The bohemian city of Galway, located on Ireland’s west coast, was the perfect place to end our travels. It’s about an hour and a half away from the Cliffs of Moher, and we arrived in the early evening ready to relax after another action-packed day. First on the agenda: Find food.
Our lovely hosts at Friar’s Glen had served us a hearty breakfast that morning (I enjoyed the porridge with brown sugar and Bailey’s Irish Cream) before sending us off to the cliffs, but by the time we reached Galway we had worked up quite an appetite.
One of our favorite things to do in Ireland was to ask locals for their dining recommendations or just walk until a restaurant caught our eye. And by restaurant I mean chocolate shop.
While in Galway we stayed at a five star B&B called Petra House. I loved its central location that allowed us to wander the city’s medieval streets and see all the attractions without having to drive anywhere.
The hub of this vibrant city is the 18th-century Eyre Square, which is surrounded by stone-clad boutiques, cafes and art galleries. We didn’t have an itinerary for our time in Galway and it was wonderful to just explore the fabulous art and music scene without any sense of hurry.
We soaked up the festival-like atmosphere, stopping to listen to street musicians and watch performers. Even though the city is old, Galway is bustling with youthful energy. Eventually we found ourselves walking along the harbor to where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean and sat on a bench to reflect on our week of adventures.
It was hard to say goodbye to Galway, but our phenomenal breakfast at Petra House made it a little easier. I devoured grilled potato waffles, poached eggs with tomato and, of course, my beloved scones.
We departed in the early afternoon and drove two hours back to Dublin. For our final night we stayed at the beautiful Finnstown Castle Hotel, a historic hotel on a 17th-century manor. After exploring the grounds we ordered room service before preparing for an early flight back home.
Ireland, we love you forever.