Activities in Galway
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There are a host of activities in Galway to cater to all tastes, walking along Salthill Prom or through the unique scenery of Connemara. Enjoy sailing with the famous Galway Hookers, golfing, horse riding, fishing and cruises through Galway Bay or to the Aran Islands. Our team are happy to lend their expert local knowledge to assist you in making arrangements for any of these activities.

After a day of activities, relax and unwind in one of our spacious deluxe, executive or family and interconnecting bedrooms.

The Harbour Hotel is located just minutes from the bustling Quay St. and is within walking distance of the cities transport hubs including Galway Train Station & Galway New Coach Station.

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DISCOVER GALWAY

Walking

From the hotel you can follow the harbour past all the boats and marina then meander through the Spanish Arch and keep going past the city museum and the multi-coloured houses which featured in Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl video.
On a sunny day this may just be the brightest spot in the city. This walk reveals the best views of Galway Bay from the Claddagh. From Spanish arch, walk across the Wolfe Tone bridge, turning left across from the Fisheries Watchtower. At the Middle arch, your journey can take two distinct paths.


Salthill Prom
If you keep walking along the shore past Nimmo’s pier you will begin the walk along Salthill promenade which takes you past many beaches, local amusements and eventually to the famous black rock diving tower. Where locals kick the wall and return into the city centre or continue to the picturesque Sliver Strand Beach.


City Centre
From the boats in the Claddagh, Follow the path through the old west side of town, turn right up Dominick Street until you reach the O'Briens bridge which was built in 1506. This is a great spot to watch kids feeding the gulls and swans—keep your eyes peeled for the black one! The views of the River Corrib, the Claddagh, and Galway Bay beyond are just lovely, and since it’s practically in the city centre there are plenty of dining options not even a stone’s throw away.

If you want to turn it into a longer walk, you can continue past the docks and the Harbour Hotel and into Renmore and Dead Man’s Beach.

Corrib Princess

A tour of the largest lake in Republic of Ireland, Lough Corrib. The tour departs just as short 5 min walk from the hotel in Woodquay. Once aboard guests will be taken on a guided tour of the River Corrib past many national heritage sites and some beautiful views not normally seen. This leads uninterrupted to scenic views of Lough Corrib where the 365 Islands dotted around the lake offer a rich variety of untouched plant and wildlife. The boat does offer a range of light refreshments and the tour takes approx. 90 mins to complete.

Address: Waterside, Woodquay, Galway.

Website: www.corribprincess.ie

Daily Departure Times:

May to Sept. 2.30 PM & 4.30 PM

July & August Extra Departure time @ 12.30 PM

Local Playgrounds

Its important for every visitor’s needs to be taken care of. As such guests can enjoy a variety of free playgrounds just a short stroll from the hotel.

Kennedy Park Playground (5 min walk).

Claddagh Playground (5 min walk).

Millennium Children's Park and Playground (10 min walk).

Henry Street Playground (10 min walk).

Fr Burke Park Playground (10 min walk).

Salthill Playground (10 min walk).

Galway Food Tour

Get a guided overview and introduction into Galway’s growing foodie scene. Eat in locally known treasured gems while you meet the passionate and highly experienced people that create beautiful artisan cuisine using the freshest local ingredients. Pre-booking is essential and each tour takes 2 hours approx.

Phone: (+353) 86332885

Website: www.galwayfoodtours.com

Galway Boat Tours

Galway Boat Tours offers a unique perspective of Galway Bay. Supplied by the Oliver family, adventurers can avail of all things nautical from sailing adventures, boat building lessons, learn the heritage of Galway’s traditional wooden fishing boats, evening excursions, lobster pot fishing and boat picnics where the rich bounty found in Galway Bay is on offer. 

Address: 13 Claddagh Quay, Galway City, H91 HH5F

Website: www.galwaybaytours.com

Times:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 6pm

Saturday: 10am– 7pm

Sunday: Closed

Wildlands

Relaxation, exploration and adventure. Wildlands offers visitors a day of activities and games, based in the waters and the wild, with over 20 acres of mature woodland overlooking Ballyquirke Lough in Moycullen. A myriad of indoor and outdoor entertainment whatever the weather and whatever your desire, as Wildlands is a place for all ages, for thrill-seekers and for those in the pursuit of serenity just a short drive from the hotel. 

Address: Moycullen, Co. Galway, H91 WYV2

Website: www.wildlands.ie

Cnoc Suain

Inspired by its spectacular surroundings Cnoc Suain (restful hill) this is a truly unique cultural experience. Teachers Dearbhaill and Charlie Troy immerse visitors in all things Irish. Linking culture and nature in this award winning hillside hamlet and nature preserve. Pre-booking is essential.

Address: Spiddal Road,  Moycullen, Co. Galway, Ireland  H91 W44N

Website: www.cnocsuain.com

Galway Markets

Galway's famous bustling markets have been at the centre of Galwegian's culture for centuries. Visitors will find hundreds of stalls selling fresh produce and locally produced crafts. There's a great variety of food available, Madras curry, yummy crepes, Japanese Sushi and mouth watering handmade chocolates among many others or ingredients for a delicious gourmet picnic. Along with hand made crafts, art, instuments and clothing. 

St Nicolas' Church market is open Saturdays and bank holidays from 8.30am-6.00pm and Sundays 2pm-6pm.

Tiny Traders Village based in Nuns Island is open Saturday and Sunday 12noon - 6pm.

Loughwell Farm Park

Loughwell Farm Park based just a short 15 min drive to Moycullen is a great day out for kids and adults alike with both indoor play areas and our outdoor playgrounds Even in cold or rainy weather your children can be sure of an enjoyable, fun and memorable day out. With a variety animals, go karts, a myriad games and much much more this is a great location to relax and blow off some steam. 

