County Galway Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by pure1942
  • Things to Do
    by pure1942
  • Things to Do
    by pure1942

County Galway Things to Do

  • Archaeology, castles and ruins

    Galway Things to Do

    This arch is one of the oldest buildings in Galway, dating back to 1584. Although the name suggests a connection to Spain, no real link has been ascertained. It was originally known as the 'head of the wall' or 'ceann an bhalla' in Gaelic so I can understand why the name 'Spanish Arch' became more popular.

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  • Dun Aengus

    Inishmore Things to Do

    You will have to go to the visitor centre and pay your admission ticket (2 euro) before you can enter the fort. From here you have to go by foot towards the fortress Dun Aonghasa (Dun Aengus). It’s about 900 metres uphill. It will take you about 20 to 30 minutes to reach the fortress. Dún Aengus - The Fort of Aonghasa - is located on the edge of...

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  • Dún Aengus

    Aran Island Things to Do

    One of the main tourist attractions on the island of Inishmore, is the vast stone fortification. Perched on the side of a steep 300 meter high cliff at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, it dates back to the `bronze age', to 1,000 BC or earlier... (a dun is a fort)

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  • Beaches and shorelines

    Galway Things to Do

    Grattan beach is a smallish horse-shoe shaped beach that is situated on the Western side of Salthill, making it almost in Galway. The beach is of couse the place to soak up those rays, strip off and chill out - this is attainable about once every nineteen years in Galway. At all other times the small park by the side of the beach provides great...

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  • Kilronan

    Inishmore Things to Do

    When the boat docks in Kilronan, wide-eyed tourists flood the streets and the bus and cart drivers know it. Ample transportation is available to any part of the island for a fee. We waited out the rush, found a quiet place to sit and eat and eventually rented the bikes that would take us from Kilronan to other parts of Inis Mor. Kilronan has a...

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  • Public Buildings and City Landmarks

    Galway Things to Do

    Still widely known as Eyre square and used on most maps (and Google) the square was re-named in 1965 in honour of the American president, assassinated in 1963 a few months after his visit to Galway in June the same year. The Saturday we were there the pubs were full, loads of Mums pushing prams, it seems that the locals enjoy the spot and use its...

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  • Seven churches

    4 out of 5 stars

    Inishmore Things to Do

    This ancient site of two churches and a graveyard (the 7 Churches name comes from other buildings on the site that most likely were homes of the monks) is fascinating. One passes through the wall and the quietness of the site takes over. The combination of new and old tombstones in the cemetary adds to the feeling as well. We biked here from...

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  • The Burren

    Galway Things to Do

    We drove from the Cliffs of Moder up to Galway and without a doubt it was the most spectacular drive I have ever made in my life. It is just GORGEOUS. And it changes every 10km from moonscape, to pastureland and many other landscapes that I can't even describe. I only wish we had a week just to explore ever nook and craney of the Burren.

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  • Dun Dúbhchathair

    5 out of 5 stars

    Inishmore Things to Do

    This fort is also located on the edge of a high cliff, it’s situated at the southern side of Inis Mór. The construcion consists of a extended part which was defended by a bended wall and a “chevaux de fries”. (These are razor sharp stones and they are standing upright. It’s almost impossible to penetrate between these stones) There are still...

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  • Religious buildings

    Galway Things to Do

    Galway Cathedral is the youngest stone cathedral in Europe. Construction of it begun in 1958 and in 1965 it was dedicated Much of the material used for the construction comes from the local area. The full name of the cathedral is Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into heaven and St Nicholas. The dome has a height of 44 metres and the green...

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  • Music, dancing and beer

    Galway Things to Do

    This pub has live music that starts around 1930 so you don't have to stay up all night. If you get there early enough, you can get a seat one table removed from the piano (across from the bar) so you will be right next to the musicians when they start playing. The pub gets its name from a type of boat once used in the area.

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  • Hills and Mountains, Islands and Rivers

    Galway Things to Do

    One of the shortest rivers in all Europe, the Corrib connects the expansive Lough Corrib to the north with Galway Bay to the south, passing through Galway City before emptying into the sea. You can take a riverside walk from the Salmon Weir Bridge in Galway. The river is fast flowing and quite wide at Galway.

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  • Festivals

    Galway Things to Do

    Galway comes alive during the world famous Galway races. Its an experience for everyone - even if like me you've no interest in horses - its all about the incredible atmosphere that makes the whole of Ireland visit galway every July. The races can both be enjoyed at the track and then later you must visit the city to join the revellers - you'd...

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  • Amusement and leisure

    Galway Things to Do

    Salthill, the seaside town couple of miles from Galway has a number of casinos. Don't however think of the place as a kind of mini Las Vegas. The tawdry collection of so called casinos are only one step up of the evolutionary ladder from the primordial soup of the amusement arcade. More Ceasar Salad than Ceasar's palace. There are three prominent...

