of Galway is an area known as Connemara; an area of unusual beauty and amazing beaches. The most well known of the mountains are the Twelve Bens which dominate the Connemara skyline. Other mountain ranges found in Connemara are Maum Turks, Mount Gable and Slieve Aughty Mountains. And hiking through the area provides dramatic vistas of the ocean, remote islands and beautiful mountain views. Stretching between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask is Mount Gable which provides a great place for scenic walks. There are many islands off the coast with the Aran Islands being the main attraction. Galway has lots of freshwater scenic lakes or loughs as they are called locally. The ones that are considered the most scenic are Lough NaFooey, Kylemore lough, Lough Corrib, Lough Aughawoolia and Inagh lough. Galway is also home to numerous castles; some in ruin, but some magnificently restored.
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