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Knockma Hill walking trail is a looped trail just outside Galway city. At the summit, you will see panoramic views across the surrounding area. In addition, while getting there, you will traipse through gorgeous native Irish woodland. All the while surrounded by legend. Interested in trying out Knockma Hill Walking Trail? Keep reading!

Where is Knockma Hill? Woods and Walking Trail in Galway

Knockma Hill and walking Trail is just 30 Km from Galway city and takes about 40 minutes by car. Tuam is just 13 minutes away, so from that area, it is just 13 minutes drive.

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History of Knockma Hill – Knockma Hill Walking Trail Galway

Knockma Hill has a pretty mysterious and interesting history.

Firstly, you may have heard of Queen Maeve. If not, she was the queen of Connaught. So, Maeve is supposedly buried at the top of Knocknarea Hill in Sligo. BUT don’t say that to a Galwegian. Because some claim that Maeve is buried at the summit of Knockma Hill.

Although more interestingly (to me anyway!) this hill is also believed to be where the king of fairies – “Finvarra” held court. Yep, that’s right! Legend tells that this hill is steeped in magic and mystery. The hill is said to hide an entrance to the “underworld” and connects the faires with it – through the cracks and crevices in the ground.  You will see lots of hints of fairies in the woods, for example, the multiple fairy doors.

In addition, a scene from a movie I have never seen – “Alfred The Great”, was filmed at this location in 1968.

Finally, when visiting, you will notice a memorial for Colonel Patrick Kelly. Patrick was an American Civil War Officer and Commander of “The Irish Brigade” and was killed in Virginia in 1964. His family home is located nearby although he emigrated to the US and the memorial has been erected for this reason.

Knockma Hill Walking Trail – All you need to know about the trails

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This trail is a looped trail but is actually made up of 4 separate trails:

Forest Loop (3.6 km)

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The forest loop starts in the carpark and is the longest trail of the loop. It brings you up through a tree-covered road and right into Knockma woods. This was one of my favourite parts of the trail. Although you don’t have the same expansive views, you are emersed in the green canopy. There are hints of fairies all around with fairy doors to be found at the base of some trees.

What species of trees will you see?

The woods is lovely and is made up of Hazel, Oak and Ash trees which is great to see. As most Coillte woods is made up of non-native like Sitka Spruce

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Avenue Loop (2Km)

This trail is not actually part of the loop but is a straight trail that leads away from the hill and back again.

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Finvara’s Trail (1KM)

Now, this is the part of the trail with gateways to the otherworld. For reals though, the area is very much like the Burren. You emerge from tree cover to the top of the hill and exposed limestone. It is through these clints and grikes in the rock that is said to be the entrance to the underworld.

It is this part of the walk where you will have amazing panoramic views over Galway.  While luckily, there are benches perfectly placed on the trail to sit back and take it all in.

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Queen Maeve Trail (300m)

This short 300m trail veers off Finvara Trail for a bit to go up around the “burial” place of Queen Maeve. This takes only a couple of minutes before you join back up with the blue trail again.

When doing the trail, I did the full loop – half of the forest trail, joining Finvara’s trail and then Maeve’s trail, finally coming back by the loop.

Map of Knockma Hill – How to get there

Knockma Hill Facts

How High is Knockma Hill? 170m High

How Long is the Knockma Hill Walking Trail? The trail is a 4km looped trail.  Although I know what is the next question that comes to mind 😉

How Long does it take to walk the Knockma Hill Walking Trail? It takes ~1 hour although this really depends on your fitness, and how often you stop to take pictures and appreciate the views (every two minutes if you’re like me!).

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Is Knockma Hill Walking Trail suitable for Children?

Yes it certainly is! Although not suitable for buggies/pushchairs or those with mobility issues, it is definitely a great spot to take the kids. There are lots of features to interest and excite the little ones along the way.

