My boyfriend and I are traveling to Ireland for the first time, the trip is less than 2 weeks away and we're still having itinerary problems! We'll be arriving by train into Galway on the morning of Oct 5th (staying until mid-day on the 7th) and we're stuck between taking a bus up to Clifden or staying in Galway for two nights.
In Clifden we'd get to stay at Abbeyglen Castle which we were really looking forward to, staying in a castle was one of the highlights of the trip. However, we've decided we no longer want to rent a car so we're thinking there won't be a lot to do around Clifden without a vehicle. Is there anything to do in walking distance?
If we were to stay in Galway we'd be staying at the Park House Hotel which does look okay. As far as I can tell the earliest train from Dublin arrives in Galway at 10:15am. That being said the bus tour companies leave at 10am so we'd miss a tour for that day.
This there much to do in Galway? We don't plan on doing much shopping and aren't really history buffs. We'd take a tour bus only because we'd be missing seeing rural Ireland but we really don't enjoy the thought of being on a bus all day with a bunch of other tourists.
Bottom line - Which would be more a enjoyable experience? Bus to Clifden with not much to do for 2 half days and 1 full day OR stay in Galway with a tour bus on 1 day and not much to do for the other?