Website: www.loughwellfarmpark.ie

Admission fees are €13 per child and €7 per Adult.

Times: Open every day from 11.00 am to 6pm (Approx. please see website for updates on times). 

Address: Loughwell, Moycullen, Co.Galway.

Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum is a repository for objects of cultural heritage related to the city of Galway and its people, past and present. There are usally over 1000 objects from the collection on show at a time.

ADMISSION: Free

TIMES:

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Sundays: 12pm – 5pm

Pálás Cinema

Pálás is a state of the art, three screen arthouse cinema complete with a bar and award-winning restaurant in Galway's city centre. This brand-new destination, presents acclaimed new and classic films, along with the best of Irish and international independent cinema

Website : www.palas.ie

Seapoint

Seapoint Leisure Centre in on the promenade in Salthill is Galway’s largest indoor family entertainment centre. Just 15 minutes walk from our hotel, Seapoint provides entertainment for all the family with an arcade packed with all the latest video and prize games, kiddie rides, slot machines and pool.

There is a large casino for adult visitors (over 18’s) with a wide variety of the newest video poker, roulette and slot games.

The large ballroom hosts Cash Bingo Games every Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday at 8.30 p.m. and visitors are welcome.

Times: 10am to 1 am Everyday. 

The Burren

Experience the enthralling beauty of The Burren with its limestone pavements and curious rock formations. The distinctive region has a unique ecosystem, with rare native Irish plants and flowers.

Wander through the narrow passages of the underground caves and watch out for waterfalls, stalactites, and stalagmites. Explore fascinating fairy forts and stone dolmens dotted across the ‘land of the fertile rock’.

Approx 1hr drive away from our hotel.

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey is located approx. 90 mins from our hotel but if well worth the trip. Visitors will enjoy the scenic driving route passing to Connemara. Built in the 1800’s by Mitchell Henry to boast “all the innovations of the modern age”. Henry poured his life’s energy into creating an estate that would showcase what could be achieved in the remote wilds of Connemara. Today Kylemore Abbey is owned and run by the Benedictine community who have been in residence since 1920. Kylemore has many thing to explore such as the famed Victorian Walled Garden, a brand new visitors centre, both woodland and lakeshore walks. The distinct beauty, history and experience should not be missed. 

Website: www.kylemoreabbey.com

Planet Arcade

The Planet Entertainment Centre is located in the busy Galway Shopping Centre and retail park. Just a short walk from our hotel it is the perfect place for adults to do a bit of shopping while the kids play a game of bowling, laser tag or one of the many video games.


Website: www.planetgalway.ie

THE ISLANDS

Galway has a cluster of islands off the shore of its coastline, all of which are full of adventure.

Aran Island Ferries

This family-owned business offers daily sailings to the Aran Islands, all year-round. With a new dock located in Galway city just a short stroll from the hotel. The Aran Islands offer visitors a glimpse into a way of life that has long since disappeared from most of the world. Filled with traditional Irish culture, the islands offer breath-taking scenery, ecclesiastical ruins and world-renowned stone forts. These three rocky limestone outcrops are a bastion of traditional language, culture, music and history on the edge of Europe.

Address: 37-39 Forster St, Co. Galway, H91 FXA6

Website: www.aranislandferries.com

Inishboffin

Inishboffin is an island that is bursting with character and is home to white-sandy beaches and tropical coloured waters. There is plenty of adventure to fill your day trip - from bikes and hikes to kayaking, diving and fishing.

Aran Islands

The Aran Islands consist of three small islands: Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer.
The best way to get around and experience the island life is by renting a bike – allowing you to take in all the stunning scenery at your own pace. Cycling the narrow country roads, you’ll find flocks of sheep, ancient stone walls, small farmhouses, quaint villages and panoramic ocean views.
Explore Dun Aengus. This clifftop fort is a Heritage Site dating back to 1100 BC. It consists of three large dry-stone walls settled on a 100-meter cliff. It is a good hike to reach the fort, but the structure itself and the impressive views will make it well worth the effort.
On the road between Kilronan and Kilmurvey is a lookout point for the islands seals. If you are lucky you will get to see the resident seal colony bathing in the ocean.

WATER SPORTS

Kayaking

There is no better way to experience the Galway coastline than from the water.  Real Adventures run a unique coastal kayaking trip, which gives you the opportunity to explore fabulous sea caves, sea arches and along the fabulous cliffs near Cleggan head. Give it a Go is another kayack trip provider and they also run Dusk ’til Darkness evening kayak sessions, full day kayak tours and tours on the beautiful Lough Corrib and Corrib River. Connemara Wild Escapes, Corrib Canoe Courses and Kayakmór Tours both offer tours around Galway’s beautiful coast.

Coasteering and Gorgewalking

The combination of swimming, climbing, scrambling, jumping always makes for an exhilarating experience. Go explore Connemara’s coastal landscapes of bog, valleys and lakes with a one day tour by Epic Ireland.
Discover local history and legends as you travel along the coastline, taking in fantastic views over Galway City and Salthill, before returning to the hustle and bustle of Galway.

WILD ATLANTIC ADVENTURES - SAIL IN A GALWAY HOOKER

Immerse yourself in tradition by sailing into Ireland’s past on a 120-year-old Galway Hooker “Bláth na hÓige” (Flower of Youth).
A schedule of sailings operate daily in summer from Galway Harbour, 10am, maximum 10 passengers per trip, with individual and group rates available. The trip is 2 hours in duration, sailing out into Galway Bay towards Salthill, with views of the Burren and Galway Coast all the way, before returning to base.
This experience was voted among the 'Top 10 Activities along the Wild Atlantic Way' by National Geographic in 2014 and also featured on the recent ITV documentary 'Wild Ireland' presented by Christine Bleakely.