DEFINITELY keep an eye out for fairies. In fact,  might spot fairy doors throughout the woods. So keep your eyes peeled for the fluttering of wings through the trees. There is even a fairy school – yep fairies gotta go to school too!

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Other information about Knockma Galway – FAQ

As mentioned, there are some benches placed along each of the routes and beautiful scenic places. Be sure to make the most of that. Sit down and take some slow deep breaths and just enjoy where you are.

Is the hill wheelchair accessible?

The hill goes through the woods and up steep graveled paths

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Is the trail difficult?

Although I would not describe this trail as difficult, there are some steep inclines

Facilities – Are there toilets, parking?

There is free parking, no toilets

Can you visit Casle Hackett House?

Yes. Castle Hackett house was built by John Kirwan – LordC  Mayor of Galway – in 1703. It was partially destroyed and burned down during the civil war in 1923 but was rebuilt again by the Kirwan family. The family occupied the property for almost 300 years. It is now accommodation available for booking.

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Views Along the route:

  • The Castle Hackett Tower House at the start of the route
  • Woodland scenery
  • Views over Galway
  • Castle hackett house – a 19th-century building that was occupied until the mid-1980s. Now accommodation.

COVID restrictions:

Due to COVID, the route is currently a 1-way anticlockwise route only. This is great as it means you are not constantly meeting people coming the opposite way. There are signs along the way to show you where to go.

In summary, this route is a great walk! I hope this post was helpful to you. If you visit, comment below to tell me how you get on!

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Image of me taken by Eoghan Bell 

Stuff to do near Knockma Hill including walking trails Galway:

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Rosscahill Woods | Quiet and peaceful woodland in Galway

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Just Because:

Why Galway is better than Dublin | Galway city Vs Dublin city

 

Most people have a clear preference of which place they prefer in IrelandGalway or Dublin. This may be a pretty controversial one BUT, I’m going to tell you why Galway is better than Dublin. In fact, I’ll tell you why Galway is the best city in Ireland 😀

Galway is the Cultural Capital of Ireland

Ohhh guys I’m starting with a big one! For sure this is Galway’s biggest selling point! For those of you who don’t know, Dublin may be the capital of Ireland, but Galway is the Cultural Capital. That’s right, Galway city is absolutely buzzing with everything that makes Ireland, Ireland!  

You’ll find alll the craic, the Irish language, Irish festivals and folklore. I mean for christ’s sake you will find a leprechaun standing on shop street all day in the summer just waiting to get a photo with you.

Amazing festivals take part every week for example the famous international arts festival.

You will hear Irish spoken on the streets around you. And there are endless pubs to visit.

I mean the city is hosting the European capital of culture for 2020 so that says it all.

Galway has the best atmosphere – Galway VS Dublin

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When I think of Dublin city, I think of people rushing around, walking as fast as they can through the streets, glued to their phones and getting to their next destination. The atmosphere is colder.

How to jump to Galway. How do you even compare it? As well as cultural capital, the city is bathed in bohemian vibes that every visitor falls in love with.

It feels like Galway is one long 24/7 festival. There is music always drifting through the streets, there are crowds of people milling around and if there is sun, you will find every patch of grass occupied by groups of people drinking, laughing and having the craic.

Life is a lot slower in Galway. People walk slower, they are not rushing and focused on where they need to get, they just enjoy walking around the city. The relaxed vibes emanate from the cobbled streets of the Latin quarter.

It is such a happy atmosphere in the streets coupled with amazing performers enticing walkers by to stop and enjoy the entertainment.

People in Galway are Friendlier – why Galway is better than Dublin

To me, I walk through Dublin and find that most people are just busy. I feel as though someone could knock into you and not even take the time for a second glance. You definitely don’t get smiles off strangers on the street.

Walking through the streets of Galway you will be met with friendly faces. You just can’t be unhappy in here. You will be sure to get chatting to shop owners or people sitting next to you at Spanish Arch.

