Northeast of Galway on the N17, Claregalway has the ruins of a Franciscan friary (National Monument) founded in 1290 and enlarged in the 15th C. On a tombstone in the church is a representation of a primitive plough.
6mi/9km east of the town of Galway, at Carnmore, lies Galway's airfield, from which there are regular flights by Aer Arann to the Aran Islands and Dublin.
1.25mi/2km beyond Clarinbridge, at Kilcolgan, the N67 branches off on the right. 0.75mi/1km west of the main road can be seen the ruined Drumacoo Church (National Monument), with finely carved windows and doorway. Here, too, is St Surney's Well, a notable holy well.
Immediately west of Galway and now joined onto it is Salthill, a leading seaside resort on the north side of Galway Bay. Its Irish name is Bothar na Tra ("Shore Road"). From the beautiful seafront promenade above a broad sandy beach there are extensive views of the hills of Clare, the Burren and the Aran Islands.
From Spiddal, west of Galway, a narrow but very scenic road leads through the Iar Connacht hills to Oughterard on Lough Corrib.
Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara, Ireland
Mervue - Royal Tara Visitor Centre
Royal Tara China is housed in a Queen Anne/ Georgian style mansion that was formerly the seat of the Joyces'. Visitors can tour the factory to see the craftspeople create the hand made pieces.
Patrick Pearse's Cottage (Teach an Phiarsaigh)
This was the summer house for Patrick Pearse, the educationalist and nationalist. The interior was burned during the War of Independence and has been restored. It now contains a number of mementos of Pearse.
Address: Ros Muc., Ireland
Opening hours: Jun 15 to Sep 15: 10am-6pm; Closed: Sun
Entrance fee in EUR: Family €4.25, Adult €1.50, Senior €1.00, Group discounts €1.00, Child €.75
Useful tips: Last admission 45 minutes before closing.
Disability Access: No facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Interpretive sessions sometimes available.
Map of Galway Attractions