COUNTY GALWAY TRAVEL GUIDE
Situated on the untamed west coast of Ireland, County Galway is a land of sublime beauty. The rugged Connemara district occupies the very edge of Europe, while the striking Aran Islands are a spectacular sight from the Wild Atlantic Way coast. From cosy country escapes to inner city apartments and hotels, there is something for everyone in this rural province.
Explore urban delights in the county capital of Galway, a sparkling city full of bustling markets, shopping streets and lively festivals. Discover fairy tale castles amid wild landscapes and laugh on legendary road trips as you travel across this green region.
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Urban Exploring in Galway City
Galway itself is renowned for its artistic creativity, fun festivals and great food. Nicknamed the 'City of Tribes', the region's capital is a picturesque medieval settlement with the added charm of a harbour location and the pretty River Corrib running right through its centre. Start your day wandering around Kirwan's Lane, a historic walking district where you'll find fresh seafood served up in abundance. Follow the path to the riverside, where you'll find the historic Spanish Arch and the old city walls.
The heart of the city can be found in the pedestrianised Latin Quarter, which features cobblestone streets full of independent pubs, theatres and historic landmarks. Make sure to take in the majesty of Galway Cathedral and join in with a sing-a-long session at one of the traditional Irish pubs before you leave.
Wild Beauty in County Galway
Situated along the western edge of the Wild Atlantic Way, County Galway's vast shoreline and countryside offer beguiling views and sweeping panoramas at every turn. A short ferry from Galway City takes you to the wave-sculpted Aran Islands, an area of desolate beauty of where the land drops away after a 300-foot cliff face and the remains of an ancient fort overlook the Atlantic Ocean.
The most dramatically beautiful region in the area belongs to Connemara, due to its wildly varied geography. With the mighty Twelve Bens mountain range giving way to thick woods and secret beaches, it's a rich and rewarding destination. If you have time, seek out the magnificent Kylemore Benedictine Abbey hidden in the midst of Connemara's mountains and lakes.
Around County Galway
Tour the numerous charming towns and villages of County Galway to experience the real Ireland. The coastal Clifden is the ideal place to base yourself to see Connemara's exhilarating natural Sky Road, while the peaceful harbour village of Kinvara offers the perfect respite for weary travellers. Movie fans will love to visit the village of Cong, which was immortalised in the classic movie The Quiet Man with John Wayne.
A few hours from Galway City, the Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic coastline are one of the most unmissable sights in the country, and take pride of place as Ireland's most visited natural attraction. In neighbouring County Clare, the unique limestone rock formations and ancient archaeological wonders of the Burren also make for ideal exciting walking trails.
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