Get ready to make new friends in Tigh Neachtains or whatever pub you choose to visit. It’s going to happen!

Galway has the best pubs

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Speaking of pubs. When you ask a visitor to Ireland what is their favourite pub in Dublin is, you know what they say? Yep, the temple bar. 99% of tourists will have the same answer.

Now ask a person who has visited Galway what their favourite pub is. You will be met with an endless array of answers. Galway is for sure one of the best cities in Ireland for nightlife too.

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From Tigh Neachtains to The Quays,  The Dail Bar to O’Connors and Taffes. Every pub in Galway is loved by tourists and natives alike, and for good reason.

Galway is more compact – Which do you prefer, Galway or Dublin?

In Galway, there is so much more stuff in such a small area. The City Centre is super compact, but in a good way. Everything is within walking distance. Even the nearby Salthill and the beach is just a 25-minute walk from the city centre.

We’ve all stayed in Dublin and got back to our hotels and collapsed on the bed, feet throbbing having dragged ourselves around the city all day. Not in Galway though!

Galway has constant festivals – another reason why Galway is better than Dublin

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There are constant festivals in Galway year-round for you to enjoy. In fact, there there are at least 13 major festivals, just in the summer alone. Yep, Galway is mad for a good festival.  Dublin has ~13 major festivals in an entire year.

Need convincing, where do we begin?

  • Galway International Arts Festival
  • Galway Westend’s Street Feast
  • Galway Film Fleadh
  • Macnas
  • The Food Festival
  • The Oyster Festival

Galway is prettier than Dublin

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Galway is a maze of cobbled streets full of character, colour, fun shops and pubs. The entire city is picturesque with extra beautiful scenery along the River Corrib and the canal.

Remnants of its medieval past can be seen scattered around the centre. From the popular Spanish arch, the old city walls and of course, the charming Latin quarter.

Sure Dublin has nice spots but just doesn’t have the charm of the West of Ireland.

Galway has beautiful Islands just off the Coast

There are amazing islands just a short boat journey from the city. Just off the coast, you have incredibly scenic Aran Islands. Off the West coast of Galway you also have Inish Turk and Inishbofin.

When you head off the coast in Dublin, your nearest landmass is the UK!

Galway is Cheaper Than Dublin

They say money makes the world go round right? Well, the cost of living in Galway city is 28% lower than in Dubin. Can’t argue with that!

The commuter towns like Barna, Spiddal and Ougherard are sooo lovely and charming and are more affordable again, BUT are still close to the city and have so much character.

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GALWAY IS HOME TO THE ORIGINAL SUPERMACS – Galway VS Dublin

Galway is the real home to Supermacs.

So for those of you who don’t know, Supermacs is Ireland’s own version of McDonald’s – just a lot better (ohhh this post is full of controversial topics isn’t it!)! Although the first one was in Ballinasloe, Galway, the one on Eyre Square is huge and is where you will find half the city after a night out.

Galway has some of the HAPPIEST people in the country

Galway people are happy people. In fact, in a study done by NUIG, a whole 98% of people were happy with the quality here. I mean normally you can’t please everybody, but in Galway, it’s a different story!

Finally, The West is BEST

Okay, so we all know west is best. The west of Ireland is straight out of a landscape calendar with endless green countryside and rugged wild coastline. Not only that, from Galway City is smack bang in the middle of it. Perfectly positioned halfway through the Wild Atlantic Way. You don’t have far to go to see any of it. Just a stone’s throw away is never-ending beautiful sandy beaches, from Salthill just off the city, to Silver Strand and right the way out to Connemara, with Gems like Dog’s Bay.

You have everything from the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara national park with Diamond Hill, Cliften and the beautiful scenic Sky road drive, amazing beaches

Beat that Dublin.

