My wife and I are looking at booking a 3 night, 4 day trip to the Galway area at the end of July.
What we would like to know is, should we base ourselves in Galway city and tour from there each day or travel arould staying in a different hotel or b&b each night?
So far the following is what we were thinking of doing, but we would really appreciate some advise from a few people who are more familiar with the Galway area.
Day1. Travel from N Ireland to Galway city via Armagh, Monaghan, Cavan, Athlone, Galway. Probably stop somewhere and have a picnic, weather permitting, and spend a few hours in the late afternoon looking around the city. Any suggestions where to have dinner then a few pints listening to some traditional music. Not into fine dining. Would prefer good quality pub grub type food.
Day 2. Leave around 9.30am. N59 to Clifden. Drive around the Sky road loop and rejoin the N59 to Letterfrack. Stop at the Connemara National Park. Visit Kylemore Abbey. R345 to Cong. N84 south back to Galway. Suggestion for dinner in Salthill, then go to the "Trad on the Prom" in Galway Bay Hotel.
Day 3. Leave Galway around 10am. N18/N67 Kinvarra to Ballyvaghan. R477 to Lisdoonvarna. R478/N67 to Kilkee/Kilrush. N68 to Ennis. R476/R460 to Gort. N18 back to Galway. Any suggestions where to have dinner then a few pints listening to some traditional music.
Day 4. Leave Galway around 10am. N17 north to Tuam/Tobercurry/Sligo (is the N83 north out of Tuam and then rejoin the N17 a nicer drive?) N16 towards Enniskillen and home.
We enjoy driving, taking in the sights, and a few stops for lunch, gift/craft shops etc. Not to worried about spending a lot of time on organized tours etc.
I'll take ANY advise/direction form all you knowledgable TA members, including good places to eat, good b&b's or hotels etc.
Many thanks in anticipation.