Galway Attractions

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Galway Attractions

The city, the sea and the best of the West.

CORRIB PRINCESS

The Corrib Princess offers a fantastic cruise on an all-weather boat, departing from Steamers Quay in the city centre. The journey gives passengers spectacular views of the River Corrib and proceeds onto Lough Corrib.

The Corrib Princess takes you past castles and places of historical interest, showing you a view of Galway you just can not experience on foot.

Address: Waterside, Woodquay, Galway City.

ARAN ISLAND FERRIES

Aran Island Ferries have launched a brand new 90-minute cruise on Galway Bay, for the summer of 2021. This is the only cruise to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher sailing direct from Galway city.

The seasonal cruise departs Galway Docks (located less than 10-minute walk from The Galmont) at 9:30am daily and will showcase the Wild Atlantic Way coastline of Connemara and Clare, along with all three of the Aran Islands, before docking at Inis Mór.

The return journey to Galway City will bring passengers on a cruise along the iconic Cliffs of Moher, returning into Galway City Docks at 6:00pm. Visitors to the city of the tribes are set to enjoy a safe, all-weather experience of the jewels in the crown of Galway Bay this summer.

Address: 37-39 Forster St, Galway City.

GALWAY BAY TOUR BOATS

Experience the magic of Galway Bay Boat Tours, a family run business where you can choose from sailing adventures, heritage tours, themed evening excursions, boat picnics and a lobster safari tour. Meet the Oliver family, a team of professional skippers, and listen as they regale you with intriguing tales of the city's rich maritime history.

Address: New Docks, Galway City.

GALWAY BEACHES

You will be spoilt for beaches in Galway city. The nearest beach to the hotel is Salthill, followed by Silver Strand in Barna. There are many beaches in Spiddeal such as Tra Mor and An Doilin in Carraroe.

Dogs Bay and Gurteen Bay are equally fantastic and are located 2 miles outside the picturesque village of Roundstone in Connemara.

SALTHILL PROMENADE

A visit to Galway is not complete without a stroll along the Promenade at Salthill. A favourite pastime for Galwegians and visitors alike is walking along the 2km-long seaside promenade running from the edge of the city along Salthill.

There are several beaches to visit, the iconic diving board at Blackrock and of course you must 'kick the wall' across from the diving boards before turning around.

EYRE SQUARE

Eyre Square, also known as John F. Kennedy park is located 3 minutes’ walk from The Galmont. Here you will find a statue of Galway author Padraic O'Conaire, a bust where John F. Kennedy addressed the people of Galway in 1963 and a fountain with a centrepiece of a copper-coloured sails of the Galway Hooker traditional fishing boat, unique to Galway.

QUAY STREET

Quay Street and the Latin Quarter are often referred to as the cultural heart of Galway. A highlight for many visitors to Galway City is strolling along the medieval pedestrianised streets. The area is characterised by buskers, boutiques, unique shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and is located a 10 minute walk from The Galmont.

WEEKEND MARKETS

The laid-back and vibrant vibes of Galway are best experienced at the weekend market.

There are many colourful stalls and plenty of incredible flavours, all in the shadow of St Nicholas’ Medieval Church. As well as local cheeses and sea food, international influences come through with curries and Mediterranean favourites.

Address: Lombard St., Galway City. 

GALWAY CITY WALKING TOURS

Brian Nolan is a fantastic story teller and can take you on a discovery walking tour of Galway city talking about its horrid history, a Salthill Promenade tour by Galway Bay or possibly the world's shortest walking tour - the fireside tour of O’Connor’s famous Pub which is just 50 feet in lenght!

Brian's favourite tour is the Horrible History Tour, it's a mix of culture, history, characters, literary, and ghost references.

Address: 8 Eyre Square, Galway City. 

GALWAY FOOD TOURS

An unforgettable culinary experience run by Sheena Dignam, a Franco-Irish food and wine lover who grew up in the Loire valley, and Gosia Letowska who is passionate about local food producers and makers. 

Choose from a range of day and evening food tours including a sweet tooth tour, food and cycling tour, whiskey tour and even an arthouse cinema and food tour, and try produce from Oysters to Cheese, Sushi to Crab and Doughnuts to Strawberry Tarts, Local Beers and more.

