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The Wild Atlantic Way spans the entire west coast of Ireland and provides the most exquisite scenery this beautiful country as to offer. Within the county of Galway there is 300 kilometres of coastal stretch that is part of the Wild Atlantic Way; starting from the beautiful village of Kinvarra to Leenaun, near the Mayo border. Within this stretch you will be spoilt for the luscious green scenery that Ireland is famous for. Whether you’re an active hiker, a history enthusiast, a keen surfer or just find yourself interested in the culture that the Emerald Isle has to offer there’ll be something for everyone on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Areas of interest on the Wild Atlantic Way in Galway include the beautiful Kylemore Abbey which is a Benedictine monastery that was founded in 1920. The beautiful castle, with surrounding gardens, is a hugely popular attraction amongst those that are interested in the rich history of Ireland. It’s located on the lower slopes of Doughruagh Mountain. You can visit the castle, the Gothic church, the beautifully landscaped gardens or you can enjoy some beautiful walks in the area while you’re visiting.
Connemara National Park is a national park located West of Galway City. It includes some incredible mountain scenery, some typical Irish bogs, and a range of woodlands and grasslands. The park includes mountains including Benbaun, Benbrack, Bencullagh and more. There are four walking trails within the park for hiking enthusiasts and more information on each of these trails can be obtained from the visitor centre in the park – which is located close to Letterfrack Village.
The Aran Islands are a must see if you have an interest in Irish culture and heritage. These are 3 islands located off the coast of Galway which include Inis Mor, Inis Meain and Inis Oirr. The Irish language is still widely spoken here and it represents an area which is rich in Irish culture. The most popular of all islands is Inis Mor (which translates to Big Island) and encompasses a range of different Christian, pre Christian and Celtic monuments. A ferry leaves from Rossaveal (40 minutes from Clayton Hotel Galway) to these islands each day and can be organised directly with the hotel – just ask for more information on this trip at reception.