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County Galway

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About County Galway

County Galway embodies the traditional, slightly wild beauty many visitors look for when they come to Ireland. Vast green expanses of the Connemara region with remote Irish-speaking villages aplenty in the region. This, along with beautiful wind-swept coastlines where you see people riding horses bring to life those adverts you see. The Galway city on the other hand is colourful and lively with a wonderful live music scene. Our selection of the best place to stay in County Galway offers something for everyone, whether you're looking for rural retreat or a chic base in town.

The region is a great place to experience the old traditions of Ireland - be it language, food or classical Irish sounds. What’s more, the hip student vibe of Galway city encourages a creative mix of the old and new, making this destination one of a kind.

What not to miss

  • 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. If you nip inland you'll see the strange bogs and remote dark coloured lakes. A mysterious landscape for hikers and cyclists alike.
  • Visit the Aran, Inisheer and Inish Oirr Islands just off the coast. These islands bring to you enchanting views in calm, rural surroundings with local cuisine available in the small island pubs.
  • Don’t miss a visit to vibrant Galway city. Here you will find brightly painted pubs with live music and chic cafes and restaurants with front row seats to observe the street buskers and theatre. The city also maintains old medieval town walls, a reminder of the rich history of the region.
  • Visit Galway Bay, a fishing suburb, just out the city to sample the area’s famous Oysters.

These are just few of the spectacular sights of County Galway. There’s plenty more to do and experience making it a remarkable destination for the avid traveller. Our list of the best places to stay in County Galway have wide variety of properties to suit your taste for the perfect base.

For urban chic

  • Located just outside Galway, The G offers 5-star luxury in contemporary style. The interiors are carefully designed by Philip Treacy and flaunt brightly coloured spaces, leaving the rooms more calm and restful. A stone’s throw away from Galway’s main attractions.
  • In the heart of the city you will find The House Hotel. Again, brightly coloured and full of new-age designs, the hotel captures the Galway character without being pretentious. A great choice to experience the city’s nightlife.

For Stunning Countryside

  • Ross Lake House Hotel is an elegant countryside manor house surrounded by golf courses, coastline and the Connemara National Park. A definite must for those looking for scenic treks or a game of golf.
  • If you’re looking to stay in a more traditional setting, Rosleague Manor in County Galway is the choice for you. Elegant bedrooms feature antique furniture, four poster beds and large bathrooms. Enjoy a cosy evening in the conservatory while being served some of the best Irish seafood dishes.
  • The Lough Inagh Lodge is a cosy country house with great big armchairs and lounges full of books. Also a good option for long walks along the Western Way of the region.
  • To enjoy the picturesque banks of the Lough Corrib, stay at the Currarevagh House. This traditional country house hotel is perfect for a peaceful escape and fly fishing on Lough Corrib.

For a castle retreat

  • Experience the enchantment of rural Ireland at the Ballynahinch Castle. Close to the Ballynahinch Lake, this castle converted hotel has a warm ambiance and sumptuous locally produced meals. A great place to fish and take long walks on the castle grounds.

For an apartment or cottage

  • If you've decided that you'd prefer to book a villa or apartment, we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com, where you'll find a wide range from budget to boutique.

Travel Information

  • Although there are no direct flights to Galway, the city is accessible from Shannon Airport and Ireland West International Airport. For international flights, reach Galway from the main Dublin Airport.
  • Alternately, there are frequent buses that travel to Galway city from the Dublin.
  • The best time to visit the rural parts of the county are between April and October. If you are keen on a more urban experience, Galway city is open all year round for excellent food, drink and cultural pursuits.
  • If you decide to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best price.

Still not sure?

  • Check out our selection of the best places to stay in County Galway and start to plan your visit.
  • Or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in County Galway

  • The G 101 rooms from £98

    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 £104

    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 £123

    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 £123

    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
    Traditional
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Fodors, Good Hotel Guide
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  • Lough Inagh Lodge 12 rooms from £148

    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 £158

    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 £171

    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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