County Galway Off The Beaten Path

  • Cliffs of Moher
    Cliffs of Moher
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  • The coach at Ballyreen
    The coach at Ballyreen
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  • Poulnabrone Dolmen
    Poulnabrone Dolmen
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County Galway Off The Beaten Path

  • In the City

    Galway Off The Beaten Path

    A rather strange thing has happened near the Spanish arch in Galway. A very smart and well made plaque has appeared on a wall proclaiming the founding of the GDR - the Galway Democratic Republic. I strongly suspect that it is an art school stunt of some kind. The GDR seems to be absent from the internet or anywhere else. The 'prank' status is...

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  • Inland

    Galway Off The Beaten Path

    The beautiful village of Leenane, snugly situated at the head of Killary Harbour, is often aptly described as the 'Gateway to Connemara'. The roads from Maam, Clifden, and Westport meet at this point. Killary Harbour extends ten miles inland and with the mountains rising steeply on either side provides what is probably the best scenery in Ireland....

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  • On the Coast

    Galway Off The Beaten Path

    Cleggan is a small fishing village nestling at the head of Cleggan Bay, on Connemara's Atlantic Coast. This village is the departure point for ferry services to the islands of Inishbofin and Inishturk.

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  • Cliffs of Moher and Burren Tour, from...

    Cliffs of Moher is not off the beaten path, but it is not in County Galway, but in the neighbouring County Clare.My intention had been to visit Cliffs of Moher independently on a day trip from Galway and to do some hiking there. But to my disappointment there were very few buses on a Monday in the end of February, only two arriving before the last...

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  • ARAN ISLANDS.....

    These Island are situated some 45 km. from the shore of Co. Galway and form part of the same limestone formations as the BURREN in Co. Clare (see my THE BURREN PAGE!!)The islands are quite flat although the shores have high cliffs.You won't find there many trees, bushes, plants or grass: it is indeed very poorly and the few people who live there...

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  • Dunsandle station

    You won't find Dunsandle station on any rail map of Ireland as it shut years ago when the system was rationalised. The old Loughrea to Attymon branchline must have been a marginal concern at the best of times. Somewhat ironically millions is now being spent on a motorway 'branch' that will do the same job. The new motorway passes within a whisker...

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  • A great driving road

    I want this tip to remain off the beaten path - so I can enjoy it when I want to. And when I finally get my old sports car fixed I can enjoy it all the more.A road exists in Connemara that has everything - fantastic views, mountains, forests - the lot. It has virtually no traffic, and only a few suicical sheep on the lose.My advice is take the...

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  • White Sand Beach!

    It's beautiful esspecially during the tide...How to get there?It is in a small village Ballyconneely. If you are arriving from Clifden, in the centre (after some pub), you will see on your right hand side a road and a sign "Angling beach".Take that road. Drive (a mile I would say). Just keep driving. You will pass a castle on your left hand side...

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  • "The Quiet Man-bridge" - north of Galway

    "The Quiet Man-bridge" is another sight for all fans of that old movie and you may find it north of the city of Galway.Normally all of these sights , where the movie was made, have brown signposts at all the major roads and there is even a map that shows all of these places around Galway - you may get this map in Cong !My mother is a fan of that...

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  • Cong Abbey

    Cong Abbey was also used for the movie "The quiet man" .Already at the 6th century there was a monastery in Cong, but it had been destroyed and the Cong Abbey you may see today dates back to the 12th century, founded by Turlough O'Connor, King of Connaught and High King of Ireland.You may enter Cong Abbey freely and without restrictions during the...

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  • Take each road across Connemara

    Have a look on your map and you will see that there are only a very few streets going through CONNEMARA - take all of them, and you will see great landscapes from different angels everywhere.This place, shown on my picture is next to Maam Cross and the "Quiet Man" - cottage and it is one of these places, that is shown at almost each guidebook about...

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  • The " Quiet Man Cottage " near Maam...

    In the late 1950s the famous movie "The Quiet man" (in german it was called "Der Sieger") was filmed at various places all over county Galway.This is the tiny hut, where John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara had their cottage in the film. It is one of the attractions at a petrol-station maybe 2 km west of Maam Cross, on your way to Clifden.You may not...

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  • Delphy Valley - close to Lough Doo

    Delphy Valley is the name of a side-valley , when you drive from Leenane to Westport and leave the main road N59 already a few km north of Leenane at a small village called Aasleagh. The road will take you first to Delphy valley, then to Lough Doo, Louisburgh and finally to Croagh Patrick and Westport. This side-road is another highlight in County...

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  • Visit the local cemetaries

    I know it sounds ghoulish but I stopped at a few cemetaries and it was interesting reading the inscriptions and relizing how much history was all around me. I shouldn't have to say but when visiting please respect the rules at all times and don't walk on the graves.

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  • Step back in time

    I sometimes question the wisdom of telling people about our favorite place in Ireland. After all, if too many people discover our secret gem, will it change? Still, no one should miss the wonders of the Aran Islands (off the coast of Galway). There are 3 islands: Inis Mor, Inis Meain and Inis Oirr. Of these, our favorite is Inis Meain. It is the...

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  • keep walking.

    just keep walking and you will come across lot's of history you weren't even awae of.old buildings are all over the irish countryside.

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  • Padraig Pearse's Cottage

    This is the cottage where Padraig Pearse, the poet and rebel, spent his summers in Connemara. There is nothing left of the original furniture, as everything was destroyed in a fire, but the local community has re-furnished it, and you can see some photos and other memorabilia from Padraig Pearse. Staff from the Heritage Service is on hand to talk...

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  • The place where nothing happened

    Well, it's not really off the beaten path, but on the contrary along the main road between Clifden and Oughterard. It is still easy to miss if you don't know that it's there. There is a big tourist shop in Recess with a huge car park, and while I always gave the shop a wide berth, you might stop at the car park for a few minutes and have a look at...

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  • Athenry

    I love the song "The Fields of Athenry" and love the little village as much. Located just east of Galway City, it is a much different place. It is home to Athenry Castle built around 1235. This is one of the best preserved castles in all of Ireland.

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