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Galway: A Quick Guide

Kylemore Abbey

A Quick Travel Guide to Galway, Ireland

The City of Tribes, as it’s colloquially known, can be found on the west coast of Ireland and, as a major city, is important for its tourism offerings. While the city itself is a hub of activity, it’s the beauty of the surrounding area that attracts thousands each year and Galway is the perfect gateway to explore it. With plenty of hotels in Galway to base yourself in, you can enjoy the city and rural delights that the area has to offer with ease.

Shop Street in Galway
Shop Street in Galway

Hop on a ferry and head for the Aran Islands, a small archipelago that provides real authentic charm. Ferries operate daily and offer reasonably priced transport to these unspoiled specks in Galway Bay.

Eyre Square
Eyre Square is at the center of the city (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

To the west of the city is Connemara National Park – an absolute must for lovers of adventure in the great outdoors. With miles upon miles of unspoiled landscapes, this breathtaking park would be ideal if you enjoy hiking, mountain biking or taking a stroll breathing in the freshness of unblemished terrain.

Galway Cathedral (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
Galway Cathedral (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

The Twelve Bens mountain range is well worth stopping by while the golden beaches where the park meets the ocean are perfect for families who fancy an afternoon of crabbing in the rock pools and watching the waves crash in on the shore. Pop by the village of Letterfrack which has a useful visitor’s center as well as a range of cafes and restaurants to enjoy a spot of lunch.

Kylemore Abbey
Kylemore Abbey

If you have the time to visit Galway before the end of the summer season, September would be an ideal time to enjoy the region of Salthill which has some fabulous beaches for your enjoyment. There’s also a funfair that can be enjoyed, where the amusements are open during the warmer, summer months while the indoor Leisureland complex is perfect for families who have packed their cozzies.

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden in Ireland
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden in Ireland

Spend time exploring the city and all that it holds or head further afield to appreciate what Galway County has to offer. Whatever you choose to do, you won’t be disappointed with an autumnal trip to the west coast of Ireland.

Check out our complete list of affordable hotels and resorts via Agoda or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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Also read: Dublin Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things To Do In Dublin, Ireland

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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