“The beauty that surrounded me as I drove was a hazard – I found it hard to keep my eyes on the road.” So writes author Kathleen MacMahon about a road trip through Connemara in the west of Ireland.

Ireland is a country bejewelled with natural beauty – from the Ring of Kerry to the Cliffs of Moher; swathes of stunning coastline from Bundoran to Inchydoney; megaliths and castles; buzzing cities and backcountry villages; and not forgetting some of the best pubs on the planet. We’d like to hear about your favourite discoveries on the Emerald Isle. If you have a relevant photo, do send it in – but it’s your words that will be judged for the competition.

Keep your tip to about 100 words

The best tip of the week, chosen by Tom Hall of Lonely Planet, will win a £200 voucher to stay at a Sawday’s property – the company has more than 3,000 in the UK and Europe. The best tips will appear on the Guardian Travel website, and maybe in the paper, too.

We’re sorry, but for legal reasons you must be a UK resident to enter this competition.

The competition closes on 24 January at 9am

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