Galway is one of Ireland’s leading visitor destinations. It is one of the places in Ireland which is known all over the world. More than 1.5 million overseas visitors come to County Galway annually.
Galway City is a lively vibrant spot with lots of activities, shops, restaurants, pubs, hotels and entertainment.It is a city of culture music, theatre and the arts. It is full of old streets with lots of shops, restaurants and pubs.
It is home to the famous Galway Arts Festival and the world renowned Galway Races.
Galway City is located on Galway Bay (made famous in the song) and the suburb of Salthill is a long-established and popular seaside resort.
The county is full of historical sites and some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery is in Connemara. The Irish language (Gaelic) is spoken as the first language in large parts of west Galway (The Gaeltacht).
The rugged coastline with its numerous islands and inlets is on the Wild Atlantic Way and the mountain ranges in that area include the Twelve Bens.
The county is home to some of Ireland’s largest lakes including Lough Corrib, Lough Derg and Lough Mask. The lakes and rivers in County Galway ensure that it is a great county for fishing. Angling for salmon and trout is a popular sport and deep sea fishing off the coast is also popular.
Connemara National Park is an area of great beauty, diverse wildlife and home to the Connemara Pony. It is one of the favourite destinations of visitors to Galway and much favoured by hill walkers.