They are currently running self guided tours with the Galway Food Tours pocketbook. 

KYLEMORE ABBEY

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden is one of Ireland's most romantic castles, set in the stunning surrounds of Connemara and only a 1 hour and 20 minute drive from The Galmont.

Discover the Kylemore Woodland Trails & Tales along the beautiful 1000 acre estate, the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden, the neo-Gothic church, dining and the fairy woodland play area.

Address: Connemara, Co. Galway.

CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK

Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range.

Admission is free and there is a playground, picnic area and a tea room.

Address: Letterfrack, Co. Galway.

CONNEMARA PUB TOURS AND SECRET CONNEMARA

Connemara Pub Tours and Secret Connemara arrange day or multi day experiences in Connemara and the Aran Islands, with a choice of activity from a traditional Pub Tour which is ideal for groups to more personal guided experiences of the Aran Islands with an emphasis on food, culture and local people.

They can arrange transport if required or tailor make an experience according to your interests or needs anf operate throughout the year. 

KILLARY ADVENTURE CO.

A high octane adventure company in a stunning location. They have everything you need for a fantastic activity holiday with over 20 of the most exciting adventure activities to choose from.

Kayak on Irelands only Fjord, experience ringo rides, wakeboarding, waterskiing, their mini water park, sunset boat trips and giant SUP's with the mountains soaring up around you. Test your nerve on their climbing wall, high ropes course, burma bridge and skyfall. They have something for everyone. Booking in advance is essential.

Address: Derrynacleigh, Leenane, Co. Galway.

ARAN OFF ROAD EXPERIENCE

Aran Off Road Experience is a guided tour company, set up by brothers and native Islanders Pádraig and Aonghus Hernon. They provide small personalised group tours of Inis Mór in an off-road 4x4 Land Rover Defender Jeep, going completely off the beaten track to visit the local landmarks and hidden gems on Inis Mór.

Address: Oatquarter, Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Co. Galway. 

CELTIC CHAUFFEUR SERVICES

Celtic Chauffeur Services is a 100% privately owned Irish company based in the West of Ireland with a modern, ultra-safe fleet of vehicles and Mercedes coaches. 

They offer full and half day scenic tours from Clifden to Roundstone, Ballyconneely to the rugged landscapes of Ballynahinch and Letterfrack, the Burren, Dunguaire Castle, Ailwee Cave and the amazing Cliffs of Moher.

Their drivers are approved Fáilte Ireland Tour Guides and can provide you with a wealth of detailed information about Irish history.

Address: 12 Rockhill Avenue, Salthill, Galway.

PEARSE COTTAGE VISITOR CENTRE

A new visitor centre in Ros Muc in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht that tells the story of Patrick Pearse, and brings visitors on a journey of discovery through the language, culture and landscape of this stunning part of south Connemara.

• Visit Teach an Phiarsaigh, the cottage where Patrick Pearse, writer, educator and leader of the 1916 Rising, spent his summers.
• Explore Pearse’s historical and cultural legacy.
• Interactive exhibition in the new visitor centre brings to life the unique landscape, language and culture of southern Connemara that inspired Pearse’s work.
• Scenic looped walk through the Connemara bog from the visitor centre to Pearse’s cottage.
• Learn about contemporary life in Connemara, and how the Irish language, Gaelic sports and traditional music are part of everyday life.

Address: An Gort Mhór, Rosmuck, Co. Galway.

COOLE PARK

It offers beautiful walks, a walled garden that is perfect for picnics, deer in an enclosure and lots of literary references along with a visitor centre. There is a tea room and information centre. There is also a 3- minute presentation which covers the life of Lady Gregory, the history of Coole and the Irish Literary Revival. Coole park has a variety of walking trails which are clearly sign posted throughout the park.

Address: Gort, Co. Galway.

GALWAY CITY MUSEUM

The Museum is a beautiful building which is located at the Spanish Arch, overlooking the River Corrib. A brilliant source of information on the rich heritage & history of the city.

Address: Spanish Parade, Galway City.

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