Insider’s Guide to Galway #4

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.

If you’re planning a bit of a road trip out as far as Connemara, make sure to hit up these spots for a guaranteed good time. We wouldn’t lead you astray.

Misunderstood Heron


This award-winning food truck serves up the delicious flavours of Connemara in an al fresco dining experience like no other. You’ll be tucking into a tasty meal or slurping back a warm cup of coffee while enjoying the stunning views of the Killary Fjord. Their ever-changing menu is always filled with flavourful and local ingredients that are sure to have your mouth watering. So do yourself a favour and stop in for a cuppa and a chat.

Derrynacleigh, Leenaun, Co. Galway // more here

Lowrys Bar


A pint in the capital of Connemara is a must, and Lowry’s Bar’s old school charm is sure to suck you in. The friendly atmosphere coupled with the reverberation of the live traditional tunes will make you feel like a local, even though you may be just passing through. When you’re out, you’re out so you may as well sample their renowned whiskey selection… it would be rude not to!

Market St, Clifden, Galway // more here

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If you fancy getting the whole family kitted out in matching Aran woollies, Standún have got all the quality knitwear, gifts and accessories your heart could ever desire. To sweeten the deal, they have also got a cosy little cafe right in the centre of their store where they serve up an array of delicious homemade treats. Everything you could need, all under one roof.

Connemara Coast Road, Spiddal,  Galway // more here



What better way to soak up the beautiful scenery of Connemara than by zip lining across the 300 acre Delphi forest? For all the adrenaline junkies and outdoor adventure lovers, Delphi Resort has got a wide range of land and water activities to get your blood pumping. Surfing in Louisburgh, coasteering in Westport, kayaking on the Killary Fjord and a whole lot more. Whether it’s a family holiday or a day out with your mates, Delpli will get your heart racing.

Delphi Resort, Leenane, Galway // more here

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel


After a hectic day of activity, you’ll need a place to rest your head. Sleep like a King (or Queen) in the luxurious halls of Ballynahinch Castle. Set in a private 700 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara, this authentic and unpretentious Castle Hotel stands proudly overlooking it’s famous salmon fishery, with a backdrop of the beautiful 12 Bens Mountain range. You’ll feel more than refreshed when wake up to the sound of the river meandering past your window.

Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara, Galway // more here