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County Galway, in the west of Ireland, is one of the most scenic corners of the country. Its landscape ranges from expansive heath and boglands to the Maumturk Mountains and sculpted peaks of the Twelve Bens range; from the tranquil shores of Lough Derg on its eastern border to Lough Corrib, the Republic's largest lake. Beyond lively Galway City, the county is home to Ireland's largest Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region, which stretches into remote fishing villages scattered along the rocky shores and jagged inlets that border the Atlantic from Galway Bay to the fjord of Killary Harbour. Connemara National Park is famous for its ponies and ...

County Galway, in the west of Ireland, is one of the most scenic corners of the country. Its landscape ranges from expansive heath and boglands to the Maumturk Mountains and sculpted peaks of the Twelve Bens range; from the tranquil shores of Lough Derg on its eastern border to Lough Corrib, the Republic's largest lake. Beyond lively Galway City, the county is home to Ireland's largest Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region, which stretches into remote fishing villages scattered along the rocky shores and jagged inlets that border the Atlantic from Galway Bay to the fjord of Killary Harbour. Connemara National Park is famous for its ponies and its views. In addition to its stunning scenery, Galway's attractions include the atmospheric ruins of 16th-century Aughnanure and Dunguaire castles, the stately mansion of Portumna Castle, the lovely grounds of Coole Park, neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey with its Victorian walled garden, and the famous Galway Races, among the most exciting events on the horse-racing circuit. Pretty villages such as Leenane, Spiddal and Roundstone are good places to discover local crafts.

Donna Dailey
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Donna Dailey is the author of Thomas Cook’s Ireland driving guide, coauthor of DK’s Back Roads Ireland and several other titles, as well as the author of Thomas Cook’s HotSpots Costa Blanca and a contributor to AA Publishing’s Key Guide Spain.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Galway is a county in Ireland located in the province of Connacht, and is named after the city of Galway.
  • Language: English, Gaelic
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring, summer, autumn, September for the Galway Oyster Festival