County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Travel Guide


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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.


County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Hotels

Some of Ireland's finest country-house and castle hotels are in this area. Dromoland Castle, between Shannon Airport and... read more


County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Restaurants

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


County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Ancient Aran: Spend at least one night on one of the Oileáin Árainn (Aran Islands), three outposts of Gaelic civilization, which... Read more

  • Galway: City of the Tribes

    Galway's founders were Anglo-Normans who arrived in the mid-13th century and fortified their settlement against "the native Irish," as... Read more

  • Aran Rediscovered

    During the 1800s, the islands, wracked by famine and mass emigration, were virtually forgotten by mainland Ireland. At the turn of the... Read more

  • Shopping in Galway

    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

  • The Galway Saturday Market

    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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