As a traveler, it’s always wonderful when a destination comes highly recommended. Guidebooks, best-of lists, and crazy daydreams can take you to some incredible, off-beat, and unique places, but there’s something extremely comforting in knowing what you are getting yourself into before the plane even touches down on the tarmac. Galway, Ireland is one such place, coming highly recommended by a good friend who retraced her roots with a visit to Ireland the previous year.
“It reminded me of Tofino” was all I needed to hear to know that Galway was a city I would go out of my way to see during out time in the British Isles.
Continuing our rainy tour of Ireland, our time in Galway was spent clambering under eaves, fighting a losing battle between our little umbrella and fierce gale-force winds, and sneaking in as many photos as possible during brief 20 minute periods of
sunshine “not rain”. However there was little the weather could do to distract us from the charming pubs, brightly painted homes, and kitschy shops that make up Galway’s central core.
While our time in Galway was short – just one full day to explore the city – we easily fit in some sightseeing, shopping, and delicious fish and chips lunch with time to spare. Cold, wet, and comfortably full from out delicious fish lunch, we made our way back to the B&B for a cozy evening spent relaxing in our room.
Small as it may be, Galway is a wonderful base for exploring Western Ireland and nearby attractions including The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, and the Connemara region – all of which we were able to cover by joining a tour the following day. As we turned in for the night, with a full day ahead of us the following morning, only one question filled our minds – how much longer can this rain continue?*For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit British Columbia yet, Tofino is a wonderfully colourful bohemian town on Vancouver Island. Logistics: Galway is serviced by both bus and train from Dublin, however we made our way via bus from Derry in Northern Ireland. Although a car is convenient to explore the area surrounding Galway, the city itself is small and can easily be explored by foot. Visitors to Galway would be remiss without a visit to the nearby Cliffs of Moher, a UNESCO recognized geopark and stunning natural wonder. Tours from Galway to the Cliffs leave from the main bus terminal – however be sure to check that the site is open as strong winds can keep it closed especially during the winter storm season.