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  • Towns and villages worth a visit

    Galway Things to Do

    One of the most common trips out for day from Galway is to visit the wilds of Connemara. The twelve Bens (mountains) dominate the landscape they rise up between the peat bogs in a majestic way (oh god, I’m no good at the purplely landscape writing stuff). They are just very beautiful. O.K ? Many visitors make it all the way out to Clifden, which...

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  • Dunguaire Castle

    I went on an organised daytrip from Galway to Cliffs of Moher and Burren. The first stop we made was at Dunguaire Castle.Dunguaire is a small castle built around 1520 by the O’Hynes clan. In the end of February it was closed, but between May – October you can visit the interior. For that there is an admission. The castle has got a scenic location...

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  • Letterfrack

    Letterfrack is a village in Connemara, situated about 15km northeast of Clifden.I chose Letterfrack to be my base for a few days while exploring Connemara. The Connemara National Park visitor Centre is situated in Letterfrack, but was closed during my visit in February. From the visitor centre there is a good trail up on Diamond Hill where I hiked...

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  • Tully Mountain, Connemara

    I had seen photos from Tully Mountain and wanted to do a hike there while in Letterfrack. When I asked Mike at Letterfrack Lodge about the mountain he borrowed me a map, and drew on the map where I should walk while on the mountain. I also wrote down his instructions. In the morning I brought a lunch picnic and set off for Tully Mountain. From...

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  • Diamond Hill, Connemara NP

    Connemara National Park Visitor Centre is situated in Letterfrack. It was closed in the end of February when I visited but it is here that the trail up on Diamond Hill, a mountain 442m high, begins. The hike to the top and back is 6.7km long, but if you don’t want to go all way up there are shorter trails to walk as well. I couldn’t see any other...

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  • Galway

    My visit to Galway was very short. I stayed for two nights, but went on a daytrip to Cliffs of Moher and Burren in between. I visited The Collegiate Church of St Nicholas and took a walk along River Corrib to Galway Cathedral, but I didn’t have time to visit the City Museum or take a stroll along the seaside promenade to Salthill. From Galway I...

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  • Clifden

    Clifden is often called the Capital of Connemara because it is the largest town in Connemara, even though there are less than 2000 inhabitants living in the town. During summer many tourists come here while visiting Connemara. There are several B&Bs, pubs, cafés and gift shops. I visited Clifden only for a day and night and that day I walked the...

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  • Kylemore Abbey

    Kylemore Abbey was constructed between 1867 and 1871 by Mitchell and Margaret Henry. They had visited Connemara already during their honeymoon in the 1850s and loved the area very much. When Mitchell Henry inherited money they bought the old hunting Lodge Kylemore Lodge and 15 000 acres of land. On the site of the lodge they built their castle....

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  • Sky Road and Beach Road, Clifden

    I had heard of the scenic Sky Road outside Clifden and wanted to walk it when I was in the area. It is a walk of about 11km along a narrow road above the Clifden Bay. The views are very nice, but the day of my visit it was cloudy. Returning to Clifden, from the village Kingston, I took the Lower Sky Road which runs parallel with the Sky Road above....

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  • Letterfrack & the Connemara National...

    Connemara National Park is a big area east of Clifden and south of Leenane and it includes 4 of the 12 bens - umong them is Benbaun, which is the highest of them with 730 meters. Inside that National Park you may also see plenty of megalith graves, dating back more than 4000 years.You may walk through the national Park all year long, but the...

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  • Galway's own set of keys

    Travelling west from Galway on the road to Clifden it is possle to take in a delightful backwater. The road to lettermore winds gently over a rumber of narrow stone bridges that connect the little island group. In some ways in reminded me of a kind of mini Irish version of the Florida keys. These island vary in size from a couple of miles to...

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  • Connemara Loop Galway Ireland

    Hi guysI've been and back ;-) Great time :_)Just to let let yous know you can get a map and guide of the Connemara loop from most garages you stop at which does prove pretty uselful although most of the old timers in the area will disagree that this is the correct Connemara loop ! For the best portions of food you can try Bards Den in Letterfrack....

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  • No 1 : Now that's what I'm talking about...

    One of the most common trips out for day from Galway is to visit the wilds of Connemara. The unspolit widerness is shared between County Galway and County Mayo. The twelve Bens (mountains) dominate the landscape they rise up between the peat bogs in a majestic way (oh god, I’m no good at the purplely landscape writing stuff). They are just very...

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  • Galway Top Ten : King's Head Pub, Galway...

    The King's head pub stands on the main street in galway city and dates from 1649. It is a great pub to visit with good music, food and beer.For years I didn't realise the significance of the name and the date - but then I got wise !In 1649 Oliver Cromwell was in power in England, and he needed the previous king, Charles 1st executed. The normal...

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  • Galway Top Ten : Athenry (4)

    'The Fields of Athenry' is a song known all over the world. Many presume that the song has a long history, but it was in fact written in 1979 by 'The Dubliners'. Others claim that they have modified a song from 1888 .These days it is often sung at various gathering and has become embedded into the 'celtic cultural landscape'. It is song ( like...

