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Galway for a week

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Galway for a week

We are 3 couples from South AFrica who wants to visit Ireland at end end of August 2012. As we book with RCI we want to stay in the Galway area.

Will it be possible to do day trips and see quite a bit of the country?

What is the weather like at the end of August - 26th onwards.

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Boeremeise

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1. Re: Galway for a week

Not familiar with RCI, Boeremeise. Please enlighten me.

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2. Re: Galway for a week

Check out the current weather here:

http://www.met.ie/

http://www.accuweather.com/ukie/index.asp

And, August weather since 2007:

http://www.met.ie/climate/monthly-summary.asp

Generally, the end of August coincides with Heritage Week, with a slew of activities across the country.

Keep an eye on this for 2011 events, as August approaches, and it will give you an idea of the range of activities on offer in a given year:

http://www.heritageweek.ie/

What are the interests of the various members of your group? Will you be hiring a vehicle(s)?

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Lots of options for day trips, such as The Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, Aran Islands etc etc.

Weather actually is quite nice that time of year, it always seems to get nice coinciding with schools re-opening after summer hols.

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We are 3 couples travelling to Ireland. We have 6 days in which to discover some of the wonders of Ireland and will be staying at Galway or surrounding area which will be our base. From there we will travel with a car and do day trips around. Any ideas?

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thanks for the info. I have made a note. We are looking forward to this trip.

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@ Uasal - the OP may be referring to this timeshare company?

http://www.rci.com/RCI/rdg/searchResults.do

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7. Re: Galway for a week

Boerenooi . . . I used RCI (Resorts Condominiums Int'l - a timeshare exchange network) for the early May week we'll be staying near Galway at the Connemara Cottages. "We" in my case is my hubby and his mom (78 y/o).

While we will have the timeshare/cottage for a full week, we're currently planning to stay there for 5 or 6 nights, moving up north to Donegal for the last day or 2.

As for things to see/do in the Galway area, we're planning:

Day trip/tour to Cliffs of Moher

Day trip/ferry to Aran Island (Inishmore)

Day drive Connemara area

Day drive Galway and east to some of the historical sites in that direction

I'm confident you will find plenty to see/do based out of Galway. I'd be happy to share more info w/ you after our trip this coming spring.

Edited: 10:42 pm, December 28, 2011
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Hi

Thanks for this. I appreciate it. None of us have been so this is very exciting. I am still waiting for the Timeshare company to get back to me on accommodation available, as we need 3 bedrooms.

Kind regards

Elna

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Hi Yes, and other timeshare companies.

Great help when travelling overseas.

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10. Re: Galway for a week

A suggested route for Connemara, which I have done myself, many time, is as follows:

Galway City, through Salthill, to Spiddal (R336)> Continue on the R336 until you come to Screeb Cross, where you turn left onto the R340 in the direction of Carna. About 8/9 miles after Carna, you can turn left onto the R342 in the direction of Cashel and onwards to Roundstone on the R341.

Alternatively, instead of turning left onto the R242, continue on the R340, until you come to the main Galway/Clifden road (N59). Turn left, in the direction of Clifden, and after a short distance, turn left again, onto the R341, for Roundstone.

From Roundstone, continue along the R341 to Ballyconneely and then on to Clifden.

Close to Clifden is the Connemara National Park (on the N59, in the direction of Leenane and Westport. If you are into walking, you should visit this park, and you can also climb Diamond Mountain, when you are there. Further along the N59, is Kylemore Abbey, which is worth a visit.

If you continue along the N59 after Kylemore Abbey, towards Leenane, there are magnificent views of Killary Harbour. At Leenane, you can take the R336 towards Cong, which changes to the R345 at a place called, Moneenmore, or if you don’t wish to go to Cong, take a right turn at Moneenmore( over a bridge) for Maam Cross (R336), and at Maam Cross, join the N59 for Galway City. Google Map link: - http://g.co/maps/b9rhb

Just outside Clifden, there is a most beautiful short drive - the Sky Road (Google Map link:- http://g.co/maps/cxpz6 ), which on a clear day is just fantastic, and well worth doing. The roads are narrow, but don‘t let that put you off.