Essential day visits

when you come to Galway!

The west of Ireland is an area of great physical beauty – from the beautiful islands and glistening beaches of the Atlantic coastline, to the dramatic mountains of County Mayo and Connemara, County Galway, and the rich landscape of Roscommon and Galway East. Read about the beautiful Connemara region.

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical view that captures the hearts of one million visitors every year and are a Signature Discovery Point in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs host one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible from Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara.

Brigit’s Garden

Brigit’s Garden takes you on a magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology, making it one of the truly outstanding places to visit in the West of Ireland. The award-winning Celtic Gardens are widely regarded as one of the most spectacular in Ireland, set within 11 acres of native woodland & wildflower meadows. In addition to the Celtic Gardens, visitors can enjoy the nature trail, an ancient ring fort (fairy fort), thatched roundhouse and crannog, and the calendar sundial, the largest in Ireland.

The Aran Islands

The Aran Islands lie just outside Galway Bay and just a few miles from the Clare coast and the Cliffs of Moher, on the West coast of Ireland. Loved by every visitor, the Aran Islands are 3 of the most unspoilt islands in the Atlantic. Each of the Islands, Inis* Oírr (Inisheer), Inis Meain (Inishmaan) and the largest Inis Mór (Inishmore) has its own individual character. All native inhabitants of these islands speak Irish. You’ll find ancient forts, churches and monuments on all 3 islands. The flora and fauna are also different on each island. *Inis = island in Irish/Gaelic

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey is home to a community of nuns of the Benedictine Order who came here in 1920 after their Abbey in Ypres, Belgium, was destroyed in World War I. Settling at Kylemore, the Benedictine Community opened a globally renowned boarding school for girls and began restoring the Abbey, Gothic Church and Victorian Walled Garden to their former glory. Kylemore Abbey and its Victorian Walled Garden invites visitors to discover the magic, beauty and peacefulness of Kylemore Abbey and its surroundings. Visit Kylemore Abbey and discover what makes it the number one must-see attraction in Connemara and the West of Ireland.

Dunguaire Castle

Dunguaire Castle is probably the most famous landmark that is associated with Kinvara. The castle was built in 1520 by the O’Hynes clan (family) on the picturesque shores of Galway Bay. This restored 16th century tower house sits on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Galway Bay, 300 yards outside the village of Kinvara.

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