Things to do in Galway, Ireland

1. Go to a Traditional Music and Dance Show

One of the best things to do in Galway is to go to a Traditional Music and Dance Show such as Celtic Dream The Show in Monroe’s Live every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm from May to September! This show is one of the best in the country and has many talented performers from musicians to singers to dancers – including a world champion even!

2. Enjoy Dinner and Drinks on Quay Street

Soak up the atmosphere on Quay Street in the heart of Galway City! Quay Street had numerous restaurants and pubs to enjoy dinner and/or a drink in. Grab a seat outside on a lovely summer’s evening and enjoy the atmosphere all around! Some of our favourite restaurants include The Quay Street Kitchen, McDonaghs Fish & Chips, The Seafood Bar at Kirwan’s Lane and for a drink Neachtains is a must! And don’t worry if it’s raining, almost all the restaurants have an awning to keep the rain away!

Quay Street, Galway City

3. Visit the Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum is free to enter and has numerous exhibitions, come here to learn about the history and archaeology of Galway and Galway Bay itself. Make sure to catch the best view of the beautiful Claddagh on the top floor! Located by the Spanish Arch, why not take a seat here after your visit and enjoy the view of the Claddagh. Then cross over the Claddagh and enjoy the view of The Long Walk

Galway Hookers, Long Walk, The Claddagh, Galway City

4. Visit the Galway Cathedral

A Roman Catholic Cathedral in Galway City which used to be a prison, the Galway Cathedral sitting on the banks of the Corrib River is pretty impressive and one of the largest buildings in Galway. Also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, it’s fabulous art within is a must see!

5. Explore Connemara

Connemara is one of the most beautiful places in Ireland. On the West Coast of Galway, why not take a trip here to see the Connemara National Park is with its beautiful mountains, bogs and lakes.  Enjoy the atmosphere in it’s town Clifden or villages such as Letterfrack or Roundstone

6. Enjoy Sunny Salthill

With fabulous views of the Aran Islands, Galway City and the Burren in County Clare, what’s not to love about Salthill. The Irish for Salthill is “Bóthar na Trá” meaning the Road of the Beach hence it will come as no surprise that Salthill had beautiful beaches along with a lovely parks (do have a look in the Circle of Life Commemorative Garden between the Galway Bay Hotel and the Salthill Hotel) what’s not to love! Treat yourself to a 99 Ice Cream from Centra – one of the best 99’s you can get in Ireland, go on a ride in Leisureland’s Outdoor Fairground or play a game of Adventure Golf, Walk the Promenade and kick the wall at the end of if you feel like a dip in the sea – why not dive off the Blackrock Diving Tower at high tide

99 Ice Cream

Things to do on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands

How to spend your time on Inis Oirr, Aran Islands.

Aran Seaweed Baths and Spa

A stone throw away from Cliffs of Moher View Guesthouse you couldn’t find a better therapist. From hot stone massages to fabulous facials, baths using local seaweed collected just out by the Inis Oírr Lighthouse there’s no better way to spend your time on Inis Oirr.

Take a Pony and Trap

Go on a bicycle ride

Inis Oírr, Aran Islands – Places to see

What to see on Inis Oirr, Aran Islands

Plassey Shipwreck

The steam trawler MV Plassey hit Finnis Rock off Inis Oirr, Aran Islands on the 8th of March in 1960. The Inis Oirr Coastguard rescued all of the crew using a rocket for the first time and the breeches buoy. The trawler then washed ashore on Inis Oirr. The shipwreck is still on Inis Oirr and has now become a tourist attraction. It has featured on the opening of the famous Father Ted series. The Plassey Shipwreck can be seen from Cliffs of Moher View Guesthouse. Here’s a picture of us on the way out to the Plassey Shipwreck on our Wedding Day.

St. Caomhán’s Sunken Church

St Caomhan‘s Church is located in the Inis Oirr Graveyard. Sunken because of sand that they say blew over from the middle Aran Island Inis Meáin (Inish Maan) St. Caomhán’s Church is the ruins of St. Kevin’s Church where the Saint is buried. Here’s another picture of us on our Wedding Day down in St. Caomhan’s Church.

O’Brien’s Castle

O’Brien’s Castle is located on the highest point on Inis Oirr hence it has some amazing views overlooking the bustling village in the summertime. Take some time here to watch the ferries coming in, watch a match on the football pitch or the activities on the beach. Dating back to the 14th century, it was taken from the O’Briens by the the Flahertys in 1582 and then taken from them by the Cromwellian forces in 1652.

Tobar Éinne

Tobar Einne (St. Enda’s Holy Well) is located on the west side of Inis Oirr and has been said to have healing. Known as the well that can heal, it is also said that it never dries and sometimes an eel can be seen swimming in it! Saint Enda was the patron Saint of Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands.