Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Oughterard

Aughnanure Castle

Built around 1500, this superbly preserved fortress signposted 4.2km east of Oughterard was home to the 'Fighting O'Flahertys', who controlled the region for hundreds of years after they fought off the Normans. The …
Top Choice Historic Building in Letterfrack & Around

Kylemore Abbey

Photogenically perched on the shores of Pollacapall Lough, 4.3km east of Letterfrack, this crenellated 19th-century neo-Gothic fantasy was built for a wealthy English businessman, Mitchell Henry, who spent his honey…
Top Choice Historic Site in Inishmore

Dun Aengus

Standing guard over Inishmore, Dun Aengus, 8km west of Kilronan, has three massive drystone walls that run right up to sheer drops to the ocean below. Believed to be up to 2000 years old, the fort is protected by re…
Top Choice Park in Letterfrack & Around

Connemara National Park

Immediately southeast of Letterfrack, Connemara National Park spans 2957 dramatic hectares of bog, mountains, heath and woodlands.The park encloses a number of the Twelve Bens, including Bencullagh, Benbrack and Ben…
Top Choice Museum in Galway City

Galway City Museum

Exhibits at this modern museum covering the city's history from 1800 to 1950 include an iconic Galway hooker fishing boat, a collection of currachs (boats made of a framework of laths covered with tarred canvas) and…
Top Choice Historic Site in Galway City

Spanish Arch

The Spanish Arch is thought to be an extension of Galway's medieval city walls, designed to protect ships moored at the nearby quay while they unloaded goods from Spain, although it was partially destroyed by the ts…
Top Choice Historic Building in Kinvara

Dunguaire Castle

Erected around 1520 by the O'Hynes clan, Dunguaire Castle, 900m north of town, occupies the former site of the 6th-century royal palace of Guaire Aidhne, the king of Connaught. Lady Christabel Ampthill restored the …
Top Choice Historic Site in Connemara

Patrick Pearse's Cottage

Pádraig Pearse (Patrick Pearse; 1879–1916) wrote some of his short stories and plays in this small thatched cottage on the shore of a remote lake, which he built in 1909. In 2016, a state-of-the-art, A-frame visitor…
Top Choice Historic Building in Gort & Around

Thoor Ballylee

In an idyllic setting by a stream, this 16th-century Norman tower was the summer home of WB Yeats from 1921 to 1929 and was the inspiration for one of his best-known works, The Tower. It adjoins a whitewashed cottag…
Market in Galway City

Galway Market

Galway's bohemian spirit comes alive at its street market, which has set up in this spot for centuries. Saturdays are the standout for food, when farmers sell fresh produce alongside stalls selling arts and crafts, …