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Connemara near Maldron Hotel Sandy Road, Galway

Places to Visit

Galway is home to some of the most beautiful sites that Ireland has to offer. There are a wide range of places to visit, each telling their own unique story. Discover hills, lakes and mountains galore hidden in the depths of County Galway. Find out what there is to do in Galway.


West Galway is home to Connemara where it features heathered hills, scenic lakes and mountains, raised bogs and walking trails. If you are doing a day trip of Connemara there is lots to do.

Connemara National Park

This beautiful national park shelters Connemara Ponies and has prehistoric megalithic tombs. Connemara has some of the most beautiful beaches along the western coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way. These beaches include Omey, in Claddaghduff, Dogs Bay, in Roundstone, Coral Strand, in Ballyconneely, Eyrephort, in Clifden and Glassilaun, in Renvyle. Clifden is unofficially the capital of Connemara with many things to do including Sky Road, hill walking, Cleggan loop and Kylemore Abbey. The Twelve Bens or Twelve Pins are a mountain range in Roundstone with its highest peak being Benbaun, many people tempt to peak each of the 12 peaks in a day.

While West Galway has coastlines and mountains, eastern Galway features rolling farmland plains. It is also home to culture and heritage places to visit with Dartfield Horse Museum in Loughrea, Portumna Castle in Portumna, Athenry Heritage Centre and Athenry Castle in Athenry.

Galway City

Galway City area has a lot to offer when you come to visit. Visit one of Irelands biggest and busiest beaches in Salthill and enjoy a walk along the Prom. Galway is steeped in history with attractions to visit such as Lynch’s memorial, Lynch’s Castle, medieval city walls in Eyre Square shopping centre and Galway’s famous Spanish Arch ( link )

Day Trips

If you are going for a day trip away from County Galway, The Burren and Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are two places that should be ticked off everyone’s bucket list of places to visit in Ireland. The Burren National Park is mostly made of rock and is very fertile with floral species and rich herbs.