I couldn’t leave you all hanging after my first Ireland blog post, and I’m slightly biased in the fact that some of these photos are my most favorite photos I’ve ever taken. I hope when you see these, you feel like you got to take a trip across the Ocean and experience everything that I did all week! Here’s a little recap of my weekly adventures around the Galway region.
Monday: A trip around the Burren region, for a stop at a pub in Doolin, and then to our destination of the Cliffs of Moher. Thankful to the Galway Tour Company, for around 27 Euros (if you booked two tours, 30 euros for one tour.) I never had to worry about driving and navigating around this region, and we got to take plenty of stops for photos! It did feel pretty “touristy” and I was alongside around 50 other people while touring these places, but since driving was not in the cards for me here, this was the perfect way to go if you are visiting the Galway region. I would have loved to stop at a couple random places on the side of the road, but it’s not that easy when you are on a tour bus 😉 The Cliffs were incredible you guys. Probably one of the most magical places I’ve ever been. We spent about an hour and a half there and I would say that is more than enough time to walk along the whole coast. It wasn’t overly windy either and did not rain so we were really lucky! Here’s the link for the tickets in case you want to book this 🙂
Tuesday: I again took the Galway Tour Company bus tour up to the Connemara Valley, with the first stop at Ross Errily Friary- a hidden but atmospheric 14th century monastery before entering Cong Village. They filmed the the 1950s classic movie, ‘The Quiet Man’- and I grabbed a coffee at a cute cafe at the edge of Lough Corrib- the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland. From there into Connemara we embarked on the views of the Killary Fiord ! I was so in awe of all the random sheep roaming the Irish country side, and I even got to feed some Connemara ponies on the side of the road! From there we stopped at our destination of Kylemore Abbey. You’ll notice in my photos there is some major scaffolding on the front of the abbey, turns out every 4 years they need to wash the outside and since it is not prime tourist season, it just happened to have been going on the time I decided to pay a visit. I have to say I was pretty bummed at that, because of how beautiful I have seen the abbey in photos, but I did get to get some really pretty photos anyways despite the ugly scaffolding. 🙂 (be prepared to pay a little admission fee in order to go and explore the abbey, but I totally enjoyed exploring the grounds, and I had the BEST apple pie for lunch there.)
Wednesday: Since this was my last day in Galway, I wanted to do a little more exploration while the shops were open. The weather was super cold that day, and it started to rain and was super windy, but I was still able to do some fun shopping and explore the Galway harbor and latin quarter. I also had the BEST Shepard’s pie at The Piemaker. If you are in Galway make sure you go visit there! It’s the smallest but cutest and quaint little restaurant. From there we took a shuttle back to Dublin since I had an early flight out the next day.
Other pubs/restaurants to try while in Galway: Tafftes, Cranes Bar, The Front Door, The Kings Head, Esquiries Coffee, The PieMaker. (side note: a lot of food is done serving by 5:30, so eat early, grab a pint at a pub, and enjoy all the local music!) All of the pubs in town have live music most nights and it’s fun to just sit and listen to the local Irish music, one of my favorite parts of the trip!
Now get yourself ready for photo overload and enjoy! (also taking recommendations on where I should travel next!)