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Destination Galway

County Galway is home to Lough Corrib (the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland) the Na Beanna Beola (Twelve Bens) mountain range, Na Sleibhte Mham Toirc (the Maum Turk mountains), and the low mountains of Sliabh Echtghe (Slieve Aughty). The highest point in the county is one of the Twelve Bens, Benbaun, at 729m.

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» Aran Islands

Aran Islands, Ireland

Renowned for their stark beauty and enduring Irish traditions, the enigmatic Aran Islands have long drawn fascination from their mainland neighbors, inspiring generations of Irish artists and writers with their idealistic way of life. A visit to the Aran Islands - three small, sparsely populated isles, overlooked by the immense Cliffs of Moher - is like stepping back in time. Here, Gaelic-speaking communities populate traditional farmhouses, local ladies make a living knitting traditional Aran sweaters …

» The Burren

The Burren, Galway

One of Ireland's most unique and photogenic landscapes, stretching over 160 square km, The Burren, derived from the Gaelic word Boireann meaning 'rocky place', is one of the most visited attractions in the Shannon region. Aptly named, the karst topography is characterized by its unusual limestone formations, naturally sculpted through acidic erosion over thousands of years. The natural landscape is an otherworldly terrain …

» Cong

Cong, Galway

Set between the lakes of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, the idyllic village of Cong is known for its pretty, thatched-roof cottages and its starring role in the Oscar-winning movie, The Quiet Man, where it was upstaged only by the lead actor - John Wayne. Covering 350 acres, Ashford Castle and its grounds are also a popular visit while in Cong. The old country estate of the Guinness family, today it's one of Ireland's finest 5-star hotels that's hosted everyone from Brad Pitt to Princess Grace of Monaco …

» Connemara

Connemara, Galway

One may not truly understand the awesome power of Mother Nature's beauty until you have visited Connemara. With a countryside that will knock your socks off with the sheer beauty of the peninsula, a plethora of gorgeous flora, and remarkable landscape and coastal view, Connemara is a hiker's dream. Immerse yourself in the land by taking up on of the area's offered activities, including kayaking, gorge walking or even rock climbing. Getting outdoors is the perfect way to explore this paradise …

» Doolin

Doolin, Ireland

With allegedly more musicians per square mile in this county than anywhere in the world, it's unsurprising that this small fishing village is hailed as the capital of Irish folk music. Musical traditions still reign strong today, and those looking for an authentic taste of traditional Irish music won't have to look far in Doolin. The village's three historic pubs, Gus O'Connor's, Mcdermott's and Mcgann's, all host nightly music sessions, where you can hear Gaelic poetry set to music and admire the soulful timbre of traditional instruments …

» Dunguaire Castle

Dunguaire Castle, Galway

Celebrated as one of the most picturesque of Ireland's many castles, the majestic Dunguaire Castle is perched atop a grassy promontory off the coast off Kinvarra in Western Ireland. A four-story medieval fortress, built by the O'Hynes clan back in 1520, the castle's spectacular setting - jutting out from the bay and encircled with water - has made it one of Ireland's most photographed castles, despite having little history to boast of. In fact, the castle never saw battle …

» Galway Atlantaquaria

Galway Atlantaquaria, Galway

Designated as the National Aquarium of Ireland and the largest aquarium in the country, Galway Atlantaquaria is one of western Ireland's most popular attractions. An incredible 170 saltwater and freshwater species inhabit the aquarium's tanks, imaginatively designed to mimic their natural environments and showcasing Ireland's incredible diversity of marine ecosystems. Seahorses, stingrays, eels, lobster and even sharks are among the highlights, as well as the world's only White Skate on public display, lovingly nicknamed 'Valentine' …

