Galway City at the mouth of Galway Bay is both a picturesque and lively city with a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned speciality shops, often featuring locally made crafts. Indeed local handcrafts are a feature of the entire region including hand knits, pottery, glass, jewellery and woodwork..
Cong, Co Mayo
The village Cong in County Mayo is where much of the Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, was filmed. Although you can retrace the steps of the actors throughout the town & re-enact scenes from the film in the Quiet Man Museum, there is much more to Cong than just a movie set. The village is small and intimate with excellent pubs. Also, there is an authentic famine house nearby and the ruins of an old abbey right in the town. Adjacent to the abbey, you will find a path along the river where you can stroll through one of the loveliest forests in Ireland.
Connemara Scenic Drive
From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range through lake rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll know you’re in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood & tone of the landscape. Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland. The natural terrain & unspoilt environment offers the visitor a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure & activity
Salthill Beach & Promenade
Galway Bay and its lapping waters will always be the main attraction and the visitor has a host of safe, sandy beaches from which to choose. Swimming, sunbathing, sail-boarding, snorkelling, sea angling and high board diving, can be enjoyed here. For the less energetic, a stroll along Ireland's longest promenade, is strongly recommended, for the fresh Galway Bay sea air is a tonic in itself. And, while you are at it, ramble through nearby Salthill Park and Quincentennial Park to view the flowers and shrubs.
Finish off this trip back where you started in the vibrant city of Galway. Enjoy a spot of shopping, take in a myriad of buskers & dine out Al Fresco in any of the infamous local fresh fish restaurants.