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Revision as of 17:08, 23 November 2009

County Galway is on the west coast of Ireland, in the historical province of Connacht, almost directly across the island from Dublin. It is home to fantastic scenery and the largest Gaeltacht in the country.

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Regions

  • Connemara is covered in green mountains. When low-lying cloud rolls in, which is most of the time, the region looks like something right out of a fairy tale.

Cities

Other destinations

Understand

The Gaelic name for this county, Gaillimh, derives from Gaill, the Gaelic word for oustiders or foreigners. It is ironic, then, that this county is now home to the largest gaeltacht, where the language and culture of Ireland still survives.

The landscape in County Galway [1] is varied. The interior is largely flat, while the Connemara, in the northwest is a region of ancient glacier scared mountains, blanket bog peatlands and rugged coastlines. The Aran Islands and the south are rocky and barren places, containing numerous stone age forts, including Dun Aenghus (one of the best examples of its kind in Europe), beautiful in its isolation. To top it off, there is also the urban landscape of Galway City, the west coast's largest city.

Talk

Both English and Irish Gaelic are widely spoken in County Galway. As with the rest of Ireland, most Gaelic speakers are found in smaller and more isolated villages, while the cities are dominantly English speaking.

Get in

Frequent buses [2] and trains [3] arrive from Dublin into Galway City. Local buses [4] into smaller communities in County Galway [5] also arrive from neighbouring counties.

Get around

  • Bus Éireann [6] is the main public transportation operator between smaller towns. Their network radiates outward from Galway City
  • GalwayTransport.info [7] has listings and timetables links for both Bus Éireann and various private bus companies operating from/through Galway city to the smaller towns.


By car hire

Car hire is available from several agencies in the city and at the airport.

  • Avis
  • Budget Car Rental Ireland [10] - Locations at both Galway Airport and Eyre Sq in Galway City Center
  • Hertz
  • Alamo / National
  • Dan Dooley
  • Enterprise Rent a Car

Several local car dealers operate car-rentals. These include:

  • Windsor Motors - located at Ballybrit
  • Arch Motors - located at Westside

See

Do

  • Hike through the Twelve Bens in Connemara.
  • Bike around the Sky Road near Clifden.
  • Take a walking tour of Historic medieval Galway with Galway Tours [11]

Eat

Drink

Taaffes Bar on Shop St. in the centre of Galway City. Traditional Irish music every night. Monroe's Tavern on Lower Dominic St. in Galway City. An Pucan ; located in Forster St. beside the train and bus stations.

Sleep

Self Catering

  • Arus Grattan Self Catering - Salthill, Galway. These Irish Tourist Board Approved 4 star two bedroom apartments are architecturally designed to meet the highest standards.

Bed and Breakfast

  • Deerpark Bed and Breakfast [12] - Family run bed and breakfast accommodation in the town of Portumna.

Stay safe

Get out

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