According to Lonely Planet, arty, bohemian Galway (Gaillimh) is renowned for its pleasures. Brightly painted pubs heave with live music, while cafes offer front-row seats for observing street performers, weekend parties run amuck, lovers entwined and more.
Steeped in history, the city nonetheless has a contemporary vibe. Students make up a quarter of its population, and remnants of the medieval town walls lie between shops selling Aran sweaters, handcrafted Claddagh rings and stacks of second-hand and new books. Bridges arch over the salmon-filled River Corrib, and a long promenade leads to the seaside suburb of Salthill, on Galway Bay, the source of the area’s famous oysters.
Galway is often referred to as the ‘most Irish’ of Ireland’s cities, it’s the only one where you’re likely to hear Irish spoken in the streets, shops and pubs. Even as it careens into the modern age, it still respects the fabric of its past.
The main train station in Galway is located just off Eyre Square and about one mile from the start line of Run Galway Bay. More info on trains to Galway from www.irishrail.ie
The main bus tation in Galway is also located just off Eyre Square and about one mile from the start line of the Run Galway Bay. More info on buses to Galway from www.buseireann.ie
Getting around while you are here.
Car & Bus
Parking throughout Galway’s streets is metered and costs €1 for the first 30 minutes and €0.80 for every hour thereafter. There are several multistorey and pay-and-display car parks around town. The closest to the Run Galway Bay start lines are located at Jurys Hotel and along Merchants Road in the city centre.
You can walk to almost everything in Galway, including out to Salthill, but you’ll also find regular buses departing from Eyre Sq.
Taxi ranks are located on Eyre Sq, on Bridge St, and next to the bus-train station. You can also catch a cab by dropping by a taxi office. Try Abbey Cabs (569 469; Eyre St) or Galway Taxis (561 111; Dominick St).
Coca-Cola Zero® Bikes is an exciting new addition to Galway. Bike stations are located throughout the city to provide a healthy and convenient means of transport.Ideal for supporters who want to cycle the course. www.bikeshare.ie
Map of Galway City