County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Travel Guide
Plan Your County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Vacation
The west of Ireland is the most westerly seaboard in Europe, and the part of Ireland least influenced by its neighbor to the east, England. Galway and West Clare are where the Irish go to reconnect with their heritage, whether by practicing their jigs at the Fleadh Nua folk festival, enjoying "the craic" at the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, visiting the ancient megalithic tombs of the Burren, or trading news with a Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) resident. Wherever you go in the West, you'll not only see, but more important hear, how the best of traditional Ireland survives.
Some of Ireland's finest country-house and castle hotels are in this area. Dromoland Castle, between Shannon Airport and... read more
Because the West provinces have a brief high season—from mid-June to early September—and a quiet off-season, it doesn't... read more
Things To Do in County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Ancient Aran: Spend at least one night on one of the Oileáin Árainn (Aran Islands), three outposts of Gaelic civilization, which... Read more
Galway's founders were Anglo-Normans who arrived in the mid-13th century and fortified their settlement against "the native Irish," as... Read more
During the 1800s, the islands, wracked by famine and mass emigration, were virtually forgotten by mainland Ireland. At the turn of the... Read more
There's no question about it: they have a different look in Galway. People have always dressed differently, because they dress for the... Read more
Locals get up very early on Saturday in Galway in order to get the pick of the goods on offer at the Saturday food market. As many as 90... Read more
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