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County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Travel Guide

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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 have as broad a choice of small, owner-operated restaurants as do other parts of Ireland. Often the best place to eat is a local hotel—Gregans Castle Hotel near Ballyvaughan, for example. But some places landmark the region, including Moran's Oyster Cottage in Kilcolgan near

Galway City, where the fare is simple, served in traditional pub surroundings, but sea-leaping fresh. At the other extreme are more dazzling experiments, like when you hit a grand blowout place like the superb formal restaurant at Dromoland Castle. For truly adventurous contemporary Irish cooking, head to happening Galway, where you'll find it at such showcases as Kirwan's Lane, the Malt House, and Ard Bia at Nimmo's; the town center is so compact you can meander around and read the menus on display outside before making your choice.

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