one of the largest cities in Ireland, Galway certainly has its fair
share of historic sites. Situated on the west coast, its history
dates back over 800 years, and by booking yourself into a local
you will be able to explore some of its medieval history, and then
some, affordably. Base yourself in the city of Galway and you will be
in the perfect place to discover what the city, and its surroundings,
has to hold. Some of the historic highlights include:
Castle, two miles south of Oughterard, is home to the ‘Ferocious
O’Flaherty’s’ and has been around since the 16th
century. Located on the shores of Lough Corrib, it’s a six-story
tower house that remains in excellent condition, 500 years since its
dolmen, which is a type of Neolithic portal tomb, was excavated back
in 1968 and was found to be the resting place of up to 22 adults and
6 children. It can be found in The Burren, County Clare, just a
short drive away.
Castle stands on the shore of Galway Bay and has been completely
restored, so that visitors can enjoy it both during the day, and
during the evenings, too. Medieval
are organised regularly from April until October – a great,
alternative way to enjoy the castle.
Aonghasa can be found on the Inishmore, of the Aran Islands,
overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and as far as karst landscapes go,
the Aran Islands are up there with the best of them. Dun Aonghasa is
the largest of the prehistoric forts on the Aran Islands. It’s
believed to have been built during the Iron Age, and not only
presents incredible history, but also phenomenal views.
is certainly not an exhaustive list of historic sites in and around
Galway, but it’s a great start! Take a step back in time with your
trip and explore this stunning part of Ireland this summer.