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  • Clifden Library
    Clifden Library
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  • Clifden in Conemara
    Clifden in Conemara
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    Clifden
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County Galway Favorites

  • City walks and Towns worth visiting

    Galway Favorites

    I recently spent a week-end in Galway with my partner. We took the train from Dublin to Galway. We stayed at Lynfield Guesthouse in College Road. It was just a two to three minute walk from the train station. The B&B was wonderful, warm and well furnished. The breakfast was top quality with a choice of full Irish of continental. There were about...

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  • Inishmore

    Inishmore Favorites

    Inis Mór is the largest of the three Aran Islands off the west coast of Galway, with a population of about 900 people. The name means 'large island'. Inishmore is a popular tourist attraction, so it can get quiet busy over there. The island is approximately 14 km long and 3 km wide. It’s mostly made up out of barren limestone rock and small fields...

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  • Music, Dancing, Ceol agus Craic

    Galway Favorites

    I walked down Shop Street which as usual was full of buskers. There was one that made me smile: He was standing on a litter box singing "My lovely horse" (Famous from the Father Ted Eurovision episode). Everybody who passed by him sang along and had a smile on their face - including me!

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  • Bikes

    Inishmore Favorites

    On our first night on Inishmore we rented bikes right after our boat had arrived and went for a short cycle. We went up the path to Dún Dubhchathair but it was a path you couldn't cycle on. Well I couldn't. Colm tried and I waited for him. It was really quiet there, at 10 in the evening on a path in the middle of nowhere. The only sound I heard was...

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  • Island hopping, Irish style

    Galway Favorites

    These three islands lie across the mouth of Galway Bay, about 30 miles out to sea. The Aran Islands consist of Inishmaan, Inisheer and the largest, Inishmore, which is about 8 miles long and 2 miles wide. These are Irish-speaking islands, and old traditions and folklore still persist here. Improved education, transport and communication have...

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  • Leisure activities

    Galway Favorites

    Plan to Picnic for one meal every day. Visit a local market or small grocery store and "take-away" sandwiches, cold meats, veggies, fruits, yoghurt, cheeses, pickles, wines, and find a spot for lunch and enjoy the scenery. Great places to stop along a stream, the River Corrib or seaside, also in any of the many local parks where you can hear live...

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  • Pubs and Inns

    Galway Favorites

    ...there are loads of them!! Galway isn't a place which is full of tourists because of sights - it's full because of the pubs and the atmosphere basically! The nicest one seems to be the Quays, very stylish interieur design! I really like the King's Head, too though.

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  • Rivers and Fishing

    Galway Favorites

    My husband is an avid flyfisherman. He was fishing from our B&B host's garden here, the Waterfall Lodge, Oughteread. The rich black peat waters of the river as it approaches Lough Corrib bring fresh water trout and salmon to spaun.

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  • Mountains, Woods and Bogs

    Galway Favorites

    TAKE A TRIP TO CONNEMARA-WEST OF GALWAY.VERY SCENIC AND VERY BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES, BEACHES AND RESTAURANTS.ALSO, DO NOT MISS A TRIP TO THE 'ARAN ISLANDS' OFF THE GALWAY COAST- A WORLD APART! I WOULD MISS MOST THE PLEASANT ATMOSPHERE AND THE GOOD FUN IN THE BARS HERE. ALSO I WOULD MISS THE SEA AND THE WAY EVERYBODY IS INTERESTED IN HOW YOUR DAY WAS.

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  • Go to the Aran Islands

    These islands have been inhabited for thousands of years and retain an ancient feel even though they are accessible both by sea and by air. There are less than 2000 people on all three islands and many of them are there for the simplicity and remoteness of the lifestyle. All over Ireland, and particularly here, you find ancient graveyards where...

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  • Kylemore Abbey - in the north of...

    Kylemore Abbey is just a few meters off the main road N59 leading from Clifden to Leenane and Westport.From Clifden you will have to drive about 1 hour to Kylemore Abbey. Kylemore Abbey looks like a medieval castle, but it was built in 1826 for Mitchell Henry, a rich merchant from Manchester. In WW I benedictinian nuns from Belgium came there and...

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  • To Connacht or to hell !!

    To Connacht or to hell....THIS used to be a sentence, when someone was found guilty of a crime in the times of Oliver Cromwell, and so the prisoner could choose between a life in a prison-cell or to be deported to "Connacht" , the area of the Connemara of today . "hell" was the expression for the prison - and it was a very strict and severe prison...

