Galway is a perfect base to explore a multitude of different attractions. Recently named in National Geographics “Where to Travel in 2019” article Galway is continuing to grow and welcome more and more visitors each year. We decided to put together a list of our top 5 favourite and most popular things to do when n Galway.
Explore the Streets of Galway City
Whether on a day trip to galway or staying a few days, exploring the city centre is a great way to spend a few hours. From the famous 18th century Eyre square to the winding paths of the Latin Quater Galway city is has the perfect mix of old meets new. You can relax between shops sipping coffee on shop street or take part in one of the many walking tours offered around the city. The atmosphere on the streets of Galway is like no other city. Make sure you check out any festivals the city has happening, with lots of free events happening throughout the year you are sure to find something for you.
2. Take Tour of Connemara
Connemara, a place of contrasts, colours, wilderness, and warm welcomes on the west coast of Ireland. From the bogs and lakes of the Gaelic speaking South Connemara, to the mountain vistas of North and West Connemara, the diversity of the landscape and the people who populate it offers much to the visitor. Stop and visit the beutiful Kylemore abbey or visit connemara national park for an exhilarating hike.
3. Step Back in Time and Visit The Aran Islands
Inismór, the largest of the Aran Islands is home to the 300ft cliff side Dún Aonghasa, it is a semicircular stone fort overlooking the Atlantic with daunting and dramatic views that stretch the length of the Island. While on the island you can visit many historical site including the ruins of the ‘Seven Churches’ which was one of the most important pilgrimage sites on the island in former times and Tobar an Cheathrair Álainn (the well of the saints) which is an important place of ritual and prayer among the island community.
4. Stroll through Coole Park
Coole Park is one of Ireland’s most spectacular nature reserves, covering approximately 400 hectares of wetland and woodland. Visitors get to experience a magical journey to discover the Autograph Tree, an old copper beech still standing in the walled garden. Many famous Irish literature legends including W.B Yeats carved their name initials on this tree in Coole Park.
5. Take a Beach day in Salthill
This traditional holiday spot overlooking Galway Bay is only 3km west of Galway city so you’ll not be far from the shops, pubs and clubs. If you want easy access to beaches and savour the vibrant and energetic atmosphere of the “City of the Tribes” this is the place to stay.
This well established holiday destination offers the best of both worlds and is probably best known for its 2 mile long promenade overlooking Galway Bay. A must do is visit Blackrock diving board and take the plunge into Galway Bay.