County Galway


County Galway is on the West coast of Ireland, in the province of Connacht. It is noted for its fantastic scenery in the Connemara region and along the shores of Galway Bay and out in the Aran Islands. It is also home to one of the larger freshwater lakes, Lough Corrib which at one time was famous for salmon fishing.

The Irish Language held out longer in the West and as a result it has the largest Gaeltacht in the country.




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The Irish name for this county, Gaillimh, derives from Gaill, the Gaelic word for oustiders or foreigners. It is ironic, then, that this county is now home to the largest gaeltacht, where the language and culture of Ireland still survives.

The landscape in County Galway is varied. The interior is largely flat, while the Connemara, in the northwest is a region of ancient glacier scarred mountains, blanket bog peatlands and rugged coastlines. The Aran Islands and the south are rocky and barren places, containing numerous stone age forts, including Dun Aenghus (one of the best examples of its kind in Europe), beautiful in its isolation. To top it off, there is also the urban landscape of Galway City, the west coast's largest city.


Both English and Irish Gaelic are widely spoken in County Galway. As with the rest of Ireland, most Irish speakers are found in smaller and more isolated villages, while the cities are dominantly English speaking.

Get in

Frequent buses and trains arrive from Dublin into Galway City. Local buses into smaller communities in County Galway also arrive from neighbouring counties.

Get around

By bus

By boat

By car hire

Car hire is available from several agencies in the city and at the airport.

Several local car dealers operate car-rentals. These include:

Roads outside the larger towns are often narrow and windy. Although this encourages you to slow down and appreciate the wonderful (if a little bleak) scenery, it does mean that getting around will probably take longer than you think.





Marless House 8 Threadneedle Road, Salthill, Galway, Ireland, Mary and Tom Geraghty welcome you to Marless House, a Georgian style family home situated in a quiet residential area of Salthill, just 100 meters from the beach and 3kms from Galway city with frequent bus service and off-street parking.

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