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Ahhh Dublin is Okay though

Now just so I won’t upset too many people, Dublin has its good things too.. just not as many as Galway (:P)

Why you might think Dublin is better than Galway

  • better transport links – although Galway is so compact you don’t need the same level of transport!
  • close to the main airport – Galway is not far from Shannon airport
  • more things like shops and cinemas – BUT Galway now has a very luxurious Omniplex in Salthill with leather electric reclinable seats. Restaurant and bar is due to open next year too – delivered right to your seat. Ya love to see it!
  • More jobs and pay more. Can’t really argue with that one!

Okay guys hope this doesn’t offend too many people! I may be biased as I’ve lived in Galway for years, so why not tell me in the comments below what you think?! Galway VS Dublin? which do you prefer?? If you wana fight your side of the battle, comment below

If you like my images, be sure to check out my Instagram 🙂

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Diamond Hill Hike | Amazing Hike in Galway Ireland

Sky Road Drive | Scenic Drive in Connemara Galway Ireland

Just picture this; walking through Galway’s winding cobbled streets with the sounds of people enjoying the city in the air. Lively Irish music drifting onto the street through ajar doors of the many pubs. The sun shining down while you watch the street performers and make your way to sit in the warmth at the Spanish Arch. What could make this experience even better? Ice cream. Ice cream makes everything better. I am so excited to tell you about my favourite, and the best ice cream in Galway City.

The Best Ice Cream in Galway City

 

Scrumdiddys – Definitely some of the Best Ice Cream in Galway City

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Scrumdiddlys is  my absolute favourite place to grab ice cream in Galway currently. They serve absolutely deliiiightful ice cream with more toppings to choose from than you could ever imagine. In fact, there are 7000 combinations you could pick from in total – I hope you’re good at decision making!

I am going to admit something that will make you question the type of person I am. I don’t like 99s – there I said it. To explain, what is a 99? Whip (Soft serve) ice cream in a cone – with a Cadburys flake. I don’t like plain ice cream.

However, Scrumdiddlys has converted me! My favourite is the “Scrum Fiteroles” special. It’s whip ice cream with fresh cream profiteroles, strawberries and heavenly Cadburys melted sauce. My mouth waters just thinking about it. Take a look at the featured image of this post and feast your eyes on this beauty!

There will be queues, but it’s worth it for the big portions, affordable prices, and delicious ice cream with whatever topping you wish. It’s no wonder Scrumdiddlys is spreading across the country.

Where is Scrumdiddlys Galway?

Scrumdiddlys is in the Latin Quarter on middle street. Less than a minutes walk from Shop Street.

Opening hours of Scrumdiddlys Galway

Scrumdiddlys generally open 12 am – 8 pm. 9 pm on weekends. For up to date opening hours however, always check facebook.

If you are a food lover like me, check out this other post: Cool Places to Eat in Galway

Ginos Gelato – Delicious Gelato in Galway City

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Ginos Gelato is an Irish owned ice cream parlour that makes fresh authentic Italian ice cream inspired by their Italian roots. Indeed, Ginos Gelato came to be in the 1960s as an ice cream stand. They are now nationwide and ever-expanding.

With every flavour you could ever dream up, from creamy chocolate rocher to berry cheesecake. Not only that, there are also waffles, crepes and milkshakes to choose from too. I’ve recently started getting the milkshakes and they are just heavenly on a warm day and so full of flavour.

Be it blue skies or a rainy day in winter, there is always a queue for Ginos Gelato and that says it all!

Where is Ginos Gelato in Galway?

It is perfectly situated at the Eyre Square side of Shop Street. The ideal place to stop off and grab some gelato before going exploring the city.

Ginos Opening hours?

Ginos Gelato tends to be open late – until 10 pm most nights. In fact, for full opening hours of Ginos Gelato, always check the facebook page.

Murphys – one of the best places for Ice cream in Galway city

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Ah Murphys, everything about this place screams Irish. From the uniforms complete with a Paddy cap, to the crazy unique flavours Murphys is known for. That’s right, flavours include Irish Brown Bread, Irish Coffee and Dingle Gin!  Yep, get ready for an unforgettable and quirky experience.

