County Galway Travel Guide

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Galway

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Inishmore

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Clifden

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Inisheer

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30,85,0

Letterfrack

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22,259,4

Athenry

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Roundstone

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Aran Island

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Portumna

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Oughterard

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Monivea

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Kinvarra

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Tuam

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Gort

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Kilronan

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Inishbofin

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Claregalway

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Barna

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Carna

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Loughrea

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Spiddal

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Ballinasloe

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Aughnanure Castle

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Clarinbridge

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Ballynahinch Lake

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Rabbit Island

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Galway

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  • 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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  • Park House

    Galway Hotels

    I selected the Park House Hotel because it is very convenient to both the bus and train stations in...

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  • Fish'n'Chips, Fast Food

    4 out of 5 stars

    Galway Restaurants

    My 18 yr old son and I ate at McDonagh's while in Galway as it had been recommended to us. When talking to the locals, several people had asked if we had been there yet. The line up was long and both sides of the restaurant and patio were packed solid. A testament to the good food. We were more determined to wait in line and get ours. Service was...

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Inishmore

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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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  • Mainistir House Hostel

    Inishmore Hotels

    Aran Islands, County Galway, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

  • The Aran Fisherman

    1 out of 5 stars

    Inishmore Restaurants

    I must say the same thing about the garlic bread, again alot of cheese and not much garlic stuck on some bagette. I must say however that there was alot of it. There was a kind of burnt tomato in the middle with some tastless bacon (I think it was a tomato anyway....) Because of the rest of the menu that I was not very keen on and what they did...

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Clifden

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  • Sky Road

    Clifden Things to Do

    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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  • Ardagh Hotel Clifden

    Clifden Hotels

    Ardagh Hotel The short version Location: could not have been better. Staff: professional and...

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  • Beach Road

    Clifden Things to Do

    When I came back to Clifden after walking the Sky Road I thought I would take the Beach Road down to the harbor before going back to the hostel. At the harbor I realised that the road continued when I saw a sign for the Boat Club and beach, so I decided to continue too. The road follows the bay, but not for very long. It ends by the Boat Club and a...

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Inisheer

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  • Áras Éanna

    Inisheer Things to Do

    Inis Óirr has a dedicated arts and culture centre which displays traditional and contemporary arts. The centre has a conference centre, artist studio and gallery, exhibition centre, coffee shop and has a 70 seater theatre. The Arts centre also serves as a community centre.The centre has a programme of events and resident artists which changes...

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  • Villages

    Inisheer Things to Do

    While it may seem that the settlements on Inis Óirr are all part of one village, the settlements are in fact divided into several villages of communities. The main village is Baile an Lurgáin which is the closest village to the pier and has most of the facities and services available on the island, such as a shop, pubs, B&Bs, hotel and restaurants....

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  • Teampall Chaomhán

    Inisheer Things to Do

    Teampall Chaomháin or the Church of St. Keevaun is located directly below O’Brien’s Castle and Castle Village but without knowing about the church you could miss the unusual and interesting remains of this ancient church. Situated in a sunken hollow in a mound of earth and surrounded by a small grave, the church can not be seen from the roadside...

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Letterfrack

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  • Hiking on Tully Mountain

    Letterfrack Things to Do

    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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  • Rosleague Manor Hotel

    Letterfrack Hotels

    Rosleague, Letterfrack, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Diamond Hill

    Letterfrack Things to Do

    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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Athenry

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  • The Market Cross,The Square, Athenry.

    Athenry Things to Do

    A short walk from the Priory is Market square where stands this unique 15th c monument, deemed a "cross" as it depicts the crucifixion scene, but looks more like a heap of rubble with the scene on top. Standing some 2.5 metres high this was where the market traders made their deals. Here is a link to a very good description of the cross, which...

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  • Raheen Woods Hotel

    Athenry Hotels

    Just outside the town of Athenry, this hotel is a great location for exploring County Galway. It's...

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  • Athenry Dominican Priory, Athenry.

    Athenry Things to Do

    Founded also around the same time as the castle just acros the park, Athenry Priory is the last home to Meiler de Bermingham, the Baron of Athenry who died in battle at Cashel and his body brought back and buried inside near the altar. The Priory was not finished before 1261 but suffered a fire in 1423 Reconstruction began almost straight away but...

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Roundstone

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  • Good place in Roundstone to have...

    Roundstone Restaurants

    Close to the fireplace, having seafood and a good Guinness...a really beutiful place where to stop in Connemara. From the front tables it's possible to see the bay.Better, if possible, to eat in the pub, even though there's less choice (in any case, for the restaurant in summer is better to call before for a reservation).Odowds is the winners of...

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  • Roundstone House Hotel

    Roundstone Hotels

    Roundstone Village, Roundstone, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 1 out of 5 stars

  • Wonderful Food!

    Roundstone Restaurants

    After a long day of driving Connemara, we ended up here on the recommendation of our hostess at the Errisbeg Lodge B&B. We were seated just at 7 as the restaurant opened and spent the next two hours in culinary euphoria. I ordered what I thought to be a simple combo - soup and salad. I had excellent seafood chowder (Americans would consider it more...

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Aran Island

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Portumna

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  • Enda Hayes the Butcher

    Portumna Off The Beaten Path

    Right on Brendan street, the high street of Portumna. This little butcher (and I believe he has a small scale abbatoir as well) has been selling meat for three generations. All the new EC regulations might unfortunately mean an end to businesses such as this. That doesn't mean I'm voting NO! to the Lisbon treaty, but it is an arguement.The shop is...

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  • Shannon Oaks Hotel & Country Club

    Portumna Hotels

    Gort Road, Portumna, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Milk delivery

    Portumna Things to Do

    In my country, they do not deliver the milk anymore, so for me it was lovely to see the milk standing by the front door, but what was more funny was the emplty beer glass standing next to it.

