Galway City’s surrounding area is a visually stunning locale that has many attractions and things to do while visiting Galway City. These day trips include visiting historical sites, walking trails, and the stunning Aran Islands.
Connemara, the outlying countryside of Galway, is of particular interest to tourists as it is one of the few remaining strongholds of the Irish language, whether you’re in the pub or a shop you’re sure to hear the native tongue being used amongst local villagers. The landscape in Connemara provides some of the best views in the entire country, this unsullied lands is famous for its sprawling plains, plentiful lakes, and towering rocky mountains. Any trips to this part of Ireland are highly recommended as between the unspoilt land and indigenous locals it gives visitors a real sense of rural Ireland and times gone by.
The Aran Islands are a must see for visitors looking for breath taking scenery. This set of three islands, situated off Galway Bay, are home to some incredible historical and religious sites. Inishmore, the largest of the three, is home to an incredible defensive fortification dating back over 3,000 years. The structure sits atop a Cliffside which towers 200 metres above sea level which provides incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, Galway’s coastline, and on a clear day the Cliffs of Moher.
The Burren, located south of Galway under an hour’s drive away, is a must see for nature lovers. The karst landscape is home to three quarters of Ireland’s flora and various fauna. The Burren National Park provides examples of various habitats that are sure to interest all that pay a visit.
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