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Top things to do in County Galway
Galway Heritage and History
County Galway Holiday Guide
The County of Galway is divided in two by the raggedy shores of Lough Corrib, with the spectacular mountains of the Connemara peninsula to the west and lush green farmlands of the Shannon basin to the east. Most visitors head west to enjoy the mystical Twelve Bens and Maumturk mountain ranges, the intriguing Aran Islands and the history and beaches around Galway city.
The city of Galway is the heart of the county, sandwiched between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay, and has strong links with Ireland’s past – a large proportion of citizens speak Gaelic as well as English. The many pubs make the city swing to the beat of the bodhran and fiddle, but Galwegians’ appetite for fun is tempered by a healthy regard for Galway ’s heritage. The old city includes a medieval church, parts of the city walls and other buildings from the time when the 14 “Tribes” – merchant families – ruled Galway.
Elsewhere in the county, visitors can find castles at Athenry , Dunguaire , Aughnanure and Claregalway , several dolmens and other Neolithic standing stones, and Thoor Ballylee , the 16th century keep that poet W B Yeats restored and lived in.
Galway Views and Scenery
Connemara National Park is one of County Galway ’s jewels, studded with mountains, peat bogs and forests. Diamond Hill has a popular nature trail and circular walk, while the spiky Twelve Bens offer superb views of the county on a clear day. To the north, the Maumturk mountains are smaller, with fewer visitors.
Lough Corrib is a peaceful refuge from the bustle of Galway city, with fantastic spots for anglers and other watersports. Nearly 550 islands dot the waters of Corrib, with abundant wildlife and birdwatching opportunities, and several islands are home to churches, monasteries and tiny villages – some in ruins, some still going strong.
The wild western coast of Galway has some of Ireland’s best beaches, all white sand and roaring waves, with Dogs Bay, Silver Strand, Coral Beach, Carraroe, Salthill and Kilmurvey all worth seeing and there are many other blue flag beaches to visit.
The Aran Islands
The three islands of Aran are starkly beautiful places and their windswept magnificence attracts thousands of visitors prepared to take a 45-minute ferry journey from Galway city. The islands have two of the oldest forts in Ireland, Dun Aonghasa and Dun Chonchuir, Iron Age fortifications that have survived the centuries, along with the thousands of miles of stone walls that criss-cross the islands. There is also a thriving local arts scene and weavers who make the traditional Aran sweater.
Sport and Leisure in Galway
With so many places to enjoy the scenery and fresh air, it’s no surprise that Galway is a prime destination for all sorts of outdoor activities, from sea kayaking along the shoreline to exploring the countryside on horseback. Walkers and cyclists can easily lose the crowds either along the coast or in Connemara, and of course there are many, many golf courses to choose from.
Events and Shopping
Galway city is the best place for the dedicated shopper – the city market in Church Lane has been trading for centuries. For fairies, handicrafts, Aran jumpers, druidic paraphernalia and all things Celtic, there are few places that can match Galway.
The city is also the venue for a horseracing festival in Jul, and the Galway Arts Festival takes over the streets the same month. The Clarinbridge Oyster Festival is a must for seafood lovers – in fact it’s possible to find high class seafood across the county.
Enjoy County Galway
The delightful county of Galway, with its spine-tingling scenery, mysterious history and welcoming people, is sure to charm nearly every visitor.
The Advantages of County Galway Weekend Breaks
Discover a different side of the British Isles with a weekend break in County Galway. Take short breaks away from home and enjoy some quality time in a beautiful place. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and inspired. You can have an action-packed County Galway weekend break or get some peace with a relaxing holiday. Whatever experience you’re looking for, find it with our deals on hotels in County Galway.
Cheap Weekend Breaks to County Galway
There are lots of ways to take cheap weekend breaks to County Galway. Expedia offers deals on car hires and hotel rooms and covers trips for all kinds of travellers. The best way to save is with our holiday packages in County Galway. First, choose your car hire and hotel reservation. Then we’ll bundle them together into one discounted price. Solo explorers, couples, families, and groups of friends can discover budget solutions for their weekend breaks. Once you arrive, enjoy some of the fun things to do, many of which are free or cheap to experience.
County Galway Romantic Weekend Breaks
Couples love taking romantic weekend breaks in County Galway. Whisking your lover away for a romantic County Galway weekend break is the perfect opportunity to make new memories together. Expedia offers all kinds of hotel options, so you can find romantic hotels in County Galway and choose the best place for you. Check out our deals on beautiful properties, and you’ll save even more when you choose to package your hotel reservation with a car hire.
Family Weekend Breaks in County Galway
Set some time aside to experience family weekend breaks in County Galway. There are plenty of excellent family-friendly hotels in County Galway within our selection of hotels. You can also find a place to call home in one of the holiday rentals in County Galway. With accommodation, activities, and adventure all waiting, there’s never been a better time to plan County Galway family weekend breaks.