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County Galway is one of the most beautiful regions in all of Ireland. It includes everything from the Aran Islands to the rugged Connemara region with its soaring mountains as well as Galway City with its enticing medieval center. No matter where you’d like to stay, these top B&Bs are likely to provide just the option you’re looking for.
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South Aran House is a restaurant that offers a separate house just down the road near the water’s edge with B&B-style rooms for rent. Both the rooms and eatery are a short walk from the ferry dock, pubs and a beautiful white sandy beach that looks as if it was stolen from the Caribbean. Sandy, the local dolphin, frequently makes an appearance here, so be sure and keep an eye out. Guests enjoy a communal living and dining room area with a kettle, coffee and tea, along with rooms that have comfy beds and writing desks. Most are en-suite. Look forward to sumptuous breakfasts every morning and be sure to make a reservation for the delicious home-cooked meals for dinner too.
Rossroe Lodge overlooks Cashel bay in the picturesque Connemara region of County Galway. Enjoy a tranquil stay in this remote location with luxurious comforts and spectacular views. You’ll have easy access to popular attractions like Kylemore Abbey and Connemara National Park as well as a number of postcard-perfect beaches. A tasty, breakfast is provided and dinners are available upon request – both are highly-acclaimed and include extensive use of local ingredients. Guests are also welcome to use the sitting room that has a real turf fire and take advantage of the books and brochures.
This luxurious B&B is set within a 19th-century manor house along the shores of Ballinakill Bay. The 30-acre property offers private wooded grounds and is considered one of the finest regency manor houses in the region, located just outside Connemara National Park and only minutes from the town of Clifden. Enjoy fine dining in the on-site restaurant with dishes based on local ingredients, warming up by the open log fire and sipping afternoon tea in the Victorian conservatory. Guest rooms include flat-screen TVs, wardrobes desks, and tea and coffee facilities. All are en-suite and include complimentary bath products.
This gorgeous three-story townhouse (note: lots of stairs to climb) is ideal for those who want to explore Galway City, and it’s also just a half-mile from the Atlantic Ocean. The property sleeps up to seven with four bedrooms and offers an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. Right next door is the host’s cafe for enjoy fresh-brewed coffee and home-baked Italian bread only steps away. Free off-street parking is included and there’s also a small garden.
Abbeyglen Castle Hotel offers a luxurious B&B-style stay at relatively affordable prices. There are a number of accommodation options from economy rooms to spectacular rooms with four-poster beds, fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. The hotel is nestled in the heart of Connemara set against a mountainous backdrop of the “Twelve Bens” and overlooks the town of Clifden. Enjoy an extensive breakfast buffet every morning and dinners in the award-winning restaurant with a menu focused on local seafood and Connemara lamb. A welcome champagne reception and a brief history of the castle is provided upon arrival, while the Piano bar is the fun place to be for a music-filled evening.
Another great option for a castle stay, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is set among 700 acres of woodland with the 12 Bens Mountain Range providing the backdrop. A variety of activities can be organized by the hotel like hiking and cycling as well as a special lobster experience during the summer. Right on the estate are lakeside and river walks with local wildlife sometimes spotted along the way. Rooms are available in the original castle as well as the wings with river views. All come with flat-screen satellite TVs, free Wi-Fi and evening turndown service. Some of the higher-end options include four-poster beds and iPod docks too. A full Irish breakfast buffet is included.
This elegantly resorted family-run B&B sits within an impeccably restored 1920s home in the Lower Salthill neighborhood of Galway City. Many of its original features were kept and all rooms are luxuriously appointed, many with beautiful antiques. There are three guest bedrooms, all spacious and individually furnished. Enjoy breakfast made with only the freshest ingredients, Irish country house style, and relaxing out on the patio enjoying the garden on nice summer days.
This beautifully restored, authentic thatched cottage was built in 1844 and overlooks Galway Bay, offering an especially enchanting stay. It sits on almost two acres, mostly of stone, boasting lots of historic charm and incredible views. Located on Inishmore Island, the largest of the Aran Islands, guests can look forward to exploring Dun Aengus, one of Europe’s finest Celtic stone circle forts, beaches and a village with craic-filled pubs, restaurants, boutiques and sweater shops. There are no car ferries, so you’ll need to rent a bike or hire a traditional “Pony & Trap” to get around.
Just minutes from Galway City’s medieval center and a beach with breathtaking views of Galway Bay, the Adare Guest House is family-run, offering a warm and welcoming stay that includes a choice of delicious items for breakfast, from a full Irish to vegetarian offerings. In season, the fruit, herbs and vegetables used are picked right from their own organic garden. There are 11 guest rooms, all en-suite, each includes a TV with cable channels, a desk and a private bathroom.
This B&B sits within a charming thatched cottage, complete with a cozy sitting room and open fire where guests can relax and soak up the authentic, traditional Irish atmosphere. There’s also a refrigerator, kettle, tea and coffee making facilities available for guest use, while scenic walks along the “Wild Atlantic Way” are just outside the door. Bread making demonstrations, with traditional bread baked on the open fire can be requested as well. Within just a two-minute drive, the village of Spiddal hosts local music every month during the summer.