I’d never been to Galway until we bought our current camper in Kinvarra a couple of years ago. The van has been lovingly restored & nicknamed Galway girl. We’ve been back to Galway 3 times since!
Galway is European City of Culture 2020 & has been ranked by Lonely Planet as one of the top cities to visit in 2020. This friendly, cobbled city is the centre of attention!
One regret is that we visited the city in October & Mr C is not prepared to drive West again so soon to see the Christmas Markets in Eyre Square. They look awesome- maybe next year?
Walk through cobbled streets & top quality buskers to Spanish Arch
Discover Charlie Byrne’s bookstore nestled in the centre. It was recently voted Ireland’s favourite independent bookstore & after a visit you’ll understand why! I especially loved the childrens’ section with classics like The Children of Lir & new books like The President’s Glasses!
Buy some artisan Hazel Mountain Chocolate in their shop in Middle Street
I’m always amazed at the speed of the Corrib River hurtling toward Galway Bay.Walk along the river to Galway cathedral (also a good place to park)
Walk across Claddagh Lock to Salthill Promenade. Visit the Famine Memorial & walk along the Mutton Island Causeway to Blackrock Diving Tower. I walked around the Circle of Life garden to commemorate organ donors -right beside the Salthill Hotel.
Have a meal at McSwiggans
We stayed over at Galway Marina, Dock Street for 4€. Just a 10 min walk to centre-but there’s no electric or WCs on site. Use the toilets in Eyre Square, where you can also enjoy breakfast at Cafe Nero.
Follow the zig-zag signs of the Wild Atlantic Way to the ‘savage beauty‘ of Connemara. Smell the turf as you drive by thatched cottages, stonewalls, sheep, donkeys & Connemara ponies!
When we head toward Galway again I’d love to stopover at Portumna Marina where the Shannon flows into Lough Derg. There’s a castle & a Forest too.
☘️Keep on exploring!
coinnigh ort ag iniúchadh☘️