County Galway on the west coast of Ireland is a culturally important, rather bohemian city in which you will never be at a loss for something to see or do. It is a busy city that reflects the best that Ireland has to offer as a holiday destination. If you are moving around a lot to see all of the attractions, car hire in Galway is a good option.
The local airport is Carnmore (GWY), which does have Galway car hire facilities available so you can have the freedom of using your own vehicle, but be sure to make note of the Irish rules of the road.
Galway is a wonderful city to spend time in, whether you want a relaxing break whiling away the hours in one of the many cafes and bars that can be found on its cobbled streets or if you are more active and want to make sure you see all that the region has to offer.
For those interested in culture, the Galway Art Festival takes place in July. However, if you miss that the City Museum is another option, as it is a beautiful building packed with fascinating exhibits covering the history of Galway. You could also visit Kylemore Abbey, which is a Benedictine monastery in Connemara which used to own much of the land that is now a part of the Connemara National Park. For a family outing, children and adults alike will be enthralled by the National Aquarium.
Galway is exceptional for golf lovers or for fishing in Lough Corrib or the River Corrib. On the banks of the Corrib you will also find the Spanish Arch, built in 1584 as an extension of the city walls.
A boat trip into Galway Bay will allow you to explore the beautiful Aran Islands of Inishbofun, Inisheer and Inishmor.
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