County Galway Attractions

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County Galway Attractions

Delve into the rugged beauty of County Galway and its many exciting attractions!

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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 20minute 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.
Opening times: seasonal timetable 
Booking Advised: (095) 52001
Awarded ‘BEST IRISH EXPERIENCE’ 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) will give you an opportunity to visit Inis Mór and see the Cliffs of Moher on a Day Trip.
Opening times: seasonal timetable 
Booking Advised: (0)91 568 903 / (0)871 827047.
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 tearoom.
Address: Letterfrack, Co. Galway.
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. 
Opening times: Monday-Friday 8am-10pm Saturday-Sunday 10.30pm 
Booking Advised: (0)83 0185175
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.
Explore Ireland’s beautiful Burren region and discover top natural landmarks including the Cliffs of Moher with ease on this day tour from Galway. Travel through the Burren’s rugged landscapes with your guide and discover local attractions such as the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle and Aillwee Cave. Explore walking trails on top of the mighty Cliffs of Moher at your leisure and enjoy panoramic views over the coastal scenery. Watch the skies for sightings of native birdlife, then stop in Doolin on route back to Galway.
Opening times: seasonal timetable
Booking Advised: (091) 562 905
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.
Bridewell Brewery in Clifden has become a well-established fixture in the foodie landscape of Connemara.  Tucked in beside the ruins of Clifden’s storied 18th century gaol.  Only a 1 hour 15 minute drive from The Galmont. Brewed by locals for locals and special guests, draught beers include the crisp Bridewell Blond and the smooth malty Bridewell Red brewed using Connemara water.  Be sure to ask for Bridewell.
Address: Bridewell Lane, Clifden, Co. Galway
Opening times: Off-season small tours when production allows. Booking essential. 
Connemara Smokehouse is a multi-award winning, second generation, family run business since 1979. With quality at the core of everything  they  do, we source the finest, fresh ingredients from the wild Atlantic. 
Using traditional methods and all natural ingredients, they prepare the finest smoked and marinated seafood available. Their products include smoked salmon, honey roast smoked salmon, smoked tuna and smoked mackerel.
The fish are filleted by hand and are then ready for dry salting. The fish are then gently smoked using beechwood to give a beautiful, delicate flavour and texture that simply melts in your mouth.
Visit their factory shop and information area, chat with one of the team to learn about what we do and maybe buy some Smokehouse treats to take away.
Private tasting experiences can be organised (booking essential)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm.
Satisfy your thirst for discovery and adventure on one of Connemara’s Cycle Loops. Cruise gently along the bog road, discover secluded beaches and simply breathe the fresh sea air. Starting in the delightful market town of Clifden, this is the perfect way to explore one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most scenic areas. Against the 
breathtaking backdrop of the Twelve Bens and with the tranquil coastline at your side, you might even catch a glimpse of the wild seals and leaping dolphins out at sea.
Based in Clifden, in the heart of Connemara, with a fleet of bikes, from electric and hybrid to children’s bikes, buggies and tandems, Clifden Bike Shop have everything you need to enjoy a cycling experience on the Wild Atlantic Way. Highlights include:
  • Amanda & Jonathan Powell | a super family team | passionate about Connemara & their customers
  • Bike Hire | Fleet of Bikes including electric | hybrid children’s bikes | buggies |tandems 
  • Cycle Loops | scenic 20-kilometre cycle loop overlooking Clifden Bay
  • Clifden | picturesque town | largest town in Connemara
  • The Twelve Bens | a striking range of mountains in Connemara
  • Natural Habitat | birdlife | wildlife including, sea otters, dolphins and grey seals 
  • Simply Being! | breathe the fresh sea air and feel the wind on your face
  • Explore | many different cycle loops to explore Connemara’s rugged landscape
  • Guided Cycle | Guides available speaking English, French, German and Italian

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