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Help! Trip in 2 weeks! *Galway* or *Clifden* without car?

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Help! Trip in 2 weeks! *Galway* or *Clifden* without car?

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?

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1. Re: Help! Trip in 2 weeks! *Galway* or *Clifden* without car?

I liked staying in Galway, though we did stay out in Salthill, the beach area. We used a bus and a taxi to get around.

Right from downtown Galway, we took a 3 hour tour of Lough Corrib from up the River Corrib, on a nice boat-- great scenery-- you can sit up on top or inside where they have a snack bar with drinks-- Irish coffee etc.

Check out the Corrib Princess

Also you can take a bus tour that will take you to the ferry for the Aran Islands right from downtown Galway--- nice ferry-- and you're on your own once you reach the island

you can rent bikes to tour, or a pony cart I liked having the info from Michael who drove the trap also liked the food at the American Bar near the harbor.


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2. Re: Help! Trip in 2 weeks! *Galway* or *Clifden* without car?

I am a great advocate of Clifden ....But... Without a car ? There is lots of places for walking, horse riding, the whole of the Connemara to explore and possibly decent night life. Clifden is a compact town surrounded by things to do and places to see.

My advice Stay in Galway or consider hiring a couple of bicycles to get around out there.

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3. Re: Help! Trip in 2 weeks! *Galway* or *Clifden* without car?

I would stick with your Galway plans. There is certainly enough to do around the town for your first day. On Saturday take the advice given to look into a visit to one of the Aran Islands, it's a great day trip and they will run you out in the bus from town to the ferry depot.

I think the Park House is more than "okay", I really like the place.

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4. Re: Help! Trip in 2 weeks! *Galway* or *Clifden* without car?

In case you are interested - or want to avoid it - there's The Galway Bay Half Marathon and 10K Race on Saturday October 6:


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