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  • Coastline Windswept western Eire
  • Coast life A song, a laugh, a pint or two…

A huddle of welcoming warmth and creativity set at the meeting point of Loch Corrib and the Atlantic Ocean, Galway City is a gateway to the Gaeltacht – Irish-speaking Eire – and a magnet for artists, writers and musicians.

The wild peninsulas of Connemara are a canter to the west, offering horse riding and sea-kayaking along the untamed coast; a ramble among Galway’s pubs and gigs will deliver adventures of a more convivial kind. Music is at the heart of this friendliest of cities, with a thriving scene encompassing everything from pin-drop trad sessions to local indie bands. The buzz is youthful, Europhile and inclusive, and the local laidback humour definitely catching.

Do go/Don’t go

The <i>craic</i> in Galway is a year-round attraction; the weather is highly unpredictable. High summer and the festival season sees the population spiral; wintertime is as good as any other if you’ve come to see the real Galway.

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  • Planes The diminutive Galway Airport is served by Aer Arann (www.aerarann.ie) | with flights from London Luton | Leeds | Bradford | Cardiff | Manchester | Edinburgh and Dublin. The most convenient international airport is Shannon: Ryanair flies there from London airports | Manchester and all over the UK; British Airways has flights from Southampton. A regular coach shuttle links the airport with Eyre Square.
  • Trains There’s a train service between Dublin and Galway. See www.irishrail.ie for details.
  • Automobiles It’s easy to get to Galway and have a great time there with no wheels | but a few days touring the countryside or the coast can be a memorable experience. The drive cross-country from the east coast is manageable in under three hours.
  • Taxis There are taxi ranks on Eyre Square, Bridge Street and out to the west of the centre at Salthill. Most journeys around town are easily done on foot.