Planning a trip to Galway? First things first, you’ll need a good Galway map to familiarise yourself with the surroundings, the many tourist attractions, shopping areas, city nightlife venues, villages and towns, mountains and lakes and the wonderful landscape of County Galway. Read on for more…
The following link will provide you with a very good Galway map. To zoom in on a particular area just double click on the map or choose from the location options listed below the map.
County Galway is the second largest county in Ireland and is the gateway to Ireland West. It’s a county with amazing natural beauty and one of the country’s top holiday destinations with its rugged landscapes, glistening coastline, medieval city and an abundance of tourist attractions. What better way to explore the West of Ireland than by car? You can book cheap Galway car hire online today and see for yourself what Galway has to offer.
Galway city is compact enough and easy to get around on foot. At the heart of Galway city is Eyre Square, an inner-city public park with the main shopping streets of Shop Street and William Street adjoining.
Attractions in the city include Spanish Arch, a set of arches built in 1584 where Lough Corrib meets the sea, and the Galway Crystal Heritage Centre. The Spanish Arch is a prominent feature in Galway city and stands in peaceful surrounds with a beautiful promenade called ‘The Long Walk’ running along its side.
Galway city is nicknamed ‘The Cultural Heart of Ireland’, this is certainly true to its name as it hosts various festivals, events and celebrations throughout the year including the Galway International Oyster Festival, Galway Arts Festival, Galway Races, Galway Jazz Festival and the Galway Film Fleadh to name a few!
Another name given to Galway city is the ”City of Tribes”. It really is a wonderful, colourful and vibrant city that is known and loved the world over. With its cobbled streets, historic buildings blended with modern architecture, street entertainment, colourful craft shops, high street fashion stores, gourmet restaurants, cosy traditional Irish pubs, and not forgetting the friendly people, it’s no wonder it’s one of Ireland’s most popular city break destinations.
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Located just 3km west from Galway is the popular seaside resort of Salthill with it’s ‘golden mile’ of promenade boasting uninterrupted views of Galway Bay. Here you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and breath in the fresh Atlantic breeze, stretch out on its golden beach or take a dip in its cool blue waters.
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Extending north westwards from Galway city is one of Ireland’s most breathtaking regions, namely Connemara. The River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river, lies to the east of Galway city and the rolling hills of County Clare are located south of the city, separated by Galway Bay.
The Aran Islands are located about 48km from the mouth of Galway Bay. You can take a boat trip to the islands and catch a glimpse of what life used to be like in times past. Irish is the every day language spoken by many people on the islands.
County Galway is divided in two by the largest lake in Ireland, Lough Corrib. Lough Corrib is known as the jewel in Galway’s Crown and is a place of peace and tranquillity. You can organise a boat trip on the lake, and for those interested in fishing, Lough Corrib is an angler’s paradise and well stocked with fish.
To the east of Lough Corrib you’ll find beautiful rolling green hills and lush green pastures and to the west of Lough Corrib, the rugged unspoilt terrain of Connemara.
Wherever you travel in Galway you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to quality accommodation. Take a look at our Galway hotels page.