With its labyrinthe of winding medieval streets, vibrant, buzzing street life, shopping facilities, wealth of heritage and arts, Galway city is a ramblers paradise. One never knows who or what distractions will cross your path alone the way. Just watch out for that ambush on your senses, sight, smell and sound which can take place around every nook or cranny. Be warned all rational thought surrenders to a mellow, mystical, timeless dreamworld. While it is better to simply drift along and get lost within the town, here are a few pretty strolls to start you off.
City Centre walkabout
An excellent opportunity to soak in the lively, colourful atmostphere on streets which provide a stage for some of the most impressive talent in the city. A ramble in the city centre will bring you past some of the most notable historical monuments and landmarks (see Sights to See) as well as giving you a taste of vibrant contemporary life in the city.
O'Briens Bridge - The Claddagh - Celtic Insurance Building
A walk of one mile. This brings you from one of the oldest parts of the city to the Claddagh, an ancient fishing village which is renowned for its unique culture. The walk ends on the fringe of the promenade at Salthill.
Celtic Insurance Building - Seapoint
A half-mile walk. This brings you along the famous Salthill promenade, where you are sure to find any number of walkers at any given time. A most enjoyable walk, ideal for those who prefer a more relaxed pace.
Seapoint - Blackrock
A walk of .7 miles. This walk completes the full length of the promenade at Salthill, and 'kicking the wall' at the Blackrock end has become a favourite past-time of locals and visitors alike
Blackrock - Silver Strand
A five mile round trip. Excellent for the serious walker. You will take in features such as the diving board at the end of Blackrock, passing the Galway Golf Course and the impressive Rusheen Bay. The Bearna Woods appear en route and if you turn left at Bearna Church, which features a unique picture window, you will find yourself upon Silver Strand.
Bushy Park - Circular Road - Rahoon
A 2 mile round trip. This walk features spectacular views of Galway city and the bay, from the highest point in the city. Be careful though, there are no footpaths so a torch and reflectors are recommended at night if you want to catch a breathtaking view of the city.
Dyke Road - Terryland - Headford road
A 1 mile round trip. This takes in a large part of the citys' outskirts, and is ideal for a relaxed stroll, with wide footpaths all the way.
Promenades/ Walking, Strolling
A seashore walk is only five minutes stroll from the city centre. Cross the Wolfe Tome Bridge at the bottom of Quay Street, turn left and walk towards the ocean. You can walk along by the seashore to the end of Salthill Promenade at Blackrock, a walk of approx. 1.5 miles/ 2 km