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Inisbofin, Co. Galway, Ireland
Get away from it all on this island off Co Galway – less busy than the Aran Islands, it's a great place to unwind with some walking or cycling, with lots of remote beaches and historic ruins to explore. The are plenty of stories too – the ruined...
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Lissoughter, Recess, Co. Galway, Ireland
With a small pack and a poncho (it will rain), Ireland is literally your oyster. That is, on many hikes you can pause to enjoy fresh ones before returning to the trail. Long-distance paths criss-cross the counties and are well-marked. In addition,...
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We weren't going to leave Ireland without seeing some legitimate bogs. This road, which we don't think even has a route number, delivers the boggage. It's in the Connemara, and we drove there on a day trip from Galway. You take N59 to R341 and...
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This 15th-century castle near Athenry in County Galway, Ireland is hidden off a beautiful path in a forest that passes by a small creek on the way there. All you can hear are your own footsteps, the birds chirping and the bubbling of the creek as...
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2 Sea Rd, Galway, Ireland
When the cashier at the Guinness storehouse in Dublin found out I was going to Galway, her hometown, she suggested checking out the Crane Bar for traditional music. Based on the crowds that showed up, this is not a great secret. But it's still...
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Galway, Ireland
Galway is one of my favorite cities in the world...even with all the grey and rain the colors and vibes of this little city pop, and there always feels there's something more to be explored. One of my favorite pass-times when I'm in town is to...
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Roundstone, Co. Galway, Ireland
Surrounded on three sides by water and with a profile that looks like an ink spot, County Galway's Connemara Peninsula is small (you can drive around it in under a day), but offers every sort of outdoor adventure. Near the main town of Clifden...
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Aran Islands, Co. Galway, Ireland
Just getting to the fabulous Aran Islands is an adventure. Planes make the short run from County Galway, swooping down to one of three short landing strips. Or you can take a boat over the often-lively swells from Doolin or Connemara; either way,...
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Galway, Ireland
It was a slog to get to the Aran Islands. My ticket read MSP to ORD to LON to DUB to GWY, but the abbreviations do nothing to shorten the trip. From Galway, a bus to Rossaveel, from Rossaveel a ferry to Kilronan and finally a van driven by Enda to...
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Rosroe, Co. Galway, Ireland
No, this is not a mistake, I am not writing about Norway. Quickly defined, a fjord is a very deep and narrow inlet originally formed by glacial movement, which can be identified by steep cliffs or mountains flanking either side. The Killary Fjord...
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Tully Beg, Co. Galway, Ireland
Connemara's jagged coastline shows the juxtaposition of vulnerability and strength at every turn. This home didn't fare well against the harsh elements, but its walls remain unyielding. The cool Atlantic winds are saturated with salt, and so are...
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Galway, Ireland
Walking down to the beach in Galway, Ireland, I noticed these colorful houses and old boats sitting next to the bay.
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Letterbrickaun, Leenaun, Co. Galway, Ireland
I found this back in the summer of 2010 in Leenane, Connemara, Ireland. I was driving from Westport to Roundstone and stopped for a cup of tea at a little cafe. This was in the yard in front. Now, this was before bin Laden was killed, so it now...
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After my rehearsal dinner at the Zetland House in Cashel Bay, we boarded our bus to take the short trip to Roundstone to go pub hopping. We settled into O'Dowd's where many of my American guests enjoyed an evening in their first true Irish Pub....
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Quay St, Galway, H91 E8D7, Ireland
Traveling alone for two days/two nights in Galway, I wanted to stay somewhere safe, relatively comfortable, and centrally located. A friend recommended Jurys Inn. While I'm not generally a fan of chain hotels when I stay abroad--I love the...
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Brannock Island East, Co. Galway, Ireland
As a day tripper to the Aran Island of Inis Mor (Inishmore) on a bright and sunny day in September, it’s easy to see all that is right and good in a place. And that’s the gratification of travel to beautiful and exotic places like the rocky west...
