Galway

Galway is pure, old world magic. A harbor city on Ireland’s west coast, its Latin Quarter holds art shops, Claddagh jewellry stores and medieval pubs pouring tourists and traditional music into the streets.

Shannon is the nearest airport and a one hour drive by car. Buses and trains also run regularly from Dublin to Galway.

While Galway deserves a few days itself, it is also an excellent jumping off point for day trips to the Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and Connemara.

EAT

Busker Browne’s Start your holiday in Galway with a pub lunch.

Cactus Jack’s Decent Mexican food.

Xi’an Street Food Casual restaurant with delicious hand-pulled Chinese noodles.

DRINK

Tig Coili Small, friendly bar with outdoor standing space for watching street artists.

Taafes Pub Super fun pub with traditional, live music.

Pádraicíns Seafood Bar & Restaurant Grab a Guinness at this R336 seaside pub while heading back to Galway after a day in Connemara.

The Quays Bar and Restaurant 400-year-old watering hole with an upstairs music hall featuring live music and DJs.

PLAY

Aran Islands and Cliffs of Mohrer The Aran Islands, known for their ancient villages and stone walls, are a short ferry ride (30-90 minutes) from the village of Doolin. The Cliffs are 15-20 minutes south of Doolin. Book entrance to the Cliffs in advance online.

Salthill Promemade Walk along the ocean and breathe in the fresh, Irish sea air.

Connemara Home to Ireland’s fairy folk. While there stop by the romantic Kylemore Abbey and its Victorian estate, and take an afternoon hike through Connemara’s National Park.

STAY

Any AirBnB within walking distance of the Latin Quarter will be conveniently placed.

Looking for something more authentic and away from the crowds? Salthill is a cute, quiet neighborhood with bed and breakfasts on the water and just a 10-15 minute bus ride from the Latin Quarter.