Finding charming places to dine and shop wasn’t any problem in Galway. Despite being on the tourist track, the city maintains plenty of antique character – layered with buskers, art murals, food carts, and an outdoor market which breathe fresh excitement into this medieval city. Sara and I enjoyed a scenic walk along the waterfront and through the Spanish Arch before enjoying a traditional meal in an Irish pub.
Of all the sites to see on our drive around Southwest Ireland, we were most excited to see the stunning Cliffs of Moher. We carefully planned our day so we could watch the sunset over the ocean. Our drive there was quite leisurely and included a quick stop in Dunguaire Castle. Unfortunately by the time we arrived to the cliffs, the fog had completely enshrouded our view! Still, we fought the fierce winds and rain to tour the area and see what we could […]
Following our visit to Kylemore Abbey, we headed back toward the city and continued our scenic drive along the coast south of Galway. Noticing Ceardlann Spiddal Craft & Design Studios from the road, we pulled over and popped in to tour the galleries showcasing handmade items from local artisans.
We set out early in the morning for a scenic drive from Galway to Connemara, heading first to the lovely Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden which overlooks a glassy lough. The weather was a bit rainy and foggy (not all that surprising for August in Ireland), but the grounds were still beautiful to tour. The uphill walkway from the castle to the cathedral carried us through a lush green forest which was even prettier to see in the drizzling rain.
Sara and I had fun admiring the aqueduct, part of the expansive Caesarea Harbor National Park. Right before a major rain storm, we ducked into a cafe at the Submarinean Port. In that complex is Artnova, a gallery that sells colorful soft art, many featuring birds.