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Inishmore, Co. Galway, Ireland
Set just a short ferry ride off of the Galway coast of Ireland, the Aran Islands are one of the last outposts where Irish is the language you'll find spoken on the streets. Most of the 1,200 residents work as commercial fisherman or make sweaters...
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Salthill, Co. Galway, Ireland
Walking from Salthill to Galway along the Seapoint Promenade I felt the clouds start to pass over the sun and as I turned around I snapped this beautiful shot. It still takes my breath away every time I look at it. It reminds me of that exact...
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Oghil, Co. Galway, Ireland
The site of the seven churches and cemetery on Inishmore underscores the long history and far reach of the Catholic Church. Here lived saints and scholars in the 7th and 8th centuries and drew pilgrims then as it does by tour van today. You can...
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Townparks (3rd Division), Doogra, Tuam, Co. Galway, Ireland
One of my favorite things to do when visiting a new city is to stop and see the street performers. This man was particularly entertaining.
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Market St, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland
Mitchell's was very well rated online and rightfully so. The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere and pleasant staff. The seafood was extremely fresh and if you asked, they could tell you where it all came from. I would love to go back and eat my...
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The Long Walk, Galway, Ireland
These colorful houses comprise a part of Galway called The Long Walk. Facing Galway Bay, they are private residences. Worth taking a walk down the street to view them and look out on Galway Bay. Also, there are a couple of restaurants at the...
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8 Quay Ln, Galway, Ireland
It’s hard not to feel loud and American when dining in this traditional Irish tea house, especially when trying to decipher the long list of teas, from the traditional to the exotic, all served by the pot. They offer freshly baked pies,cakes, and...
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Letterfrack, Co. Galway, Ireland
The bleak, windswept landscape of Connemara in the West of Ireland is characterized by bogs, lakes, mountains, and miles of stone walls. Connemara National Park is one of the best places to appreciate this unique landscape, with more than 7,000...
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Renvyle, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Set 15 minutes away from the small town of Letterfrack in the wild west of Ireland, the Renvyle House Hotel sits on a craggy peninsula overlooking the Atlantic. This country estate features cozy rooms, a wood-paneled lobby, and food to die for. I...
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Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland
Spectacular cathedral just 10 to 15 minute walk from shop street along the river. You will see it from afar. Recommend going in, the stain glass is extraordinary.
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53 Lower Dominick Street, Galway, Ireland
I really like to eat good food. I will research, plan and save money just to have an amazing dinner halfway around the world. Such is the case with Aniar - I knew I wanted to eat here long before I hit the road this summer. This place is dining...
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17 Cross Street, Galway, Ireland
This pub has been around since 1894 and holds down a corner in the pedestrian area of Galway. Not only is it old but it houses the best selection of whiskey and scotch in Galway (or so I've been told). Whiskey novices and connoisseurs alike will...
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38-39 Shop St, Galway, H91 T2N7, Ireland
If you like to create your own picnics while travelling, and who doesn't, this place is a mecca of fine food. Carrying a host of local products and running a fine deli counter you will find everything you need to build a beautiful meal or stock up...
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14 Church Yard St, Galway, H91 X2R5, Ireland
These folks are serious about their cheese. This cheese empire started with a stall at the local food market and has been growing ever since. Their focus is on artisanal producers from around europe but with a strong focus on Irish suppliers. They...
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2 Sea Rd, Galway, Ireland
If you visit this pub you could find yourself in the middle of a traditional Irish music jam session with as many as 22 musicians. This happened on my second visit - and we went most nights just to see what was happening. Grab a pint and then head...
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7 Lombard St, Galway, H91 T2F4, Ireland
Probably the most intimate way to see traditional Irish music, storytelling and dance is to take in Tunes in Church. In Galway the concerts are held in St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church and the acoustics are amazing. The performers rotate so it's...
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38 Father Griffin Rd, Galway, Ireland
Galway is a must on any tour of Ireland and The Stop is the perfect place to rest your design loving heart. The rooms are simple and the house is filled with artwork and quirky touches. Breakfast is a highlight with a focus on locally sourced...
