Drives that are under 1 hours from Galway


Cong is a village that is on the boarder of County Galway and County Mayo, it is the home of luxury hotel Ashford Castle. Built in 1228, Ashford Castle is a tourist attraction in itself and has hosted weddings to the rich and famous including Pierce Brosnan and Rory Mc Illroy. Cong was the filming location of the famous Oscar winning John Ford film “The Quiet Man” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’ Hara. The picturesque village has been unchanged with its cute little shop fronts, traditional Irish pubs, ruins of an old castle. Many fishermen come to visit the Cong river that flows through it the village for its Salmon. Many tourists visit Cong to see the famous scenes of The Quiet man, the cottage from the film and the statue of the famous characters Sean Thornton and Mary Kate Danaher. Cong is a beautiful village to visit and is a 40- minute drive from Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway and can be accessed to from the N84.


Spiddal is a Gaeltacht village on Galway Bay. Spiddal has a broad range of shops, restaurants, pubs and craft shops in the village. During the summer, you can catch a trad session in many of the local pubs and hear the sound of Irish music playing before you walk in the door. Ros na Rún is a long running Irish language soap that is broadcasted on TG 4 and filmed in Spiddal. The set of Ros na Rún is located on the left as you drive into Spiddal from Galway City. You can see the shop fronts, pub fronts and house fronts of the set. Spiddal village looks across Galway Bay where you can catch a beautiful sunset during the summer. Escape from Galway city and enjoy the 30-minute drive on the R336 road.

Dunguaire Castle

Dunguaire Castle is a 16th century built tower house located in Kinvara on the south-eastern shore of Galway Bay. The castle was used in the 1969 Walt Disney film Guns in the Heather but was known as Boyne Castle and was also featured in 1979 in North Sea Hijack. It was built by the Ó hEidhin clan. The castle features a 75-foot tower and a defensive wall that was used to keep out and prevent attack on the castle and its grounds. The tower and wall have been restored in recent years. The name of the castle derives from Dun of King Guaire who was the legendary King of Connaught. Dunguaire Castle is a 30- minute drive from Maldron Hotel Sandy Road and can be accessed on the N16 onto the N18 and N67.

Lough Corrib

If you have a keen interest in fishing or angling and want to do some on your trip away, Lough Corrib is the perfect place for you to visit. It is the 2nd largest island on the island of Ireland and was the place of the first canal built in Ireland in the 12th century. Oscar Wilde’s father William wrote a book about the boasts that pass Lough Corrib called Friar’s Cut into the sea. Wildlife that live at Lough Corrib include hawks, birds, frogs, bats and otters. Most of the lake is in County Galway with a corner north east of the lake in County Mayo. Lough Corrib is believed to have 365 islands, one for each day of the year. Lough Corrib is beautifully set with its woodland, mountain and greenery surroundings and peaceful atmosphere. Lough Corrib is a 45- minute drive from Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway and can be accessed on the N59 from Galway towards Moycullen.

Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway is the perfect place to base your stay if you are looking for a little bit of adventure during your visit. The hotel is a prime location for a speedy access to all points of roads to and from Galway. After your busy day relax and enjoy a 3 course meal in the Olive Tree Bistro or a quiet pint in the Point Bar.

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  • Location & Parking

    What are the hotels Eircode / Post Code?

    The Eircode is H91 ET6N.

    What are the hotels Sat Nav co-ordinates?

    Latitude 53.2860258 / Longitude -9.045065900000054

    What’s the best way to get to the hotel from the airport?

    Dublin airport – Galway: There are buses running from 5 am until 12:30 am each day with gobus, citylink and bus Eireann. You can also get a taxi to Heuston station if you wish to take the train from 7:35 am to 7:35 pm.

    Shannon airport – Galway: Bus Eireann runs a bus from 7:10 am until 10 pm every day.

    Knock airport – Galway: Bus Eireann runs a bus from 8:55 am until 8 pm every day.

    The train and bus station are located just a 15-minute walk from us here with a taxi costing between 6 – 9 euro.

    Does a public bus service pass by Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway?

    Yes, the 407 bus runs every 30 minutes. If you are coming from the hotel and you are going into town, the 407 bus stop is on the Headford Road beside Terryland Shopping Centre (Dunnes Stores) and it takes you to Eyre Square stop 2. If you are coming from town and you are going to the hotel, the 407 is at stop 2 on Eyre Square you get off at the bus stop on the Headford Road across from Terryland Shopping Centre (Dunnes Stores).

    How far away is the hotel from the City Centre?

    The hotel is located just a 15/20-minute walk to the city centre. There are taxis available at the touch of a button that cost between 6-9 euro and there is also a bus stop located just outside the hotel with all bus times available at reception.

    Do you have underground parking?

    Yes, we have complimentary underground parking available to all our guests.

    Do you have to pay for parking at Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway?

    No, Maldron Hotel Sandy Road offers complimentary parking for guests and visitors.

  • Hotel Services

    What time is check-in?

    Check-in is 3 pm.

    What time is check-out?

    Check-out is at 12 pm.

    Can I book a babysitter?

    Yes, once you pre-book, we can organise a babysitter.

  • Rooms

    Is the hotel a non-smoking hotel?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Sandy Road is a fully non-smoking hotel.

    Is the hotel wheelchair accessible?

    Yes, the hotel is fully wheelchair accessible. There are lifts from the car park up to reception and all the floors. We also have 13 ground floor rooms. 61 of our rooms have walk-in showers and we also have 8 fully accessible rooms with wet rooms.

    Is the hotel pet-friendly?

    No, the only animals allowed within the hotel are service dogs.

    Does Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway provide travel cots?

    Yes, at the time of booking please note it in the comments or give us a call +353 (0)91 513 200 to reserve one.

    Is there anywhere to buy an adapter?

    We have adapters available in our vending machines.

  • Booking

    How do I amend my booking?

    If you have booked your reservation directly with us over the phone or through our website, amendments can be made over the phone. Give us a call at +353 (0)91 513 200.

    How do I cancel a booking?

    If you have booked the reservation directly with the hotel over the phone or online, you have up until 2pm the day before your arrival to cancel. Cancel your online reservation or call +353 (0)91 513 200 to speak to our reservations team.

    How can I upgrade my stay?

    Upgrade your stay to an Executive Room for €40 or a Superior King Room for €20 on your check-in or with our reservations team directly.

    What payment options are available at Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway?

    We accept all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard and American Express. We also accept Debit/ Laser cards. Payment can also be made by cash (the receptionist will require photographic proof of identification) and by One For All vouchers and vouchers that have been purchased through our hotel or online.

    Can I claim back on the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme?

    Our hotel is registered for the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme. If you stay with us between 1st October 2020 and 30th April 2021 you can claim up to €125 under this scheme, please see for details.

  • Facilities

    Are there spa facilities onsite?

    No, unfortunately, we no longer have spa facilities on site.

    Is there a gym?

    Yes, we have a well equipped fitness suite which all guests have complimentary access to.

    Does your hotel have a pool?

    No, we do not have a pool on site.

    Is the hotel accessible?

    Yes, we are proud to be verified as offering superb levels of accessibility throughout our hotel. Please click the button below for full details or contact us if you would like any additional information.

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