Oranmore is a fast-growing village in County Galway to the east of Galway City. The village’s rapid growth over the last few decades has meant the development of an exciting tourist and cultural scene and its function as a pleasant place for workers in Galway City to commute from means that there are excellent transport links.
The village’s growth has brought new places to eat, to shop and to generally enjoy a good life. Close to some areas of outstanding natural beauty, Oranmore also makes a great base for those looking for a more outdoorsy sort of holiday. With its mixture of modern and ancient, and its placement between the urban and the rural, Oranmore has some eclectic offerings for holidaymakers of all types.
Oranmore for Sports Fans
Oranmore has much to offer those who are looking for an active holiday. Its location on the edge of the countryside, but with a foot in the urban, makes it an attractive location for many sports facilities. If you love sport, Oranmore has something to offer you. There are plenty of hotels and bed and breakfasts situated within perfect proximity to the sports facilities that Oranmore has to offer.
If you’re interested in horse riding, then look to the bed and breakfasts on the outskirts of Oranmore for access to some excellent equestrian facilities. There are a number of reputable riding schools in the area which lead treks out across the surrounding countryside, and offer top quality tuition.
Oranmore is also to an 18 hole championship golf course. The Athenry Golf Club is located just four miles from the centre of Oranmore, and welcomes visitors. Play a game, or enjoy a lesson with one of Athenry’s experienced members of staff. The golf course also has an excellent bar and restaurant, where you can top up on light snacks and drinks or reward yourself with a good meal at the end of the day.
Oranmore for Culture Lovers
Oranmore has plenty of activities to educate and inspire, for old and young alike. There is a range of museums and cultural attractions within the city and its surrounding areas.
A great place to start is Athenry heritage centre. Athenry is the best preserved medieval town in Ireland, and is located just a few miles from the centre of Oranmore. The heritage centre offers guided activity tours of the town, as well as having plenty of exhibits and informative displays to keep all the family entertained.
Dartford Horse Museum is also located just a short way from Oranmore. For dedicated equestrian enthusiasts, and those simply curious about the history of man and horse, there’s an incredible offering here. As well as historical exhibits in the horse museum, there are on-site activities including horse riding, archery and sheep dog displays. Make your visit a full day trip; explore the working farm and enjoy a good meal at the farm café.