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  • My favorite place in Connemara

    This is one of my favorite places in the Connemara and I took this picture just a few meters off the main road R340 between Rossaveal and Gortmore. Along that road you may easily park your car and walk around a bit in order to take pictures of the unique landscape. Connemara is my favorite part of Ireland. There you will find great beaches, plenty...

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  • Cliffs of Moher - not far from the city...

    The Cliffs of Moher are NOT part of the County Galway, BUT I simply mention it here, because it makes a great day-excursion from the city of Galway.Drivingtime to the Cliffs is about 1 hour. The Cliffs of Moher are one of the most visited sights of Ireland, because it is on the schedule of all big bus-tour-operators. They have a big parking,...

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  • Galway Internet

    If you are having VT withdrawal whilst holidaying in Galway, help is at hand.We popped into net@ccess and spent some down time checking emails and catching up on VT gossip.Computers worked well and it wasn't too expensive.It got a little embarrasing as we were leaving though.....as seen in this photo, my mother-in-law wanted to take off with...

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  • meet the irish.

    the irish are quite differenr from the people you tend to meet in the northern part of europe.they seem to have all the time that noone has anymore.they are also very tolerant towards people who like to have a drink too many.i really liked chatting to the local drunks when i was there and i never found that other people were giving them bad looks...

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  • sheeps.

    ireland is sheep country.you see them everywhere and when you are from a country like me where they are not that common, they are quite an attraction in themselves.

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  • go hiking.

    county galway is perfect for hiking.especially the area around clifden is good.from clifden take the sky road and continue out to the atlantic ocean and you will get some great views.

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  • galway city

    Galway city is the "capital" of country galway: it's a nice enough little town, not too remarkable in its architecture - but what's makes it special is its buzzing atmosphere and nightlife. it's also a convenient base to explore the surrounding areas and villages. the rain - the endless soft rain - and many visits to several friends.One particular...

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  • connemara

    connemara is the area north of galway: it's rugged, silent, and ever changing: you can see dramatic mountains, then rolling hills, then again a dreamy coastline and beaches, and right after wide fileds with ponds and cattle. And right after that charming little colourful villages. The farther you go from Galways, the fewer crownds you bump into....

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  • the burren

    the burren is my favourite corner of ireland: it's an amazing geological area south of galway: the ground, for miles and miles, is covered by limestone flat boulders, and it really looks like one has landed on a different planet. driving along the ocean road in the burren - impressive - or else following the really narrow military road: even more...

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  • the aran islands

    the aran islands are three small and scenic islands located off the connemara coast in county galway. They are Inishmore (the largest of the group), Inishman and Inisheen. The landscape is wonderful and rugged - unfortunately in the summer months they are incredibly crowded, so a visit can turn a bit into a nightmare.Ferries (island ferries) leave...

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  • Dunguaire Castle, County Galway

    Dunguaire Castle is just beautiful. The castle was built about 500 years ago, supposedly on the former site of the King of Connaught's 6th century Royal Palace. It can be visited, and each floor tells something about the castle's different owners all the way up to the 1960's. There are medieval banquets held in the castle twice nightly that cost...

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  • Gaeltacht

    A region in west Galway is called the Gaeltacht, here you will find people who speaks Irish (Gaelic) as a first language. It is the most extraordinary experience walking into a pub and hearing people speaking Irish to each other.

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  • sabsi's General Tip

    On our first night on Inishmore we rented bikes right after our boat had arrived and went for a short cycle. We went up the path to Dún Dubhchathair but it was a path you couldn't cycle on. Well I couldn't. Colm tried and I waited for him. It was really quiet there, at 10 in the evening on a path in the middle of nowhere. The only sound I heard...

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  • sabsi's General Tip

    INISHMORE, Aran Islands:Sitting on the ferry to Inishmore, between hundreds of litres of fresh milk and the instruments of a band that was playing in the local pub for three nights.... Made me realized it's an island we're going to ;-) It also made me more tolerant when I read the menu in the restaurant ..... be prepared! This place is expensive!

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  • sabsi's General Tip

    CONNEMARA:Driving through deserted Connemara when Colm found the area where he had to learn Irish for two summers when he was a teenager. ('this looks exactly like my school looked...wait...this is my school')He showed me 'his' wonderful cove next to 'his' house!

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