Galway is a gateway to the West of Ireland and the West is loaded with things to do and see. If you are keen on doing a tour talk to the Barnacles hostel Galway team as we can get tickets at a discounted rates.
A trip to the islands is a must when visiting the West. The islands are rich in culture, language and heritage of Ireland. The largest, Inish Mor, has a visitor centre, many craft shops and pubs. See the island by hiring a bike from the main port.
How to get there? Ferries leave Rossaveal harbour (45 mins from Galway City) daily to all three islands – the journey takes about 40 minutes. Discount tickets are avaliable from reception at Barnacles Galway- but before you go check the ferry timetables. There are also regular flights between Spiddal and the Aran Islands.
Galway Walking Tours
Visit local landmarks, learn the history of the Tribes of Galway. There are a number of options for those that enjoy walking. Organised walking tours are available, free of charge for our guests every day. Just ask at reception!
Want to do your own tour? We have our own walking tour information available at reception, with information on the most important landmarks in Galway City.
The Cliffs of Moher and The Burren
The Burren is 100 square miles of bare limestone rock. Its formation has lain unspoiled since the ice-age and is a unique habitat for many plants and flowers. The stunning Cliffs of Moher stretch for 8km & rise up to 214 metres above the Atlantic Ocean. During the Summer months this makes a great place to eat a clifftop lunch.
Discounted tickets are available from reception. This is top Irish attraction by far, so make sure you don’t miss it!
Kylemore Abbey Connemara
From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain rangeto the golden beaches reaching to the Atlantic Ocean, Connemara has long been regarded as the real Ireland. A day tour of Connemara visits some of the most beautiful places in Ireland, including Kylemore Abbey and its 6 acres of Victorian walled gardens and the imposing Inagh Valley which winds between two sets of mountains and has breathtaking views. Kylemore Abbey is the no.1 “must-see” attraction in the West of Ireland and its home to the Benedictine nuns. Remember discounted tickets are available from reception!