Places of Interest

Aran Islands

“Here, on the very edge of Europe, is an Island rich in the language, culture and heritage of Ireland, unique in its geology and archaeology and in its long tradition of gentle hospitality. Here is a place to sense the spirit of Gaelic Ireland, to touch the past, but with all the comforts and facilities of the present. Aran will take you back to an Ireland of Celts and Early Christians. This is an island of great peace and tranquility, but it is also an island of great fun and activity.

“A timeless land in an endless sea, weathered monuments on awesome cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people, this is Aran in Galway bay on the west coast of Ireland…”

» Aran Islands Website

Ballyvaughan

“Ballyvaughan in County Clare is a fishing and farming village on the west coast of Ireland. It is situated in one of the most idyllic places in Ireland, nestled between the hills of the Burren (or mountains, as we call them) and the sea, on the southern shore of Galway Bay.

“It is the ideal place for almost everybody: those who look for peace and tranquility in their holidays or long weekends, those who look for traditional music and old pubs, for the archaeologists, botanists, and fishermen. Families will enjoy the safety of our beach in Bishopsquarter, surfers will love the waves in Fanore. Hillwalking and cycling are among the most popular pastimes among locals and tourists alike.”

» Official website of Ballyvaughan

Kinvara

“Kinvara is a picturesque fishing village, located on the South Shores of the famous “Galway Bay”. The Irish name for Kinvara is ’Chinn Mhara’ which translates as ’the head of the sea’, and that is exactly where Kinvara is located – at the head of Kinvara Bay.”

» Kinvara – Galway County Guide

Black Head & Cliffs of Moher

“The Cliffs of Moher stretch for 8km & rise up to 214 metres above the Atlantic Ocean.”

The cliffs are stunning, and are the highest in Europe; well worth a visit, whether you’re viewing them from the top or, with Charter Ireland, from the bottom!

» Cliffs of Moher Website

Roundstone

“The village of Roundstone lies on the western arm of Bertraghboy bay in Connemara, Co. Galway, 48 miles (77km) north-west of Galway city. The village is beautifully set on one of the most spectacular coastal drives in Europe overlooking the Atlantic at the foot of Errisbeg Mountain.”

NB: From Galway the village is also the destination of one of the most spectacular coastal cruises in Europe. The town isn’t too bad either!

» Roundstone Website

Clifden

“Clifden is the perfect base to explore Connemara’s rich landscape and heritage. Choosing Clifden as your base whilst vacationing in the West of Ireland puts you right in the centre of all the action, so it’s only natural therefore that any stay in the area should be centered in Clifden.”

» Clifden Chamber of Commerce Website

Galway Events

Galway Arts Festival

The Galway Arts Festival “collaborates with artists and companies throughout the world to produce and present an international programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature & comedy involving hundreds of artists and performers. Over its 30-year history the Festival has become a vital showcase for Irish arts internationally and international arts in Ireland and is now firmly established as Ireland’s leading arts festival.”

Galway Arts Festival Website »
Galway Races Summer Meeting

“Situated on the outskirts of Galway city, in the West of Ireland, the Galway Race Festivals are world renowned. Veteran race goers, and indeed those who simply love the atmosphere, travel from around the world for the unique experience that is, the Galway Races”

Galway Races Website »
Roundstone Summerfest

“Roundstone Summerfest is a festival of music, fun, laughter, activities and games for the young and the young-at-heart, which also doubles as a four day charity fundraiser for The Irish Lifeboats Service (RNLI).”

Roundstone Summerfest Website »
Clarenbridge Oyster Festival

“No where else on this vast planet can match the perfect conditions that exist in Clarenbridge for growing and harvesting Oysters – a sheltered bay, a perfect ratio of fresh and salt water and added to this the skill and knowledge of a community who are immersed in Oyster harvesting since Roman times.”

Clarenbridge Oyster Festival Website »
Clifden Arts Week

31st annual Clifden Arts Week festival is organised by the Clifden Arts Society, which is committed to bringing a wide range of the very best music to the community and endeavours to provide something to suit all tastes.”

» Clifden Arts Week Website

Galway International Oyster Festival

The 54th Galway International Oyster Festival: “Enjoy four days and nights at the world renowned Galway International Oyster Festival. For the best in gourmet seafood, live music and the best Guinness in town, it has to be the Galway Oyster Festival.”

» Galway International Oyster Festival Website