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  • Galway Top Ten : Clonfert Cathedral (8)

    Clonfert (yes, i've never heard of the place either) is Ireland's smallest diocese. Must be the sort of place that Father Ted would aspire to.The Cathedral at Loughrea, although only the size of a reasonably large parish is a little gem.Begun in 1897, it marries the Celtic revival movement with the arts and crafts movement. This means that unlike...

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  • Galway Top Ten : Galway waterside (5)

    A walk by the river is an absolute must in Galway. If you just head for the Cathedral, you will soon find the River Corrib and the small canal at the side of it. The Corrib itself is a Salmon river and was originally called the Galway river, meaning "short stony river". It is in fact the shortest river in Europe (2 miles), and also (with a little...

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  • Galway Top Ten - Eyre Square, Galway (6)

    Eyre square in Galway is the focal point of the town. The city fathers made a real mess of it in the 1960s, and have had a go at at it again reecently. The plans for the current re-development were as good as far as they went, but they really have missed an opportunity to banish traffic from the area entirely and put in some kind of impressive...

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  • Galway Top Ten : Aran Islands & fort (3)

    When you land in the Aran Island largest village Kilronan,, there is a sign of the Quayside that reads ‘Keep out. Danger’. Except here in a piece of reverse graffiti the ‘D’ has been painted out. That’s just the kind of sentiment that is appropriate here.The main island, Inis Mor is in danger of becoming a kind of ‘Lepricorn Disneyland’, with a...

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  • Galway Top Ten : The Sky Road Clifden...

    It's difficult to write a tip for this place as the superlative available fall very short of the sheer beauty and majesty of the views afforded from the road. The road is about 7 miles long and runs out from Clifden, past a ruined Gothic pile, along the Atlantic shore. The road then forks to form a loop. The lower road runs near rthe cliff edge,...

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  • Galway Top ten : Kinvarra & Castle (9)

    The castle at kinvarra is one of those 'iconic' photograph opportunities with the tiny, almost fairy-tale castle standing out on a little jut of land surrounded by the shores of galway bay.you can visit the castle for a few euros, or indulge in a 'medieval banquet' on a summer evening.The look of the castle always reminds me of the castle featured...

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  • Galway Top ten : Knock Ma Hill (10)

    Knock Ma is a wooded hill that lies a few miles from Tuam, after the village of Belclare on the road to Headford.The local authority have put in a car park for a dozen or so cars and a well made, broad path that runs in a circular loop that encircles the hill. It passes within a about 30 meters of the summit which can easily be reached. The whole...

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  • Visit Kylemore Abbey

    Set in Connemara, this is the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. Great landscape to for a stroll and visit the church and the gardens.

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  • Dan O'Hara Homestead/Connemara Heritage...

    This was a very rewarding place to visit. First of all we were treated to a couple of songs by the genial man at the ticket booth. I'm not sure if he does this for every visitor but we got 'Dan O'Hara' and, when he found out my namesake, 'Kevin Barry'. After paying for the ticket we short audio-visual presentation about the history of the area and...

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  • Kylemore Abbey

    This is a beautiful Gothic abbey which is home to a small number of nuns & boarding school. You can visit a number of rooms in the abbey, the walled gardens, and the chapel.It costs 13 Euro to enter the estate which I thought was a bit much. The best view of the abbey is from across the lake anyway and taking pictures from there wont cost you a...

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  • Play 'spot the castle'.............

    ........because there are lots of them (or bits of them) lurking around, in the most unlikely places. The bit in the photo is in a farmyard.

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  • Drive the small...

    ........because you'll get the best views, and the most surprises. I drove down through Oranmore, through Rinville, to Tawin island. It was worth it.,

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  • Drive the small roads..................

    .........because you never know when you'll come across a stray castle. Just be careful, and drive slowly, because not everyone does!

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  • ARAN ISLANDS: Dún Eochla

    Dún Eochla is another fort on Inishmore. Only very few tourists come here as it's in the middle of the islands, not on the coast. Hence it's one of the two still intact circular forts and quite impressive! It is said to have been a signal station for the nearby lighthouse sometime between 550 and 800AD.

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  • ARAN ISLANDS: Dun Aengus

    Dun Aonghasa (Dun Aengus) is the most popular fort on Inishmore - it is also the biggest one as well as one of the finest prehistoric monuments in Europe! In summer you won't get a quiet moment to yourself here. People are literally queueing to get their picture taken at the scenic spots! Most people are more interested in the cliffs than in the...

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  • ARAN ISLANDS: Dun Dúbhchathair

    Dun Dúbhchathair or the Black Fort (a bit easier too pronouce ;) was the first fort we visited on Inishmore. It's the nicest one I think because - unlike Dun Aengus - its not full of tourists. When we were there on a nice sunny morning we were almost on our own, exploring scary cliffs, old walls and beautiful flowers.

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