Irish Brown Bread ice cream may sound disgusting but I can hand-on-heart assure you it’s delicious! Brown bread coated in sugar and caramelized, and mixed with ice cream. Mmmmm I’ll take 5.

The staff are known for being so incredibly friendly and polite (the gift of the gab just be a CV requirement for applying for a job here!) and are always found outside offering samples of the distinct flavours. Murphys opened it’s doors in 2000 in Dingle and is now in 5 locations.

Murphys Ice cream is made in Dingle with milk from Kerry cows and the company are staying close to their goal of “making the best ice cream in the world”.

Where is Murphys Icecream in Galway?

Murphys is in arguably the best part of the city. Surrounded by pubs and delicious restaurants on High Street.

Want to know more? For Murphys Ice Cream opening hours and anything else you need to know, here is the link for their Facebook.

Kenny Joes Gelato – Galway City

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Kenny Joes Gelato has a flavour to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth. Including crunchy caramel, black oreo and Jaffa cake. There’s also a whole menu to choose from with ice cream, smoothies, shakes, crepes and mmmm freshly made doughnuts!

The premises is little more than a stone archway but you won’t miss it. Especially after dark with it’s fun colourful decor and neon signs.

Where is Kenny Joes?

Kenny Joes can also be found on High street

For more information see the Facebook page.

Bubble Bee – My wild card for Ice cream in Galway

Bubble Bee is my wild card. OoOoOh! It isn’t actually an ice cream parlour but a cafe known for their stunning and exquisite desserts. The menu includes coffee, bubble tea, food, milkshakes and of course the one worth mentioning here, is the very popular bubble waffles with ice cream.

Check out their Facebook page to see images of their wonderful creations as well as opening hours.

Where is Bubble Bee Galway?

 

So there you have it

5 of the best ice cream places in Galway city. Enjoy making your way through these! Do you think I missed out on somewhere special? Let me know in the comments, I’d be more than happy to go sampling more ice cream places .. for educational purposes of course 😉

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For the Best food, definitely check out my “Coolest Places to Eat in Galway“.

 

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When I think of Ireland attractions, one of the first thing that comes to Ireland is visiting the Cliffs of Moher. In fact, it is the most naturally occurring visited attraction in the country. The second visited attraction overall. I can completely see why, what with the crashing waves in the waters below, the swooping birds chirping away and the jaw-dropping cliffs themselves.

Let’s not lie, we all love to get a good Instagram picture. Whether you admit it or not, you feel that buzz of joy with every like notification. Luckily, Galway is the most picturesque city filled with Instagrammable Places. With narrow criss-crossing cobbled streets, colourful street art, and medieval architecture. The whole city is heaving with atmosphere and more importantly, places to make your gram stand out.

It won’t be hard to start wracking up those likes with these Insagrammable places in Galway City:

But first, What does Instagrammable mean?

Instagrammable basically just means anything that is worth posting on Instagram. But in recent years, this definition has really developed into a whole lot more.

As well as referring to anything worth posting on the gram, it means photogenic, attractive and generally, following some Instagram trend – A mysterious girl from the back in a beautiful location, a flat lay of a cup of coffee in a cafe. You know it when you see it!

Instagram is now influencing so much in our lives from our outfits, to our holiday destinations. I mean, people have always wanted to wear nice clothes and visit scenic places, but Instagram has taken this to the next level. So are you ready for your Instagram fix in Galway?

Let’s get into some of the most Instagrammable places in Galway City. 

*BUT FIRST, if you would be interesting in taking a tour of Galway’s Instagrammable spots with a Galway photographer and Instagrammer to really up your game, check out the end of the post for Insta Tours Galway*

Instagrammable Walls and murals:

Kelsey Montague Mural – Instagrammable Angel Wings Galway City

What says Instagram more than wall murals? Well just on Eyre Square you’ll find stunning wings painted on a wall beside O’Connell’s bar. These were painted by Kelsey Montague. Kelsey is a US artist and has left her artwork in cities all over the world.

