Watch Me Galway: (and get lost in the Aran Islands!)

Watch Me Galway: (and get lost in the Aran Islands!)

After Dublin we caught a bus west to Galway. Most Irish cities have this old medieval feel to them and Galway was no exception!

The city was surprisingly very crowded, probably because of the Sea Fest happening that weekend. It was raining the whole time, but we still enjoyed it immensely. Street entertainment is everywhere! Singers, dancers and random acts are urging you to stop and watch. Sea Fest in the harbour also provided great entertainment, especially for kids.

Watch Me Galway: (and get lost in the Aran Islands!)
Street performers in Galway

Galway has a pretty good food scene as well. Try The Quay Street kitchen – Mussels were delicious there! Having tried Guinness in Dublin, we were satisfied with the quality of it in Galway as well. You can read about what Guinness should really taste like in my post here

On one of the days, we decided to get a ferry to Aran Islands, which we booked online the day before (Aran Island Ferries). The bus first drives from Galway to the ferry port, from there you transfer onto the ferry and head toward Inis Mor (the main island). The bus stop was not very noticeable, but it’s at the corner of Foster Street and next to hotel Victoria. It cost 59 euros for 2 ppl for a return ferry and shuttle tickets, so not bad!

The bus took 30 min and ferry took 45 min. The weather was miserable with pretty much constant drizzle, but we were determined to get somewhere on this island and went to the rocks. It was quite an adventure!

Watch Me Galway: (and get lost in the Aran Islands!)
Battling the elements for some insane cliff views!

Took us about an hour to get to some stunning views of the ocean and cliffs and the whole place was sectioned in huge stones. On our way back we decided to take a shortcut and went on a stony path into what we thought could’ve been a way out. Instead we found ourselves lost in a stony maze with little traps everywhere!

Watch Me Galway: (and get lost in the Aran Islands!)
Well and truly lost on the island!

Eventually we climbed over one of the walls since we couldn’t even find the original path anymore. But it was a lot of fun. And literally zero tourists around. If you are adventurous types, I definitely recommend this trip.

Tip #1: Of course, wear good shoes and watch your step all the time!

Tip #2: Book the ferry trips online to get a 10% discount.

Overall, Galway is a nice city, but was a bit too overcrowded during the weekend we were there, so the trip to Aran islands was a nice escape.

Watch Me Galway: (and get lost in the Aran Islands!)

 

Watch Me Galway: (and get lost in the Aran Islands!)

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