Galway is regarded as the Capital of the real Ireland. Irish music, language, chivalry, welcome, and the traditional attitude that when God made time he made plenty of it are all alive and well in the Capital of the West.
Crookhaven B&B is ideally located within a short seven minute walk of facilities which include all the fun and friendliness of Galway's pubs, cafes, restaurants, music, narrow medieval lanes and streets. We are an equally short (7 minute) stroll from the prom, a 3 mile promenade along Galway Bay where locals and visitors alike take their exercise.
Swimming, tennis, golf (5 excellent courses within 30 minutes drive), pony treking, wind-surfing, karting, theatre, cinema and art galleries are all nearby.
Galway is surrounded by magnificent scenery including Connemara, the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. Day trips include visits to the Aran Islands via nearby ferries (you can also fly), and various guided coach tours of both city and surrounding beauty spots are readily available, as well as walking tours of the city.
My own sports are golf and tennis and I can arrange a game of either for you and let you know all about the locality and amenities.
Below you'll find some of my home made photographs of the sites you can expect to see in and around Galway city and county.
The National University of Ireland (formerly University College Galway) is a historic and beautiful spot to visit. The grounds of the University straddle the River Corrib and there are lovely walks along the various college buildings and sports grounds. As an example of the range of architecture and sights in UCG, the left photo is of UCG's famous Quadrangle which is over 150 years old; while the other is of the new Martin Ryan Marine Science Institute which was taken from across the River Corrib.
Part of the original city walls and a favourite place to relax and contemplate the old trading and cultural links with our Spanish friends. Columbus landed here once - but it was discovered before that!
The Spanish Arch is just at the base of the famous Quay Street.
Built on the site of Galway's old jail. From the sinners to the saints! But fear not, there's no need for a jailhouse in Galway now!
The Salmon Weir Bridge is a traditional spot to watch the salmon leap the weir on their way up river.
The Corrib is Galway's river and it flows through the city offering many picturesque moments. There are six rowing clubs in Galway and you'll see these crews out on the river at majestical spots such as the Dangan Straight. You can also take a cruise on the Corrib.
The focal point for meeting, greeting, eating, drinking, music and song. Galway's Latin Quarter is the place for you if young or young at heart. Don't be in a hurry and don't be a stranger.
Everyone who takes their time in Galway has happy memories of the Quay Street area. Many cafes, casual and formal restaurants and pubs to cater for all ages and tastes.
Being a strictly amateur photographer I couldn't capture the sun going down on Galway Bay. Not to worry... There are 3 kilometres of the prom to walk off the fine food and drink that you will no doubt enjoy in Galway.
And, yes, it IS far more beautiful than it looks here! There are a number of sandy beaches along the prom and at the end of it, Blackrock, there are diving platforms where locals and visitors alike take the plunge into the Atlantic.
Galway's blue flag (an award for facilities and cleanliness) beach is 3 miles west of the city, so you'll need a car for this, but it's well worth a visit.
On a clear day there is no more beautiful area anywhere. I can help you plan a day's drive or you can take the easy option with a guided day trip by coach.
Beautiful lakes, mountains and..... emptiness, make Connemara a world famous scenic amenity. It is also the location of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara's film, The Quiet Man.
The village of Lenane in Connemara is where Richard Harris' film The Field was shot. It is also the site of Ireland's only fjord, making the score: Ireland 1, Norway.... lots!
An equally popular day trip is to the Burren (limestone pavements with rare natural flora) and the Cliffs of Moher. I'll include some photos once I get my camera down there.
On the very edge of Europe three Islands guard Galway Bay. They are also guardians of the language, culture and heritage of Ireland. Unique geology, archeology and a long tradition of hospitality. Day trips depart Galway almost every hour.