The Wings in Galway are part of her “What Lifts You” campaign. The idea is to take a picture at the wings and post it along with what inspires you most. Such a beautiful idea. And there you go, an Instagrammable place in Galway, as well as the caption, sorted all-in-one!

This is the only work done by Kelsey in Ireland, so get Instagramming! My shot will be coming soon.

Streets

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The Long Walk

The Long Walk is an iconic row of houses along Galway Bay in the Claddagh area of Galway City. It’s sometimes described as the most photographed street in Galway. While I’m not sure if that’s true, it certainly would be close. It screams Instagram with its row of cute coloured, uneven-sized houses along the waterfront.

*This street also features heavily in Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl Video – Check back for a post of all the other locations in the video soon.

So, get your creative juices flowing with a stroll down the Long Walk where you’re bound to get that shot for the gram.

Quay Street, Cross Street & Shop Street – Instagrammable Streets in Galway

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The linear walk from pedestrian shop street to High Street, Quay Street and perpendicular Cross Street is undoubtedly the most walked and most popular streets of the city. Each street bleeds into the next. The cobbled and paved pedestrian path is so charming and picturesque. And on a summers day, the atmosphere is infections. My uncle once said “you can’t walk down shop street without smiling”, and it’s true.

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This is probably the most Instagrammable place in Galway and you will see cameras and phones snapping away in every direction. Bustling with tourists, buskers, music, colorful shopfronts and flags; it really is the heart and essence of Galway city. A trip to Galway City would not be complete without getting an Instagram here.

The Canal Walk – Instagrammable Walk in Galway

The Canal Walk is a short, but pretty walk placed between the canal and the river Corrib, winding its way along the edge of the city. It starts at the stone archway beside the born clothing store near the Salmon Weir bridge. You can follow it right along to the Claddagh, coming out at the Wolfe Tone Bridge.

There are Instagrammable locations the whole way along the walk but there is one specific place id recommend. Just before coming up at Bridge Street halfway through the walk, you will get perfect views of the river passing under the bridge and a canal pouring in from the other side. Such an Instagrammable place in Galway!

Medieval Galway

Galway has a strong history and is the only medieval city in Connacht. There are great instagrammable places in the city reflecting this past.

Spanish Arch

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No one knows for sure where the name came from. The Spanish Arch likely received its name due to the Spanish boats that were in and out of the bay regularly. The archway still stands and is the entranceway to the long walk.

It is an extremely Instagrammable place in Galway with the archway and the piece of quay jutting out into the river beside it being popular with locals and tourists alike for sitting and taking in the views.

The Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter is one of the oldest parts of the city that encompasses its medieval past. It is undoubtedly the most picturesque part of Galway and definitely the most instagrammable. It takes in some places already mentioned like Quay Street and Cross Street but another instrammable place in the Latin quarter is Kirwan’s lane.

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Other Instagrammable places in Galway

The Claddagh – Instagrammable places in Galway City

The Claddagh was once a separate fishing village and the oldest area of the city. it’s close to the city centre being just a couple minutes walk away. In its day, the area was lined with thatched cottages but sadly these are gone now.

It is so beautiful at sunset and a great place to get your camera out. In summer you’ll find every inch of ground occupied. As the place is thronged with people, drinking along the water enjoying the sun.

The Claddagh ring also originated here over 400 years ago.

Galway Cathedral

The cathedral stands bold along the River Corrib and although not religious myself, I can’t deny that it makes for a great photograph. With the Salmon Weir Bridge and the canal and river running in front, you are sure to get that Instagram shot.

Blackrock Diving Board Salthill – Insgrammable spot

While not technically part of the city, Salthill diving board can not be left out of instagrammable places in Galway. In the nearby village of Salthill just 1.4 km from the city, it is walking distance along the beautiful coast.

