West Ireland is one of the few places that you can stand on the edge of the world.
In Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are certainly one of those places. Jagged, untamed and heart-stoppingly sheer — a walk along these natural wonders can only leave you in awe. Extensive trails along the edge offer endless photo opportunities as well as a wonderful way to work off your pints and Irish stew. Spend the day walking along the sheer cliffs and taking in the splendor as you enjoy a picnic lunch in the lush green grass. The drive out to the Cliffs of Moher is almost equally stunning, winding through rural County Clare with views of old stone walls, farmhouses and livestock.
The west coast town of Galway may be “the most Irish” city you will encounter.
Galway is one of the towns that you’ll still hear Gaelic spoken in the pubs and shops. The bustling center of town, Eyre Square is the perfect place to wallow away a sunny afternoon and enjoy sports and picnics in the grassy area. With colorful iconic pubs, narrow cobblestone streets and live music from street performers as well as in nearly every restaurant and pub, this small city really packs a punch. All in one night you can experience a dark pub packed wall to wall, while enjoying a frothy Guinness among travelers from all over the world, and amazing live music accompanied by some traditional Irish step dancing from locals!
Don’t miss out on these three fantastic pubs with live music:
1.Tigh Cóilí Pub
This family owned pub has live music every day of the week and during the summer months, the pub is typically filling out of the front door with music-lovers. Here, you can catch local musicians as well as travelling artists. These live traditional music sessions (the locals call it Trad) don’t use any amplifications, so people crowd around the stage to be closer, but the music is, of course, lively and loud.
2. The Crane Bar
This is another great place to catch some Trad every day of the week and there is an upstairs as well. The pub is fairly small and fills up rather quickly, so if you plan on popping in, do so early!
3. Tigh Fox Trad House
Here, you’ll find two live sessions of Trad music everyday — at 5:30pm and 9:30pm. The first sessions has no amplifications and there is plenty of interaction between the musicians and the crowd. The late session is plugged into speakers and microphones and usually accompanied by some Irish Step Dancing.
Staying in Galway places you in the perfect location to explore.
The surrounding areas such as; Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, The Cliffs of Moher, and endless scenic drives offer plenty of adventure!
Galway is among the top ten “most friendly” cities in the world and without a doubt, as soon as you arrive, you will feel that. Have a walk about the city, order yourself some Beef & Guinness stew and a pint and take a deep breath — you’re in the heart and soul of Ireland.
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