Galway | Ireland : A Quick Guide to Planning Your Adventure

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The rental car, which we nicknamed “Little Bug.” I highly recommend renting the smallest car possible.

Don’t miss it

Take an organized tour or rent a car to visit the Cliffs of Moher. The ride from Galway to the cliffs is one of the prettiest drives I’ve ever taken. While it’s extremely scenic, it’s also slightly terrifying! Many of the roads are very narrow, so if driving yourself, be sure to rent the smallest car possible. You got this — just be careful!

There really are no words to describe the natural beauty of the Cliffs of Moher. If you are traveling to Ireland, do not miss this!

Pretty cool

Wander through Galway’s Latin Quarter in the evening, popping in and out of pubs and listening to the live Irish music. It really doesn’t get much better!

Be sure to also take a tips-based walking tour on your first day in town. That way, you learn and appreciate the city’s history [and you can figure out why there are John F. Kennedy photos everywhere].

Must try food/drink

Irish stew, black pudding and lots of Guinness. Why not?!

For a hearty meal, head to the Pie Maker. It’s a tiny restaurant in the Latin Quarter, so you likely experience a wait. I still drool thinking about the lamb stew-like pie. Not in the mood to wait, head to The King’s Head. The Irish pudding is exceptional!

Ready for a Guinness? Head to Quays for live music. Pop in O’Connell’s Bar [located in Eyre Square] for a beer or cocktail, as well. It’s one of the oldest bars in Galway.

Party mood? The Front Door has strong cocktails and a club-like atmosphere.

Here’s a hint

Although some of the roads to the Cliffs of Moher are narrow, I still highly recommend renting a car and driving from Galway. This journey is part of the scenic  “Wild Atlantic Way.” Pick up a bus tour brochure and follow the route. You will see cliffs, greenery and rocking terrain on your left and the Atlantic Ocean on your right. The drive is an unforgettable experience, and you can stop in many cute towns [and visit old castles] along the way!  The town of Doolin is worth a stop. This charming little town has a few cafes and boutiques.

Wish I had more time for

A visit to Northern Ireland, specifically Belfast.

Accommodation

Three nights in the Sleepzone hostel. Galway is a very walkable town, and this hostel is right in the center of everything. The staff was also very helpful, and although the dorms were small, everything was extremely clean. I’d definitely stay there again!

Next stop

A quick Aer Lingus flight from the Shannon Airport to the London Heathrow Airport.

Follow the adventure to London, England.

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[ The Cliffs of Moher – County Clare, Ireland ]
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[ The Cliffs of Moher – County Clare, Ireland ]
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[ The Cliffs of Moher – County Clare, Ireland ]
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[ Dunguaire Castle – Galway Bay, Ireland ]

Do you have other suggestions for Galway? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Looking for more small towns to visit in Europe? Check out my five favorite small towns.

Next Up: Follow the adventure to London, England.

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Planning a trip to Galway, Ireland? Start here.
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