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9 Abbey St, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
If you find yourself in the quaint lakeside town of Loughrea in County Galway, Ireland, stop into The Hungry Bookworm for a fantastic brunch and relaxing read. The lemon curd scones are by far the sweetest and most delicious I have ever tasted....
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15 High St, Galway, Ireland
High Street in Galway's Latin Quarter is like the better behaved, older sister of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Every weekend, it's packed with a high-energy mix of college students, tourists and locals. We just so happened to visit during the...
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1 Quay St, Galway, Ireland
When in Galway there is no better way to experience love to the fullest is to find yourself in the home of the original Claddagh ring. Thomas Dillion's is a charming jewelry shop in the heart of Shop Street that offering the "World Famous"...
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10 Quay St, The Latin Quarter, Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland
On the weekends don't forget to check out the fab Farmer's & Craft Market just off of Shop Street in the heart of Galway. You can find wonderful produce, seafood, meats, dairy, bread & crafts. A charming experience.
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38 Father Griffin Rd, Galway, Ireland
There's a level of comfort to Kilcullen House in Galway that's not unlike spending a few days with your favorite relative. Carefully curated artwork of festivals and landscapes can be found throughout the house, either in the cozy living area or...
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Apartment 2, Salthill Post Office, 137 Upper Salthill, Galway, H91 RKE0, Ireland
If you're strolling through Salthill in Galway, Ireland -- don't miss out on this quaint little bakery!!
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Clifden's unique ecological natura campsite is nestled amongst the sand dunes on the Western fringe of Connemara, County Galway. Our Park offers visitors a sustainable, cluster free, 'natura camping' experience on eight hectares of coastal Machair...
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Inisheer, Co. Galway, Ireland
Inisheer is the smallest and closest of the Aran Islands, making for a perfect day trip. We took a half hour ferry from the charming town of Doolin. The best way to explore Inisheer is by bicycle. You can rent one right by the dock when you get...
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Quay St, Galway, Ireland
We stayed at the Park House hotel here for 4 nights as Galway is conveniently located to take the tour up to Connemara and down to Cliffs of Moher. Overall we really enjoyed Galway itself. Great little town with amazing food off of Quay street...
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Carrownlisheen, Co. Galway, Ireland
One of the Aran Islands, Inis Meain also known as the middle island is a wild, remote and unspoilt paradise off the West Coast of Ireland.
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7 Lombard St, Galway, H91 T2F4, Ireland
Take the opportunity to drop by the largest medieval parish church in Ireland, the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, right in Galway’s historic center. When it was finished in the 1320s, it dwarfed several Irish cathedrals. Christopher Columbus...
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Set on the waterfront next to the remnants of the city’s ancient walls beside the Spanish Arch, the absorbing Galway City Museum chronicles the region’s rich cultural and historical legacy. Exhibits span from prehistoric times to the present....
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Spanish Arch, Long Walk, Galway, H91 E9XA, Ireland
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Ard Bia at Nimmos (Gaelic for “high food”) is a lovely space in a stone building near the Spanish Arch in Galway, and one of the city’s most popular restaurants, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Inspired...
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Despite Aran knits' newfound popularity among fashionistas, Ó’Máille has been selling hand-knit Aran sweaters for decades from its shop in the center of Galway. Go here for traditionally inspired clothing, including sweaters and coats, and home...
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44 Dominick Street Lower, Galway, H91 WKV9, Ireland
While driving en route to Galway from Athlone we headed into some serious downpours. Coming from California where we have had a serious drought for some time, we welcomed the rains despite the (temporary) treacherous driving.
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Liosban Business Park, Tuam Rd, Galway City, Co. Galway, Ireland
Kennys has been Galway’s go-to place for the printed word for more than 75 years. Now installed in expansive new premises—and with a strong online presence as well—the store is a must for any bookworm. Inventory includes new, old, out-of-print and...
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Galway, Ireland
At the corner of Quay Street and Cross Street in Galway, Ireland is the best 'bill board' north of...anywhere! Easy to miss among the bustle of this busy street, the proprietor went to great lengths to, shall we say, catch the eye.
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