County Galway is one of Ireland's most enthralling places to visit. It shirks castles and historical attractions in favour of rugged coastal scenery and one of Ireland's liveliest pub scenes. Presiding over County Galway is the city of the same name. The patchwork of pubs, bookshops and art galleries lining these cobblestone streets is a magnet for bohemian types. The city's driving force is its legendary nightlife, and it's also a first-rate venue for traditional Irish music.
Hire car in County Galway makes it easy to explore the countryside. To the north west, Connemara features barren mountains, windswept grasslands and megalithic tombs. Armed with a hire car and a detailed map, you could spend days exploring the west coast, stopping off for hiking and bird-watching along the way.
Offshore of County Galway are the Aran Islands, known for limestone cliffs and a trio of millennia-old forts. Dún Aengus is particularly impressive, with its cliff-top position and imposing stone ramparts. Each of these Iron Age forts is worth visiting if you have the time.
Hospitality is top notch in County Galway. The best selection of hotels is in Galway city proper, but there are enviable options across the county. Arches Hotel in Claregalway is a cosy but well-run establishment that serves genuine Irish cuisine, while Cornerstones is the go-to lodge for outings to Connemara National Park. For those who prefer to stay plugged into the Galway's after-hours scene, Park House Hotel and Imperial Hotel are both solid venues. For honeymoon-worthy elegance, the Westwood the Radisson are top choices.
Outdoor Adventure - As Ireland is an island which offers a wealth of outdoor adventures from water sports to land sports complete with dramatic views.
Delphi Adventure Resort provides indoor and outdoor adventure activities set on a 300 acre site located in scenic Connemara, Co. Galway. The resort is nestled amongst the scenic splendours along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. Delphi Adventure Resort is complete with a 4* hotel & spa.
The 4 star Ardilaun Hotel was the first hotel in the West of Ireland to achieve Optimus Mark of Best Practice. Complete with a leisure club comprising of an 18 metre deck level swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gymnasium and an aerobics studio. Ideal choice for guests.
Galway City is gateway to the county, and getting here is easy. Trains connect from Heuston Station in Dublin in 3 hours, while buses take a bit longer. It's also possible to fly into Shannon Airport and drive to Galway by rental car.