Hi there. I was wondering if anyone on this forum would be able to tell me if Athenry was a good place for a family to stay for a week or more during a family vacation. Our priorities are to find a location with access local music as well as easy access to hiking and bicyle riding. We have three children and I was hoping to rent a home where they would be able to go outside and roam around and explore the countryside.
I originally planned to stay on the Connemara coast but many of the locations are quite remote, although beautiful and with interesting coastlines we would no doubt love to explore. My children love to swim and I understand there are a number of very nice swimming lakes near Galway, which is how I happened upon Athenry. We were also interested in being in close proximity to Galway so it would be easy to visit pubs and hear live local music.
I cannot tell if Athenry is more like a suburb or bedroom community for Galway, or if it is a rural community and would make a good base for our travels. I was last in Ireland 12 years ago so I am not sure how the areas have changed.
Thank you very much for any advice you can offer.