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Dublin-Galway Road Trip

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Dublin-Galway Road Trip

hello trippers,

i will be going to ireland for a 7-day adventure in november. i will be renting a car and want to do the most scenic drive from dublin to galway.

i would like to arc through either the north or south and stop in points of interest along the way. any suggestions for stops?

also...i hear that galway is a great place for young people who like to party, is there anyone who can recommend some nightlife??

i've been researching the trip for awhile, but i feel deluged with options. any help would be appreciated.


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1. Re: Dublin-Galway Road Trip

hi ERTG,

I just got back a couple of weeks ago. We did Galway area, Wicklow area, and Dubin; you will have a blast! Wicklow Mnts (south of dublin) are unbelievably scenic. A lovely drive. Clonmacnoise was an excellent diversion midway between Galway and Dublin for us. I'm afraid that's the extent of my advice on scenic-drives from one coast to the other. Most of the way we took major highways (wider, faster roads). Still pretty countryside, but certainly not ''scenic" like what we enjoyed in Connemara or Wicklow.

Galway certainly seemed like a great big party on the weekend we were there. We sat outside the Quay pub and watched the parade. Then we ventured inside for a pint and an evening of much enjoyment. I think you will find the full range of party spots in Galway, from dark pubs to hip dance-clubs; certainly something will meet your needs.

Have a great time!

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Re. Galway - it is a great place for people young and older. you get a bit of everything. It certainly is a party town - its even known as party town with the Irish.

For the younger - plenty of nightlife, and nightclubs - and superpubs. The most popular nightclub would be Central Park (CP's) right in the middle of the town on Abbeygate Street. There are other nightclubs - about 3 around the town also. Plenty of superpubs where the young people tend to congregate. Head to Quay St. High Street in town for Busker Browns, The Front Door, The Quays, King's Head and right around the corner, The Living Room. All of these are very close together so once you find one you can bar hop to the others if you like.

Re. eating out - again Quay Street is one of the best options - loads of restaurants here, Martines Quay St. Restaurant, KC Blakes, Kirwans, McDonaghs (seafood), Pierre Victoires, O Riordans - something for every taste. Gets very crowded on weekends.

Also, there are other quieter bars for older folks, Spanish Arch Hotel, Bunch of Grapes, Freeneys (mixture), Murphys, Ti Coli, Taaffes, Garavans, - and all this before you even head up to the Eyre Square part of town.

The most livliest and atmospheric street would be Quay St/High street in galway.

Then you have Salthill (1 mile from Galway) - lovely beach, Warwick Hotel (for great nightclub for all ages basically), Robertos (authentic Italian restaurant) Schooners (great lunches and dinners - above the aquarium), plenty of pubs , Leisureland centre (pool, some amusements), and plenty of casinos.

Galway is definitely a party town and you won't be disppointed. If the night is clear and dry, don't expect to be able to walk up Quay St High St easily - it gets mobbed with people drinking outside instead of inside, music going, busking, you name it - it's great.

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3. Re: Dublin-Galway Road Trip

How about letting us know how long you want to stay in Galway (plenty to do and see around there) but it would be worth your while planning your trip there around the south and then around the north (maybe one night each way?). We'll be able to give you more advise then.