Exploring Ireland from Your Galway Vacation Rentals
Galway is known as the friendliest city in Ireland, although almost without exception, the Irish are a warm and welcoming race. Founded in Anglo-Norman times, it is situated on the estuary of the River Corrib. Many visitors flock to Galway for its many summer cultural festivals including the Arts Festival, the Oyster Festival, the Film Festival and the well-known Galway Races. Festivals include parades, plays and street performances along with local dance and even Druid performances. Visitors are sure to hear the Gaelic language spoken here as well as local fiddle music in the many pubs and inns which are an integral part of everyday life.
Getting to Your Galway Accommodation
The easiest and cheapest way to reach Galway is usually by air. Shannon International Airport is the closest major airport and it is 40 miles (64 kilometers) from the center of Galway. There are several ferry crossings to Ireland and from there, the driving along motorways and quieter rural routes is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the Emerald Isle. The main ferry crossings are from Holyhead to Dublin or further south, from Pembroke to Rosslare.
The Weather in Galway
Like much of Ireland, Galway has a damp and changeable climate. Its proximity to the Gulf Stream keeps winters mild. Temperatures rarely drop below freezing, allowing palm trees and fig trees to survive here. It is also a very humid climate with around 45 inches (1.1 meters) of rainfall throughout the year. Summer average highs are around 60 F (16 C) in this typically maritime temperate climate.
Things to Do Around Galway Cottages
Galway is a beautiful area, best explored on foot or bicycle. The green fields and narrow winding lanes are full of wild flowers in the summer and the coastline is stunning. Walk along pebbly beaches dashed by the spray or enjoy some of the cliff top paths in the area. Horseriding is also a popular way to enjoy Galway. Bird watchers will appreciate the many species of gulls, birds of prey and garden birds which can be spotted here. The best way to enjoy the Corrib Lake and river is on a cruise which departs from Woodquay regularly; the captain gives a narrated tour of the beautiful area.
Places to Visit from Your Galway Vacation Rentals
Areas close to your Galway accommodation include wild Connemara, known for its horses, the nearby Aran Islands and the many lakes which can be visited. Lough (Lake) Corrib is over 26 miles (43 kilometers) long. The Cliffs of Moher are a spectacular sight with amazing views from their 754-foot (230 meter) height above the dashing waves.
Closer to home, Galway has one of the finest medieval houses in Ireland, known as Lynch’s Castle which now houses a branch of the local bank. St. Nicholas Collegiate Church is also worth a visit as it is the largest remaining medieval church still in use in Ireland today. The city also has an interesting Atlantaquaria which features both fresh and marine wildlife including the fabled Galway salmon.
Why Choose to Stay in Galway Cottages
Galway cottages are the perfect accommodations for those wanting to experience local village life in Ireland. Close to the shops, pubs and entertainment, which are often within walking distance of your Galway accommodation, you'll find these lodging choices provide the perfect way to enjoy the Irish way of life. Rental cottages are very economical compared with hotels, especially for families, who will also appreciate the extra space and freedom from the rules of a hotel. Eat when you like, and sleep as late as you choose in your own Galway cottage. A home away from home is also an ideal place to play games, watch a film or read a book if the weather is inclement. For those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, a washer/dryer is a real benefit.