Galway is one of the most popular counties in Ireland and is well known for it’s natural beauty. Make sure to visit County Galway soon – we’ve picked out our favourite 10 Things to do here.
10. Sky Road, Clifden
Sky Road, Clifden, Connemara. The Sky Road drive in Clifden is a popular route in the Connemara region and has been described as being the most impressive coastal drive in the country. The steep ascent along the coastal edge provides a wonderful vantage point with panoramic views of Clifden bay and its many islands.
9. Dunguaire Castle
Dunguaire Castle is a 16th-century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay in County Galway, Ireland, near Kinvarra (also spelled Kinvara). The name derives from the Dun of King Guaire, the legendary king of Connacht. The castle’s 75-foot tower and its defensive wall have been restored, and the grounds are open to tourists during the summer.
Claddagh is an area close to the centre of Galway city, where the Corrib River meets Galway Bay. It was formerly a fishing village, just outside the old city walls. It is just across the river from the Spanish Arch, which was the location of regular fish markets where the locals supplied the city with seafood as recently as the end of the 19th century.
Nowadays the Claddagh is popular with tourists from around the world who come to see the bay and the lovely view which surrounds the Claddagh. There are still many fishermen living in the area keeping the old traditions alive today. Claddagh is also famous worldwide for the Claddagh Ring which is designed here and is worn by people all over the world.
7. Corrib Princess
The Corrib Princess is a boat which offers cruises along the majestic River Corrib and onto the lake, providing visitors with unsurpassed views of the historic monuments and natural amenities that make this the most spectacular waterway in Ireland.
The Corrib Princess takes you past castles and various sites of both historical interest and natural beauty. There is an abundance of wildlife and the Corrib has a peace and tranquillity all of its own. Cruises start from Woodquay in the heart of Galway city, along the famous Steamers Line, which is the lakes traditional trade route.
6. Connemara National Park
Connemara National Park is situated in the west of Ireland in County Galway and covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. There are 3 main walking routes throughout the park each one offering spectacular scenery and wildlife with every step.
During the summer months, the visitor centre offers an audio-visual exhibition on the Connemara Landscape and with some lovely picnic areas, nature trails, children’s playground and tearooms, Connemara National Park is a must-see for its nature and beauty.
5. Galway City Nightlife
The Nightlife in Galway City is one of the City’s greatest attractions. There is somewhere to cater for everyone. Galway is a 7 night a week City, famous for its live music scene and relaxed atmosphere. The combination of a vibrant student population,great festivals and lots of visitors combine to give Galway one of the most lively entertainment scenes in the world. However the pubs, clubs and lounges are not only about the nightlife as some of them serve terrific food and are warm friendly places to grab a coffee as you wander the historic streets of Galway.
4. Aran Islands
The three Aran Islands, Inis Mór Island (Big Island), Inis Meáin Island (Middle island) and Inis Oírr Island (East island) are situated in a northwesterly, southeasterly direction at the mouth of Galway Bay, Ireland. They are famous for their geological formation, historical monuments and their linguistic and cultural heritage. The Irish(Gaelic) language is still spoken here and in the twenty-first century, all native-born islanders are bilingual in both Irish and English. You can get to the Aran Islands by ferry from Galway and Clare.
3. Inis Oírr
Have you ever wanted to know where the opening scene to Father Ted was filmed? Or have you ever wanted to go there? Well that place is called Inis Oírr. The island’s official name, Inis Oirthir, meaning “east island”, and traditionally Inis Thiar, meaning “rear island”) is the smallest and most eastern of the three Aran Islands in Galway Bay, Ireland. Inisheer has a population of about 297, making it the second smallest of the Aran Islands in terms of population. Caomhán of Inisheer is the island’s patron saint.
2. Kylemore Abbey
Known as Ireland’s most romantic Castle, Kylemore Abbey, located in Connemara, Co. Galway is the No.1 tourist attraction in the West of Ireland. Perfect for a family day out and easily accessible from Galway or Mayo, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden offers visitors scenic photographic opportunities as well as woodland walks, garden tours, fascinating history, beautiful architecture, ample shopping in the craft shop and tempting homemade delights in the restaurant and tea rooms.
This largely unknown route is full of beauty the whole way to Co. Clare. The best time to see this is on a sunny day in the summer months.