County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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NUI Galway

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Opened in 1846 to promote the development of local industry and agriculture, NUI Galway today is a center for Irish-language and Celtic...

O'Brien's Castle

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A pleasant walk through the village takes you up to this ruined 15th-century tower on top of a rocky hill—the only hill on the island.

Poulnabrone Megalithic Tomb

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The biggest and most famous of the Burren's megalithic tombs, Poulnabrone ("the hole of sorrows") is a portal grave/dolmen with a massive...

Salmon Weir Bridge

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The bridge itself is nothing special, but in season—from mid-April to early July—shoals of salmon are visible from its deck as they...


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A lively, hugely popular seaside resort, Salthill is beloved for its seaside promenade—the traditional place "to sit and watch the...

Spanish Arch

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Built in 1584 to protect the quays where Spanish ships unloaded cargoes of wines and brandies, the hefty stone arch is now the central...

St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church Galway

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Built by the Anglo-Normans in 1320 and enlarged in 1486 and again in the 16th century, the church contains many fine carvings and gargoyles...

The Burren Way

  • Trail/Path

You can explore the Burren area by car, from a bike, or from the back of a bus, but the very best way to soak in the raw beauty of this...

The Claddagh

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On the west bank of the Corrib Estuary, this district was once an Irish-speaking fishing village outside the walls of the old town. The...

Tigh Neachtain

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Galway City's most famous pub, which stands at a busy little crossroads in the heart of the old town, is treasured for its unrenovated...


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