Wild Place: County Galway, Ireland

Rugged Irish charm, backed by gin-clear waters and bleach-white sand

A rare habitat, the moody machair grasslands of western Ireland feel like a set of Game of Thrones. This raw landscape hugs the coastline, best known for Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Beach.

Just over the headland, travellers will find gin-clear waters and bleach-white sand, made of seashell fragments pummelled to powder by the mighty Atlantic Ocean.

You can explore Ireland’s western coastline for yourself when Cathay Pacific launches its Dublin route on 2 June.