This week we travel to Galway. Set in the west coast of Ireland, it is home to many makers of craft and design and its destinations have inspired those and other artists in many ways. Here is a look at the top five best places to visit in Galway.
1. Kylemore Abbey
Originally a castle built as a romantic gift from Mitchell Henry to his wife Margaret Vaughan, the Abbey and its associated gardens currently belong to the Irish Benedictine Nuns who bought the property after fleeing from Belgium in World War 1. One of the must-sees at the abbey are the Victorian Walled Gardens.
Claddagh is a neighbourhood in Galway city, across the river from the Spanish Arch. It was an old fishing village whose fishermen were ruled by their own elected King. Today, the neighbourhood’s claim to fame is being the place where Claddagh rings originated.
Difficult to spot due to the green vegetation that blankets it, this abandoned castle once belonged to the Blake family, one of the tribes of Galway. The Tribes of Galway were merchant families that ran Galway city during the Middle Ages and are the reason for its moniker the City of the Tribes.
- Connemara National Park
Connemara park covers over 2000 hectares of scenic landscapes. Established and opened in 1980, the park’s mountains, bogs, woodlands, perhaps even the mysterious graveyard are sure to mesmerize visitors.
- The Aran Islands
Famous for the Aran sweater and other designs, The Arans are a beautiful escape from city life. There are several prehistoric forts providing insight into a rich Celtic heritage, including Dún Aonghasa which dates back to 1100 BC. There are also stunning views of the Cliffs of Moher.