Welcome to Galway & The West

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A remarkable county with a truly unique atmosphere, Galway in the West of Ireland gets under your skin like no other place in the world. Dramatic, haunting and utterly wild, the craggy countryside at times looks unforgiving, at times rich with bursts of colour and dotted with tranquil, picture perfect lakes.

The Gaeltacht area of County Galway offers an authentic insight into life through the Irish language, and the Aran Islands have a breathtaking beauty and an island atmosphere of their own.

On top of all this, Galway’s got great beaches, soaring mountains, lovely villages, fabulous pubs and some of the friendliest people in Ireland.


Population 75,500
Currency 1 Euro = 100 cents
Opening hours Shops are open Monday-Friday 9.00-18.00. Some larger department stores stay open late once or twice a week and a few hours on Sundays.
Newspapers Galway Magazine (available from the Galway Tourist Office)
The Connacht Tribune
The Irish Independent
The Irish Times
Emergency numbers 999
Ireland also has a dedicated tourist emergency number:
1800 661 771
Tourist information Aras Failte,
Forster Street,
Galway City Centre,
+353 915 377 00
E-mail: irelandwestinfo@failteireland.ie
Web: www.discoverireland.ie/west