County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands

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  • 1. Cathedral of St. Fachtna

    Beside the Burren Centre in Kilfenora, the ruins of a small 12th-century church, once the Cathedral of St. Fachtna, have been partially restored as a...Read More

  • 2. Cliffs of Moher Walking Trail

    Avoid the tourist buses and take the lesser-seen view of the Cliffs of Moher by following the trail from Doolin to Liscannor. From Fisher Street...Read More

  • 3. Poulnabrone Megalithic Tomb

    The biggest and most famous of the Burren's megalithic tombs, Poulnabrone ("the hole of sorrows") is a portal grave/dolmen with a massive capstone and a...Read More

  • 4. Quin Abbey

    Set in a meadow by a crystal clear river in the heart of the village and beside the ruin of St. Mary’s Church, Quin Abbey...Read More

  • 5. Coole-Garryland Nature Reserve

    Coole Park was once the home of Lady Augusta Gregory (1859–1932), patron of W. B. Yeats and cofounder with the poet of Dublin's Abbey Theatre....Read More

  • 6. Galway Cathedral

    Nun's Island

    Dominating Galway City's skyline for more than half a century with its massive, green, copper dome, Galway Cathedral's hulking brick exterior has had a mixed...Read More

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  • 7. Galway City Museum

    Spanish Arch

    The city's civic museum, housed in a modern building behind the Spanish Arch, contains materials relating to local history: old photographs, antiquities (the oldest is...Read More

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  • 8. Lynch's Castle

    Center

    Lynch's Castle, once the stronghold of Galway's ruling family, dates back to 1600. These days it's occupied by a branch of a local bank, making...Read More

  • 9. Magh Adhair

    Wander off the beaten path to discover the inauguration site of Ireland’s greatest king, Brian Boru. Weaving through narrow country lanes, Magh Adhair appears to...Read More

  • 10. Mooghaun Hill Fort

    This prehistoric hill fort, once populated with the most powerful chieftains in the region, is the largest of its kind in Ireland. It commands a...Read More

  • 11. NUI Galway

    University

    Thanks in part to its central location, NUI Galway has become an inextricable part of Galway life since its construction in 1845, as only a...Read More

  • 12. The Claddagh and Katie’s Cottage and Arts Centre

    On the west bank of the Corrib Estuary, this district was once an Irish-speaking fishing village outside the walls of the old town. The name...Read More

  • 13. The Hall of the Red Earl

    Center

    Galway's Custom's House discovered a hoard of artifacts in its foundation, which revealed the site's significant past, as the palace of Ricard de Burgo, an...Read More

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