You may have heard the old song about Galway Bay, if you haven’t, you’ll still be amazed at the captivating beauty of this area of Western Ireland. If you are travelling from England then there are regular flights from Luton Airport to Galway Airport, which is now a busy, regional hub.
Galway itself is quite a large area and the best way to explore the beauty of the bay is by car. It’s a good idea when you are booking your holiday to ask about
car hire. Ireland offers so much for the visitor to see so you will need a vehicle if you want to make the most of your trip. Galway bay sits between the borders of County Galway and County Clare and if you approach the bay from County Clare then you will be driving by the beautiful Moher cliffs, wonderful beaches and then Galway Bay.
If you like the water then you can take a boat tour round the mouth of the Bay and past the Moher cliffs. You can also take a boat trip across the Bay to the Aran Islands. Although most of the seafaring vessels have been overtaken by technological change, during the nineteenth century, after the potato famine, Galway and the Western coast of Ireland were important as the hub of the Irish boat construction industry..
About thirty miles from the mouth of Galway Bay lie the Aran Islands, but if you visit them you may need an interpreter as Gaelic is the language on all three of the Aran Islands. Situated on the cliffs of Aran, which offer wonderful views of the Bay, is Dun Aengus, a stone fort of ancient origin; the Islands also offer some wonderful sandy beaches, which get quite busy in the warmer summer months. If you like fishing then it is worth taking your equipment with you on your trip to Galway as this is a prime fishing location. Later in the day you can visit one of the local bars for a drink and before your retire to your hotel, think of the ‘barefoot gossoons’ and ‘watch the sun go down on Galway Bay.’