» Galway Bay

Galway Bay, Galway

Off the west coast of Ireland and beside Galway City, Galway Bay is a beautiful bay that has inspired many Irish legends and songs. You may have heard it sung in Arthur Colahan's Galway Bay or John Lennon's Luck of the Irish. Yet the Atlantic coast of Ireland is a scenic, natural beauty that deserves to be seen with your own eyes. It's also a magnet of authentic Irish and Celtic culture and has been called 'the most Irish place in Ireland.' Galway Bay is known for a few things in particular, including its morning dew and unique sailing culture …

» Galway Cathedral

Galway Cathedral, Galway

A spectacular feat of Hiberno-Romanesque architecture, Galway Cathedral, or the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas, has a regal presence, perched on the banks of the River Corrib. The masterful building - the largest in the city and the last stone church to be built in Ireland - was constructed in 1965, revivifying the plot where one of the county's most notorious jails once stood. Designed by J.J. Robinson and overseen by Bishop Michael Browne, the cathedral was built with locally sourced materials and workers …

» Kylemore Abbey and Gardens

Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, Galway

Tucked in the shadows of the mighty Seven Pins Mountain range, Kylemore Abbey cuts a striking figure against its majestic backdrop. A Benedictine monastery founded in 1853, the Abbey took seven years to build and remains in use today as an all girls' school governed by Benedictine Nuns - the only Benedictine Community in Ireland - as well as opening its grounds to tourists. With its idyllic surroundings encircled by woodlands and postcard-worthy façade fronted by a glistening lake …

» Lough Corrib

Lough Corrib, Galway

Covering 69 square miles, Lough Corrib is the biggest lake in Ireland and a famous fishing spot that's well-known for its wild brown trout and salmon. Practically cutting off western Galway from the rest of the country, the lake has inspired artists and writers for centuries, and in 1867, Oscar Wilde's father, the historian William Wilde, wrote a book about Lough Corrib. Straddling counties Galway and Mayo, Lough Corrib is a Special Area of Conservation …

» Ross Errilly Friary (Ross Abbey)

Ross Errilly Friary (Ross Abbey), Galway

One of the best-preserved Franciscan friaries in the country, Ross Errilly Friary is a National Monument of Ireland that's thought to have been founded in the mid-15th century. Known as Ross Abbey to locals, inside you can explore its medieval cloisters, halls, and tombs. You'll also get to wander the medieval kitchen, the old bake house, and dining hall. Ross Errilly Friary has quite the history: Monastic life was first disrupted in 1538, when the English Reformation act declared that allegiance to the pope was treasonous …

» Roundstone Harbor

Roundstone Harbor, Galway

Imagine a village where the town soundtrack is the symphony of creaking dock lines, and every day is sweetly punctuated by the smell of salt on the breeze. A place where the docks are energized each morning by fishermen unloading their catch - which will invariably end up in a dimly lit pub as the afternoon fish and chips. Here in the town of Roundstone Harbor between the cities of Galway and Clifden, everyday life is the main attraction in this sleepy town by the coast …

» Salthill

Salthill, Galway

One of Ireland's premier seaside resorts, on the cusp of Galway Bay, Salthill has been drawing in tourists since the early 20th century and remains a hugely popular vacation spot during the summer months. Sandy beaches, surrounded by windswept rocky coastline, are the main attraction at Salthill, but its not just swimming and sunbathing that's on offer - jet skiing, boating, sail-boarding and sea angling are all popular activities; there's a dedicated high board diving area; and snorkeling and scuba diving sites abound along the coastline …

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Galway, called Gailimh in Irish Gaelic, with a population of over 70,000, is Ireland's third largest city and is a major hub for visits to West Ireland. It has long since been known as The City of the Tribes and this title could not be more appropriate these days, given the multicultural vibrancy of present-day Galway …

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County Galway is perhaps the most scenic county in the Republic of Ireland and certainly the most known for its scenery. It holds most of Ireland's highest mountains, including the highest, Carrauntouhill, its most westerly fringes and holds a special place in Irish culture. It became a popular tourist attraction in the 19th century and is still popular today, despite considerable rainfall …

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