A magical weekend in Galway and Connemara

For some of our French friends’ second to last weekend, we decided to visit the beautiful city of Galway. As we were a group of ten participants, both Spanish and French, it needed a little bit of organisation. 

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We booked a dorm for ten people in a youth hostel named Nimmo’s Hostel, the cheapest one we found in Galway. We only paid €15 each for the night: well for that price we didn’t expect a lot, of course it’s not the best hostel in the world nor the cleanest, but it was very good for one night. The biggest advantage of that hostel is its location, it is near the city centre so very convenient to go out at night 😉
 

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As we were too young to rent a car (you have to be at least 25 years old to rent and drive a car in Ireland), we had to go there by bus, and we chose the company Citylink. So we left Cork on Saturday morning at 8:15, under the rain, and arrived in Galway at 11:00, under the rain, of course. I’m going to say it now, if you go to Galway I hope you’ll be luckier than us: the rain didn’t stop at all during the whole day. But in Ireland if you wait for the rain to stop to enjoy your day and go out of your room you will wait forever. So we tried to brave the pouring rain and visit the city centre in the afternoon.
 

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 (No, we’re not lying about the rain, but this photo was taken on Sunday 😉 )

Galway is a small city but very beautiful. It seems more typical Irish city than Cork, with its cobbled and lively streets. After that, we decided to take a walk along the seaside and on Salthill promenade: it is gorgeous, but I’m pretty sure we’d have enjoyed it better with sunny weather.

After our walk along the seaside we had to nearly run back to the hostel to get a change of clothes and get a little warmer, we were soaking wet and to get ready to go to a party in a Galway pub!

Check out the video we made about our day in Galway!

On Sunday, we wanted to visit Connemara. We had booked a tour with Galway Tour Company for 20€ (with a student’s discount) which started at 10:00, and was supposed to be back to Galway at 18:00. We had a very funny driver/tour guide, who was really eager to let us know everything about the history of the places we were seeing. And as you can see on the photos below, the weather was awesome !
 

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Our first stop was at Kylemore abbey, for 2 hours: unfortunately, the entrance price was not included in the price of the tour and we had to pay an extra 8€. But it was really worth it, the abbey is beautiful but the best part was the huge gardens which were awesome.

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Then we had two photo stops to admire the amazing landscapes of Connemara, but they were only 5 minutes stops and way too short for us…

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We also stopped in Cong village for 30 minutes, where the movie “The Quiet Man” was shot, and in Ross Errily Friary, which was a very nice place to visit.

Our only regret? Not being able to rent cars because we were under 25 years old. But if you have the possibility of renting one, it would be the best solution so you can choose where you want to stop, and you can stay as long as you want in the places you like. But a day tour is also a good option, because you can learn more about the places you will see and visit.

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