Insider’s Guide to Galway #2

When in Galway, do as Galwegians do.

Every week, we here at This Is Galway go to the ends of the earth to bring you some savage ways to spend a day in Gaillimh. These insider tips will provide you with all the craic, ceol and convenience that will transform your trip from dreary to dreamy.

Galway Insider Guides

EAT – Builín Blasta

Whether it’s soup and a sambo or a crispy duck confit and glass of vino, Builín Blasta have it all. Located beside the sea in the heart of Spiddal, this café and bakery will be your go-to eatery for when you’re visiting the Wesht.

Ceardlann Craft & Design Centre, Spiddal, Galway // more here

Galway Insider Guides

Drink – Pádraicíns

For a traditional Irish ‘failte’, head to Pádraicíns. You can enjoy a pint (or three) in the comfort of their maritime-themed lounge, or head out to their beer garden to soak up the salty air. They also have some tasty grub, if you’re lookin’.

Furbo, Galway // more here

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Shop – 2 Wild Geese

2 Wild Geese is a one stop shop for unique and artistic purchases. When you step inside the door, you’ll find local art prints, homeware, and ceramics, all designed and created by local talent. Each piece has tonnes of hard work, imagination and love poured into it, so while you buy a memento of the West, you’ll be supporting a local artist. Nice one.

Unit 12, Level 1, Corbett Court Shopping Centre, Galway // more here

Galway Insider Guides

Sleep – Clifden Station House Hotel

Smack bang in the centre of Connemara, the Station House offers the perfect base for your getaway. Built from the original railway station, the hotel’s atmosphere and character are unrivalled. Offering large self-catering apartments as well as cosy hotel rooms, the grounds will leave you wanting to extend your stay.

Clifden, Connemara, Galway // more here 

Galway Insider Guides

Do – Tom O’Hawks

Up for a challenge? How does pelting a big aul axe at a big slab of wood sound? For a high-energy day out like no other, head to Tom O’Hawks indoor axe throwing. Whether it’s for a hen or stag, a birthday or just a day out with your mates, axe throwing is the new darts.

Galway Glamping, Brooklodge Demesne, Ballyglunin, Tuam, Galway // more here


We’ll update this piece on a regular basis with some of our favourite places to hang around in the gorgeous city of Galway, so watch this space.