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Whether you are searching for a city buzz or you want to get away from it all in secluded scenic splendour, Galway is the place for you. The city is a vibrant hub running on cultural energy and bohemian bliss, whereas the wilds of Connemara have been fascinating painters and poets alike for centuries. City, country, or coast - you’ve got it all in Galway.
Galway Bay is a magnificent stretch of coastline that has been justly celebrated in song for centuries. Drive the coast road from Galway to Spiddal for magnificent views and continue west as far as the Twelve Bens mountain range. If you're feeling active, you can enjoy anything from diving and sailing to the more tranquil pursuits of fishing and island cruises.
Salthill is a coastal suburb of Galway city that features Ireland's longest promenade. Enjoy a golden half mile of lively pubs, clubs, and restaurants, or watch the sun setting over Galway Bay. The Leisureland complex is a premier centre for swimming and amusements, and sea lovers can indulge in swimming, snorkelling, and sail-boarding.
Chiseled by the brutal Atlantic Ocean, the rocky Aran Islands are distinguished by such fiercely cherished traditions as pony traps, hand-knitted Aran jumpers, and ancient tales and myths. Archaeological treasures on the islands include the awe-inspiring cliff-top ring fort at Dun Aengus. Unspoiled by the intrusions of modern progress, the Aran Islands give you a taste of true Irish culture.
The coastal road west of Spiddal (R336) interlinks a chain of magical villages such as Roundstone and Lennane, encircling a wild interior of lonely bogs, atmospheric valleys, and gleaming lakes, with the Maumturk Mountains and Twelve Bens at its heart. One of the most significant Irish-speaking regions of the country, Connemara is also a haven for Irish culture.
Anybody who thinks that Irish people don't speak their native language anymore should come to Galway, home to the highest concentration of gaeilgeoiri in the country. This embrace of genuine Irish culture extends beyond the language and the music to the only all-Irish theatre in the country - An Taibhdhearc. Try to catch a production here if you can, and, if you want to brush up on your own Irish skills beforehand you can spend time in the Connemara Gaeltacht.
Dunguaire Castle is a restored 16th-century tower house perched on a rocky outcrop in Kinvara overlooking Galway bay. Built in 1520 by the O'Hynes, it opens daily for visitors and runs medieval banquets from April to September, featuring music and recitation.
The Galway hooker is a traditional fishing vessel used in Galway Bay easily identified by its dark red sails and sharp clean lines. The hooker was developed to cope with the strong seas off the west coast, and recent years have seen an enthusiastic revival. The annual Cruinniú na mBád festival sees hookers racing across Galway Bay from Connemara to Kinvara.
About an hour's drive from Galway city, Portumna is home to an imposing fortified mansion built around 1618 by Richard Burke, 4th Earl of Clanricarde. You can visit the castle, where you will find exhibitions staged both within the main building and in the Gate House.
Not far from Gort, on the Galway Road, lies the former home of Lady Gregory, a founder of the Abbey Theatre and great friend of W. B. Yeats. The house has been demolished, but the estate has been maintained as a nature reserve. Don't miss the "autograph tree", which is engraved with the signatures of literary luminaries including John Masefield, George Bernard Shaw and Sean O'Casey.
Nobel laureate W.B. Yeats bought the Norman tower house Thoor Ballylee in Gort as a summer home in 1916. Located by a pretty trout stream, this fine example of a medieval tower was opened to the public in 1965, and now features an audio visual exhibition and push-button audio narratives. The tower is open from Easter to October.
0.9km from Galway City
Within walking distance of Galway City and Salthill, each of these 3-star apartments has three bedrooms and can accommodate five people with ease. The kitchen area is bright and spacious and includes such facilities as a microwave, tumble dryer, and washing machine.
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0.3km from Salthill
Stay at a 4-star, 2-bedroom self catering apartment in the heart of Salthill in Galway, less than 5 minutes' drive or 10 minutes' walk from Galway City Centre. Each apartment offers the finest accommodation, with comfortable furnishings and modern appliances, including direct-dial phone, broadband Internet access, hair dryer, cable TV, video/CD player, fully fitted kitchen with washer/dryer and cooking facilities. The self catering properties are also electrically heated throughout.
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0.1km from Salthill
This luxury 2-bedroom self catering apartment is situated in Salthill, with panoramic views of Galway Bay from the living room.
Fully equipped with all mod cons, it makes the ideal base for anyone wishing to take a break in the west of Ireland.
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4.5km from Galway City
These charming self catering apartments are located very close to Galway City, in the scenic area of Ballybrit. Each of the 19 apartments contains two bedrooms, one of which is en-suite. The complex is GMIT-approved campus accommodation. All self catering properties are well equipped with every modern convenience. A balcony or patio allows you to enjoy the sights and sounds of this unique place. With the attraction of Galway City nearby, these properties are ideal for families, and there is ample parking.
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1.3km from Galway City
These superb 3-star self catering properties are located in the Headford Road, just 10 minutes' walk from Galway City. Each self catering apartment and townhouse has four comfortable bedrooms. Bed linen and towels are supplied free. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the beautiful dining area. Take a stroll in the pleasant landscaped surroundings. If you would like to capture some of Galway's countryside, take a journey to Connemara. Fall in love with the beauty that is the Aran Islands. To take advantage of the clear blue surf, look no further than the nearby suburb of Salthill.
5.2km from Galway City
Enjoy the convenience of a three-bedroom apartment in a private apartment complex on the western outskirts of Galway City. They provide the perfect location, whether you want to enjoy the summer festivals in Galway city or escape to the majestic scenery of Connemara and the Aran islands.
1.3km from Salthill
This wonderful self catering apartment complex is located in upper Salthill, overlooking Grattan strand in Galway city. Perfectly situated on the seafront, the self catering properties make an ideal, family-friendly escape, where you can allow the fresh sea air to blow away the worries and stresses of everyday life.
This pretty 3-star holiday rental is within walking distance of vibrant Galway City and the seaside town of Salthill in County Galway. The two-bedroom property has a kitchen with all modern conveniences, an inviting dining area, and a relaxing sitting room. A cot can be provided.
0.7km from Galway City
Enjoy the convenience of delightful self catering accommodation in the centre of Galway City, only a few minutes walk from bustling Quay Street and Shop Street.This new development of two-bedroom self catering apartments is ideally located, with secure underground parking available to guests.
0.2km from Salthill
Situated in the heart of Salthill, this newly-built apartment complex offers guests luxurious accommodation, views over Galway Bay, and the convenience of lively restaurants and pubs right on your doorstep.
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