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Oughterard

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  • Visit Aughnanure castle II.

    Oughterard Things to Do

    Inside the tower house one can climb up through the great hall and its massive chimney to the sleeping quarters and from there to the roof-walk. Obviously renovated, nonetheless the ceiling timbers have been recreated as the originals, a splendid piece of work. There are also some information panels and the lady at the kiosk will help with any info...

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  • Currarevagh House

    Oughterard Hotels

    Glann Road, Lough Corrib, Oughterard, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Visit Aughnanure castle..

    Oughterard Things to Do

    About 4 kms inthe direction of Galway lies the impressive tower house of Aughnanure castle. Built in 1500 by the O'Flaherty family who owned much of the area as early as the 8th c.. There had been an original castle here in the late 1250's built by the Earl of Ulster but then the lands reverted to the O'Flahertys in 1300. Between 1569 and 1630 it...

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Monivea

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  • Ballyglunin stataion aka Castletown

    Monivea Things to Do

    The famous arrival scene of the John Wayne 1952 film 'The Quiet Man' was filmed here. I think the real name is much more evocative that what Hollywood named it, but I can't do much about that.I understand the station is currently being converted into a restaurant run as a community project. If you then get a video of the film you can clearly see...

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  • Monivea's answer to the Taj Mahal

    Monivea Things to Do

    This really is something of a hidden gem. Follow the brown tourist signs to Monivea woods and you will hit on some delightful woods that have been recently developed with paths and signage.Apart from a good woodland walk they also contain two points of interest. The Monivea Mausoleum is the main draw. Built in 1896 by a devoted daughter, this...

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  • Sourbugger's most off the beaten path...

    Monivea Off The Beaten Path

    I came across a road the other day that extends up from Abbeyknockmoy in the Monivea direction for about half a mile. At the far end there is a stone that says 'heritage award winner' or something similar. I can't find any record of it anywhere on the internet.The road is a narrow little affair with grass down the middle and high hedges on each...

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Kinvarra

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  • Visit Dunguaire castle.

    Kinvarra Things to Do

    Entrance to the castle and grounds is 6€ for an adult with some good reductions for seniors/students and children.Entertainment during the banquet is generally made up of traditionnal music and readings of poetry.For the banquet you must reserve beforehand and costs upward of 54€ per adult, food and entertainment included. There are 2 sittings...

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  • Merriman Hotel

    Kinvarra Hotels

    Room clean, Bar staff unfriendly, food okay. Would not recommend this hotel to anyone looking for...

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  • Who let the sheep out?

    Kinvarra Things to Do

    All along the road, you will se these lovely stone walls with gates leading to the greenest of fields. If you are going to go wander in the fields, please ensure that you close the gates behind you again.

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Tuam

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  • A plug for my barber...Mattie francis

    Tuam Off The Beaten Path

    UPDATE 2010 : mattie sadly passed away last year. This Is therefore in memory of this wonderfully amiable character.I just don't hold with all this modern 'stylist' rubbish. A bunch of out of work air stewards charging you thirty quid to play with your hair and drip feed you weak coffee.Give me an old fashioned, proper, old-school barber any...

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  • If you want to put yourself through the...

    Tuam Things to Do

    The Cornmill in Tuam closed in the 1960's.Fortunately it has been restored over the years. Entry is free, so it is pleasant diversion if you are visiting the Tourist Information office which is housed on the ground floor of the building.The staff are very knowledgable and chatty - very refreshing.The grassy areas around the mill are also very...

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  • A walk up Knock Ma

    Tuam Things to Do

    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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Gort

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  • Ballylee Castle, WB Yeats home

    Gort Things to Do

    This was rather eerie in the drizzle rain that happens alot in Ireland, but was a pretty fun side trip. The River Cloon slides gently by under the trees and the Tower Castle broods over it all, water stains reaching up the walls towards the crenellated top. Not much to see inside, but nice to walk around a bit on the grounds.Open from May to...

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  • Modern pottery nirvana

    Gort Things to Do

    If you know anything about modern ceramic artwork (and I know bugger all) then you would know that Michael Kennedy is a leading light.He has picked Gort (Boland's lane) to convert a rather nice stone courtyrad area into a pottery and showroom. The stuff he produced are all unique, hand crafted affairs made with some of his own 'special glazes'.I...

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  • see some literary grafitti

    Gort Things to Do

    Coole park lies just to the north of Gort. It was the seat (and i am sure she had a very nice seat) of Lady Gregory who played a leading roe in the Irish literary revival. The house has gone, but the ground and especially the woodlands provided great inspiration for writers such as Yeats who lived nearby.The rather fine parkland is now open to all...

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Kilronan

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  • Clippty - clop - clop

    Kilronan Nightlife

    If you have read the introduction, then you will not be surprised to learn that twice-daily a show is put on for the tourist celebrating Irish music, song and dance. We met several American families who claimed that this ‘mini Riverdance’ was very well performed. I of course skipped the opportunity - I can get it for free by just watching the...

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  • Aran ferries

    Kilronan Transportation

    The only ways of getting to the islands are by ferry and plane. There is a very small airport on the islands and I think the prices are relatively reasonable. Most people get there by ferry, however. You can take one from Rossaveal or from Doolin. The one from Doolin, ran by Doolin Ferrys, is faster but costs more money. The one from Rossaveal...

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  • Uamhain Ghíóra- Inishman

    Kilronan Things to Do

    (Gregory's cave) Located on the beach facing the island of Inis Mór, the sea between Inis Meáin and Inis Mór is known as Gregory's sound. Legend has it that St. Gregory spent a lot of time in this cave.

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