County Galway

Lodging, Activities & Tips for Visiting County Galway

Recommended Lodging in County Galway

Ocean Villa B&B, Clifden, Connemara, Ireland
The 4 season glass sitting room overlooking the Atlantic is the perfect place to spend a rainy Irish evening.

Ocean Villa B&B is located along the incredibly scenic Sky Road just outside Clifden, the “capital of Connemara”.

This family – home- turned – B&B features spacious ensuite rooms, beautiful views, and a fabulous breakfast.  Your hostess, Carmel, is an expert in the Connemara region and will happily advise you on activities your family will enjoy. (read full review)




Kingstown House B&B, Clifden, Connemara, Ireland
Relaxing over a game of checkers- with chess pieces- in the sitting room.

Kingstown House B&B, located in the center of Clifden, the “capital of Connemara”, evokes the charm and elegance of a small inn. 

This townhouse is perfectly situated within walking distance of Clifden’s many shops and pubs.  The spacious rooms, relaxing sitting room and delicious morning breakfast will leave you wishing you could stay long term.  Your hosts, Regina and Jim, will happily advise you of what’s going on it town, and offer recommendations of the best pubs and music.  (read full review)


Connemara Self catering Cottages
Connemara Self catering Cottages

 Connemara Self Catering Cottage at the edge of Clifden.

Our 3 bedroom/ 2 bath cottage was located at the edge of Clifden on N59. Situated in the Clifden Glen development of holiday homes, the house allowed us all a bit of privacy and space. (read full review)


Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara, County Galway. Ireland castle hotel
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Ballynahinch Castle near Recess.

A reader of Ireland Family Vacations gave this castle hotel her family’s seal of approval! (read her review & trip report)

Things to See and Do in County Galway

Get the 411 on County Galway with kids– 4 places to visit, one amazing place to stay and one tasty place to eat.

A drive along the Sky Road near Clifden may be one of the most exhilarating drives in all of Ireland!  Clifden is the unofficial capital of the Connemara region, and a terrific place to settle in for a few days of exploring.

Possibly the most photographed castle in all of Ireland, Kylemore Abbey is breathtaking in person. Plan a half day to explore the grounds.

A few miles outside Clifden is the Connemara Heritage and History Centre.  To see history, from some of Ireland’s first peoples through the famine, this is a terrific place to visit.

Be sure to stop and touch the hand of the Connemara Giant! It is said he can grant knowledge.

You’ll find that just a bit of the Burren reaches into County Galway – here are a few family activities in the Burren.

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