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.
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.
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.