Top things to do

Top Choice Seafood in Eastern Galway

Moran's Oyster Cottage

Some of County Galway's finest seafood, including lobster in season, is served in this atmospheric thatched pub and restaurant, set in a quiet cove. A terrace overlooks Dunbulcaun Bay, where the oysters are reared b…
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 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…
Historic Site in Gort & Around

Kilmacduagh

The extensive ruins at the monastic site of Kilmacduagh, 6km southwest of Gort, include a well-preserved 34m-high round tower, the remains of a small 14th-century cathedral (Teampall Mór MacDuagh), an oratory dedica…
Museum in Gort & Around

Kiltartan Gregory Museum

A charming stone schoolhouse built in 1892 now contains this museum, which traces the life of WB Yeats' literary patron, Lady Augusta Gregory, through photographs, manuscripts and objects from her former home at Coo…
Pub in Kinvara

Green's Bar

With over a hundred different whiskeys on shelves behind its bar, which looks ready to collapse, this 1865 pub is quite a sight. Painted apple-green on the outside, with darker lime-green trim, it's home to spontane…
Music in Kinvara

Fleadh na gCuach

Held over three days, this traditional music festival features over 100 musicians performing at upwards of 50 organised sessions. Spin-off events include a parade.
Pub in Kinvara

Connolly's

Trad sessions take place at least three times a week at this rollicking pub and most days during July and August. The open fire blazes in winter.
Food & Drink in Eastern Galway

Clarenbridge Oyster Festival

The long-established Clarenbridge Oyster Festival takes place in Clarenbridge, 18km south of Galway city, over four days in early October.
Sports in Kinvara

Cruinniú na mBáid

Up to 100 traditional Galway hooker sailing boats race each year in the Cruinniú na mBáid 'Gathering of the Boats'.