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What to do in famously beautiful County Galway.
If you fancy a change of scene but don’t want to spend too much time travelling, why not book a flight with Aer Arann (aerarann.com) to Galway and get a good taste of Irish hospitality, not to mention a pint of excellent Guinness! You can fly from London Luton for £180, from Edinburgh for £168 and from Manchester for £156, reports BBC Travel.
If you’re looking to see nature at its best, take the slow coastal route between Galway and Connemara for breathtaking views and pretty villages. You can hire a car at the airport for £25 per day through Budget Ireland (budgetireland.com). Head for the Blue Flag beach at Silver Strand, or take a walk in Barna Woods. Visit the harbour at Roundstone, one of Connemara’s most colourful coastal villages and have a pint in one of the pubs which overlook Bertraghboy Bay. Connemara National Park is a walkers’ paradise, offering 2,000 hectares of glen and mountain walking.
If you’re just planning a quick break, take a taxi from the airport to Galway City (around £14). You can walk along the seaside promenade to the resort of Salthill, which specialises in cosy pubs. Taking the ferry to the Aran Islands (£20; aranislandferries.com), just offshore at the mouth of Galway Bay, is a must. The forts which guard over the island of Inishmór are believed to be around 2,000 years old. Visit heritageireland.ie for further details.