The best tourist attractions in County Galway

Athenry, ©phalinn/Flickr

Galway is famous for its wonderful geographical features, as the Mountain Ranges with the Twelve Bens which dominates the Connemara skyline. There you will find many islands off the coast, such as the Aran Islands which is one of the most beautiful attractions in County Galway.

It has limnetic lakes, with salmon, coarse and trout fish. in abundance. County Galway has many blue flag beaches. The most popular and largest beaches are in Connemara. In Galway you can explore the greatest castles in Ireland, some wonderfully restored, but some in ruin.

Galway Bay

At Galway Bay you can try interesting activities, as fishing, sailing, cruises and diving or simply taking a walk along the coast road and view the magnificent Galway Bay. Later you can go to an intimate club where you will listen the ‘Sun go down on Galway Bay’ song. If you are in this area, do not forget to visit the Twelve Bens.

Galway Bay, ©DamienHR/Flickr

The Aran Islands
The gorgeous Aran Islands are situated at the entrance of Galway bay. You can find day trips which are available from Galway and Clare coasts. You must visit the J.M. Synge’s cottage where stayed and took The Playboy of the Western World’s theme.

Coole Park
Coole Park takes place on the Galway Road, close to Gort where is Lady Gregory’s former home which was a founder of the Abbey Theatre. The house is beautiful and now it is a national nature reserve. Near the house is an amazing garden with a yew walk and an autograph tree which is protected. On the tree you can see the signatures of George Bernard Shaw, John Masefield and Sean O’Casey.

Coole Park, ©bestbib&tucker/Flickr

Athenry is a medieval town with Arts and Heritage Centre which is situated 23km from Galway City. You will see that it is steeped in history, therefore it is so beautiful. It was founded in the 13th century by Meiler de Birmingham and it is the only walled city in Ireland.

Athenry, ©phalinn/Flickr

Battle of Aughrim Interpretative Centre
Aughrim is situated on Dublin Road and there was the bloodiest battle in the Irish history. You can move back in time and  relive that catastrophic day in 1691. Therein an interesting audio- visual show will help you.

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