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County Galway

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About County Galway

Galway embodies the traditional, slightly wild beauty many visitors to Ireland are looking for. And The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in County Galway offers something for everyone, whether you're looking for rural retreat or a base in town.

The green expanses of the Connemara region are where you'll find remote villages where Irish is still spoken; and where you'll find those white, windswept coastlines you see people riding horses along in the adverts for Ireland. Off Galway's shipwreck lined shores are the rocky surprise of the Aran Islands and Inishbofin, more places where Irish lore and legends are strong.

But along with these wild expanses Galway has Galway city. Colourful and lively, with a wonderful live music scene, Galway city is a surprise for a lot of visitors. It does have its historic side, it's dilapidated medieval walls and shops selling Aran jumpers, but Galway's history is alive rather than a museum piece.

In all of Ireland this is where you're most likely to hear Irish spoken, and to hear new music but with a traditional sound. Galway is a lot of fun. Maybe it's the large number of pubs? Maybe it's because students make up a quarter of the population? Or maybe it's the famous local oysters, but there's certainly something in the air or the water here.

The Connermara Peninsula will treat you to an exceptionally dramatic road trip. The winding roads follow the inlets of the coastline, past hidden beaches and through almost hidden villages. And if you nip inland you'll see the strange bogs and remote dark coloured lakes. This is a mysterious looking landscape. There are numerous hiking and biking trails if you want to leave your car behind.

Across from Galway the Aran Islands offer more wild and windswept, green and peaky landscape. As well as fascinating archaeological sites and colourful real Irish pubs with their warm traditions.

For urban chic

  • The G proves that Galway is no backwater. This five star hotel has bright Philip Treacy interiors, a spa which will match the expectations of the most demanding city-breaker and a choice of bars and restaurants - all with decor which will surprise. The G wouldn't look out of place in London or New York, though it has Galway's own spectacular views.

For rural retreat

  • For those who want rural beauty plus a spot of action, the Ross Lake House Hotel is one of the best places to stay in County Galway. Situated on the edge of the Connemarra National Park for walkers and hikers, it also has easy access to several golf courses.

    Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in County Galway, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice.

    Best Hotels in County Galway

    • The G 101 rooms from $128

      Galway, County Galway

      Extraordinary contemporary five star hotel just outside Galway. Interiors designed by Philip Treacy feature brightly coloured (some might say garish) public spaces, whilst rooms and suites are more restful. Stunning views out to sea, great food & ESPA. All a stone's throw from Galway's attractions.

      Suites  -  The hotel has 3 remarkable "specialty" suites designed by Philip Treacy, with spectacular views
      5* Luxury  -  The only truly 5 star hotel in Galway
      Sights nearby  -  Five minutes from Galway centre
      Spa  -  Award winning ESPA
      Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Kiwi Collection
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    • The House Hotel 40 rooms from $136

      Galway, County Galway

      The House Hotel is contemporary, without being pretentious, and situated in the heart of the city centre, offering good food and bright, lively accomodation with all the attractions of Galway on the doorstep. The Hotel is especially well situated for Galway's nightlife and ideal for romantic breaks

      City Style  -  Within walking distance of vibrant nighlife
      Sights nearby  -  Situated right in the centre of town within easy walking distance of all major attractions
      Lively  -  Hip and happening.
      Full of character
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    • Ross Lake House Hotel 10 rooms from $160

      Rosscahill, Co Galway, County Galway

      An elegant countryside manor house surrounded by golf courses, coastline and the Connemara National Park. Traditional bedrooms and suites have four poster beds and fireplaces. A great choice for an active holiday in style.

      Golf  -  Oughterard Golf Club, Barna Golf club, Galway Bay Golf and Country Club and Ballyconnelly Links Course.
      Active Holiday
      Sights nearby  -  Cliffs of Moher and magical Connemara with its mountains and lakes.
      Great walks  -  Connemara National Park with its walks and mountain climbing.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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    • Rosleague Manor 20 rooms from $160

      County Galway

      Traditional country house. Elegant bedrooms feature antique furniture, four poster beds and large bathrooms. 30 acres of woodland grounds, conservatory and sitting room with fireplace. Great dining with focus on seafood.

      Country Escape  -  Ideal spot for blowing out the cobwebs, with the National Park and coastal walks and cozy fireplaces to return to
      Fishing  -  With the "Brazen Hussy" company
      Great walks  -  Through Connemara Loop route
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Fodors, Good Hotel Guide
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    • Lough Inagh Lodge 12 rooms from $193

      Galway, County Galway

      Cosy country house. Traditional bedrooms have armchairs, great views and floral furnishings. Fireplace and book-filled lounges. Good seafood and wild game dishes from the restaurant and welcoming bar.

      Country Escape  -  On the shores of Lough Inagh, with fishing, country walks and outstanding views
      Great walks  -  Along Western Way which commences in Oughterard and goes to Westport via Leenane
      Fishing  -  In the two Loughs, Derryclare and Inagh for salmon, sea trout and brown trout
      Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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    • Currarevagh House 12 rooms from $206

      County Galway

      A charming country house hotel on the picturesque banks of Lough Corrib. Retaining it's traditional feel, the rooms are decorated with period wallpapers and antique furnishings. Perfect for a peaceful countryside escape. A lakeside idyll.

      Total relaxation  -  Set in a peaceful, undisturbed natural environment, it's perfect for a relaxing escape.
      Local exploring  -  Well located for exploring the vast beauty of Loch Corrib and Connemara.
      Great walks  -  Beautiful walking routes in the surrounding 180 acres of woodland.
      Fishing  -  The hotel can organise fly fishing on Lough Corrib.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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    • Ballynahinch Castle 48 rooms from $223

      Co. Gallway, County Galway

      Castle hotel with warm and sumptuous ambience. Bedrooms feature four poster beds, creamy furnishings and gorgeous bathrooms. Great restaurant with local, seasonal produce: fresh fish, wild mushrooms, woodcock and cosy pub for an afternoon. Outstanding outdoors activities; the ideal country weekend.

      Country Escape  -  Outstanding fishing opportunities, miles of walking stunning paths, roaring fireplaces and nearby castles to see
      Great walks  -  Take a look around the Castle's picturesque shores of Ballynahinch Lake and woodland
      Fishing  -  From February to September the estate offers a fantastic fly fishing experience
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
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