Best Day Trips From Galway City

The vibrant city of Galway never fails to offer a fun-filled breakaway. There is so much to do that it’s easy to forget there is a whole county to explore outside the city of Tribes. With Maldron Hotel Sandy Road as the ideal base for a city trip and expeditions further afield, here is our list of the best day trips from Galway city for when you have more time to soak up this West of Ireland wonder.


This picturesque coastal town is the main town of Connemara. Full of activities to suit all ages, Clifden is the ideal destination for couples, friends or families to get out in the fresh air and explore the breathtaking scenery. We’d recommend starting the day off early to make the most of it, as it’s not just about the destination on this trip, but you can soak up the stunning views of the Connemara mountains all the way here. So fuel up on a delicious Vitality breakfast, and spend the day biking, hill walking, paddleboarding or even enjoying a horse ride through the Connemara landscape. Maldron Hotel Sandy Road is a 75-minute drive from Clifden.

Friends admiring the view in Clifden, Galway
Sky Road , Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway.


One of the small islands off the Galway coast, Inishbofin is home to some of the most stunning beaches and coastlines of Ireland. Perfect for a day trip, you can escape the noise, sit back, relax and take in the views as you approach this stunning island on the 30-minute boat trip from Cleggan. Enjoy breath-taking walks or rent a bike to explore the island before taking a dip in the clear blue water along the award-winning beaches. Cleggan is a 90-minute drive from Maldron Hotel Sandy Road.

Connemara National Park

There is nothing like the wilds of the Connemara mountains for a perfect day escape. With over 50 mountains packed in four different mountain ranges, the national park has some of the more beautiful views in Ireland. The visitor centre itself offers stunning views of Diamond Hill but if you want to enjoy the scenery up close, there is a range of walking trails from 15 to 90 minutes. Connemara visitor centre is a 90-minute drive from Maldron Hotel Sandy Road.

Killary Fjord

Discover Ireland’s only true fjord at Killary Harbour. Located right on the border of Galway and Mayo, take in the views of the dramatic mountains rising from the water’s edge. Enjoy a relaxing boat trip for an uninterrupted view of the landscape. What’s more, explore the little town of Leenane, famously featured in the classic film ‘The Field’, and enjoy some fresh local seafood. Killary Fjord is an 80-minute drive from Maldron Hotel Sandy Road.

Cliff Diving at Killary Fjord

Maldron Hotel Sandy Road

Make the most of a Galway break away at Maldron Hotel Sandy Road. Ideally located so you can enjoy the best of both worlds, with a short walk into Galway city centre or after a hearty breakfast, you can easily head straight for the (Connemara) hills to explore more of the breathtaking Wild Atlantic Way! What’s more, after a long day of sightseeing you can look forward to a great night’s sleep in the comfort and quiet of our spacious rooms.

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