The diving board is for sure the most instagrammed part of Salthill. Whether there are people queuing down the steps to jump off in summer or the angry waves are hurling themselves over the top of it in winter, it’s a great place to get some shots.

Although originally rejected when being built, it’s now the most iconic spot in Salthill.

Map of Instagrammable Places in Galway

Luckily with Galway being such a small city, all the attractions are super close together and are walkable distance from one another. You can see all the instagrammable places in Galway in a short space of time and while exploring the rest of the city. Below is a map of the way I recommend you see them:

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While you can visit these locations in any order you wish, I’ve put this together to be the most efficient way to see the Instagrammable places in the city. I also considered the time of day and business while making the map. I recommend going early before it is too busy. From *quiet* Eyre Square in the morning, you can walk out and back in to the city, stopping off at Galway Cathedral and coming back into the city by the Canal walk.

This would be a great time to stop off for lunch which is why I have the Latin quarter next. Restaurants with mouthwatering food in every direction. If you’d like to see my favourite restaurants, click to view my “coolest places to eat in Galway” post.

After that is a good time to go out and enjoy the Claddagh, including the Spanish arch and Long walk. Hopefully, the sun won’t be too high by the time you go out this direction meaning the lighting won’t be too harsh for your Instagram shots too!

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Instagrammable places near Galway city

  • NUIG
  • Menlo Castle
  • Silver Strand

 

Interested in a Guided Tour of the Insta Hotspots?

Insta Tours have just expanded to Cork and Galway city. What does this mean? It means you can do a guided tour of these spots plus some more with a Galway Photographer and Instagrammer. You will get the best photography tips as well as get answers to any questions on upping your Instagram game too.

What will you get from booking into an Insta Tour of Galway? 
  • You will learn how to shoot the BEST shots for Instagram, right from your smartphone.
  • Explore Galway Cities’ best photography spots including some hidden gems along the way.
  • And maybe most importantly, learn all you need to know to up your Instagram game: all about upping your engagement and reach.

If you want to book a tour, please check out this link: https://insta.tours/galway-walking-tour/

You never know, maybe I’ll be your tour guide!

Galway Instagram Hashtags

Now that you’ve got your amazing Instagram shots, you need to consider the best hashtags to use to get the best reach and show them off.

There are so many hashtags to choose from and I always recommend doing some research to pick the best ones to suit your shot, these are my go-to Galway and Ireland hashtags:

Galway:

#thisisgalway #galwayireland #galwaycity #galwaybay #galwaygirls #loveconnemara #visitgalway #connacht

Ireland:

#irelandlove #littlepiecesofireland #thefullirish_ #lovinireland #irishcentral #icuireand #irelandcalling #westisbest #wildatlanticway #wanderireland #irelandinspires #tourismeirlandais #instantirelande

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Instagram captions – perfect for your Galway Instagram shots

Instagram captions can also have an effect on how well your post does. While I like to discuss what was happening around taking the picture, there’s nothing wrong with a simple quote caption. It is said that longer captions do the best with your photos but ultimately it is the shot that counts. Whether you want to do a who/what/where/why caption or simply “Galway girl” it’s up to you. Personally I do prefer longer captions and enjoy reading what people have to say.

Song quotes including Mentions Of Galway

  • “my soul to sour forevermore, above you Galway bay” My own dear Galway bay
  • “Boys I ain’t never seen nothing like a Galway girl” – The Galway girl
  • “My pretty little Galway girl” – Galway girl Ed Sheeran
  • Just to watch the suds roll down by Galway bay – Galway bay

Quotes about Galway

  • There are no strangers here, only friends that you haven’t met yet – W.B. Yeats

Final thoughts

So there you have it. The best Instagrammable places in Galway city as well as the hashtags and captions to ensure your new post gets the reach it deserves.

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Why you should go to the Macnas Halloween parade in Galway

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