Outdoor Activities in Galway
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There are a host of outdoor 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.

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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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WALKING

Salthill Prom

With its location right on the Atlantic Ocean, Galway has an intimate relationship with the sea. Nowhere is this more clear than at the seaside suburb of Salthill. Here, locals take to the 2km-long promenade for seaside strolls and a swim. The seaside promenade offers a fantastic view of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Whether you're just in for a stroll during a late afternoon sunset or want to experience a run on the seaside, Salthill Promenade is worth a visit! Tradition dictates that you should “kick the wall” at the end of the promenade for good luck.

The Long Walk

Meander through the Spanish Arch and keep going past the city museum, the restaurant Ard Bia, and the multi-coloured houses featured in Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl video.

On a sunny day this may just be the brightest spot in the city. The views of the 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

South Park

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. Head in to Middle arch and across the new lock. From here you can look at the boats in the Claddagh basin and also enjoy the view of the multi-coloured houses on the Long Walk across the Corrib. Follow the path to the road (Claddagh Quay) and turn left. Turn left again at Nimmo’s pier. This is a great spot to watch kids feeding the gulls and swans—keep your eyes peeled for the black one!

Barna Woods

Take this easy and stunning walk through woodland and beaches. Over a few square kilometres walkers can enjoy woodland and streams, marshes and beaches, and glacial cliffs. At the end of the summer, Rusheen is a brilliant place for birdwatching.
Located a short distance from Galway city, Barna Woods is a broadleaf woodland park which claims to have the last natural growing oaks in the west of Ireland. There are many types of flora and fauna to be found throughout the park along with a variety of paths throughout the woods making the park a great area for a leisurely walk amongst nature.

Rinville Park

Rinville Park is located just five minutes from the picturesque village of Oranmore and near the shores of Galway Bay. There is access to Rinville Point and Saleen Point, where views of Galway Bay, Galway City and the Burren of County Clare can be taken in. The park features many amenities such as Rinville Castle ruins which are dated back to the 16th century, an extensive network of walks through the woodlands along with open air workout equipment. There are numerous picnic areas throughout the park along with a children’s playground.

Knockma Forest Park

Knockma Wood is located on a low hill, just a few kilometres west of Tuam.
From the car park, the walk is a 4 km loop up and around the hill, with lovely views of the Turlough Lakes surrounded by forest.
At the top summit of the hill are two Cairns which are believed to be the burial grounds of Queen Medbh of Connacht and of the Fairy King Finvarra, from where you’ll be able to get beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding area.

THE ISLANDS

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

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.