Take a trip into the rugged wonderland of County Galway for an experience of a lifetime.
Delve into Galway’s unique history with stunning ancient sites.
This dramatic stone fort is perched on a clifftop almost 300ft above sea level. It’s an extremely important, and vulnerable, archaeological site.
Originally a Victorian-era castle, the Abbey now serves as home to the Benedictine nuns in Ireland. The gardens contain a magnificent 10,000 trees.
St. Brendan’s is famed for its beautiful Romanesque doorway, which dates back to about 1200. The cathedral is on the site of St. Brendan’s monastery, which dates back to the sixth century.
From the thrill of the races to spectacular sailing
Right on the western edge of Europe, Galway offers one of the last unspoilt angling locations with unrivalled environments for every type of angler.
Saddle up and enjoy exploring the West’s awe-inspiring scenery and dramatic coastal roads.
Not many race meetings come close to the excitement of Galway [www.galwayraces.com], regarded by many as Ireland's most colourful racing festival.
The West provides a superb backdrop for a bracing holiday on horseback, with equestrian centres dotted around the stunning landscape.
By boat you can discover the wild Atlantic coast, with its secluded bays and islands, or cruise through rivers, fjord and loughs with an unforgettable sense of space and freedom.
A variety of marked routes cover some of the most scenic areas, such as the very beautiful Connemara Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area).
The expanse of Atlantic coastline along Galway and Mayo offers canoeing, sailing, surfing, water-skiing and deep-sea diving.
Kids will be spoiled for choice in Galway.
Kids can explore the deep with Ireland’s largest aquarium, which houses 170 species of marine and freshwater life including stingrays, seahorses and an angel shark. There are sleepy starfish to hold, a load of fish to feed and a lot to learn about Bradán, the salmon, King of Fish!
Little ones will go mad for this wonderful festival that showcases the very cute Connemara pony, which is held in August.
Ireland’s only show mine offers guided tours through marble chambers and caverns. Silver, lead, calcite and quartz are all revealed in their natural glory.
Culture & festivals
Enjoy the Galway party atmosphere with oyster festivals and medieval banquets
An annual celebration of great food, accompanied by great fun, now in its 51st year and still going strong.
Evoking the spirit of Ireland’s rich musical and literary past, the Dunguaire Medieval Castle Banquets are great fun and take place in a castle that covers 13 centuries of Irish history.
Eating, Drinking & Luxury
Treat yourself to utter relaxation in hotels and spas with stunning locations.
This four-star retreat stands in the heart of Connemara and is set in an award-winning garden of flowering shrubs and woodland walks.
This truly luxurious spa has been voted one of the ten best in the world. Perfect for forgetting the stresses of modern life.
Intimate, elegant and perfectly located on a 50-acre deer farm on the shores of Galway Bay.
Gay & Lesbian
Enjoy a vibrant emerging gay and lesbian scene in Galway.
Club night every Sunday just outside Galway city.
One of the city’s few full-time gay bars.
Revitalised bar opened under new management with themed nights and DJs.
From smoked salmon to special crafts.
Specialists in wild smoked salmon, gravadlax, and roast and honey-roast smoked Irish salmon.
This center includes a number of workshops producing traditional Irish crafts including candles, leatherwork, pottery, woodwork, screenprinting and bodhráns.