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Galway Harbour
Holiday Travel Guide

Galway Harbour showing boating, a marina and a river or creek

Cruise around the scenic sights of Galway Bay, see the historic Spanish Arch, spot charmingly colorful houses and dine in restaurants with water views.

The city has grown around the important hub of Galway Harbour over the past millennium. Home to the famous red-sailed Galway hookers that searched the seas for fish for centuries, the port has picturesque views and serene neighboring parks. It is also the starting point for trips to the stunning Aran Islands, which have fascinating ruins. Bring your family to this marina to appreciate the bustling port’s atmosphere and feel the history.

Admire the rows of colorful houses decorating the port, generating a quaint charm. Walk through the harbor for views of Galway Bay and rows of yachts. Capture pretty photos of the boats at sunset with the water reflecting changing hues of the sky. Stay at one of the hotels in the area and dine at a restaurant overlooking the water.

Go on a boat trip with a tour operator in the port. These usually include views and information about the docks, the city center, Mutton Island, Kilgolan and the beach area of Salthill. Choose between short trips and more comprehensive day voyages.

Embark on a trip from the harbor to the Aran Islands, where Irish Gaelic is spoken as a first language. Visit the island’s World Heritage Site of Dun Aonghasa, which consists of a 1500 B.C. prehistoric stone fort overlooking scenic rugged cliffs.

Visit the Galway City Museum to learn the story of Galway through relics dating back to prehistoric times. See a Galway hooker sailboat that was constructed specifically for the museum. The Spanish Arch, part of the historic city walls, is adjacent to the museum.

The harbor’s settlement dates back to the early 1100s, when a castle was built here. In the 13th century, the port was established as an important trading point. Learn about the famous Galway hooker, a type of sailing vessel from the region.

Galway Harbour is about 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) east of the city center at the point where the River Corrib meets the sea. Ride one of the many buses to this part of the town, in the sheltered eastern part of Galway Bay.

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