County Galway abounds in quaint bed-and-breakfasts, castles, and welcoming guesthouses that will make choosing a place harder than actually finding one. Accommodations in Connemara and the Aran Islands should be reserved sooner than later, especially in summer. Castles, mansions, and other luxury accommodations often advertise rates up to 50 percent off during off-season months.
Tara House B&B
138 Lower Salthill, Galway City 091 527 966
The Tara House B&B stands alone among B&Bs available in Galway City. Warmth emanates from the hosts, Anna and Michael Doherty. The Irish hospitality and atmosphere, along with the careful attention to detail make this a top pick. The tastefully decorated en suite rooms have all the amenities. Contact the hosts directly for the best family rates.
Eyre Square, Galway City 091 564 041
This revamped railway station turned hotel dates back to 1845. The mahogany rooms, the on-site health spa, and backdrop of live piano instrumentation make any stay luxurious.
Market Hill, Clifden, Connemara 095 21 441
The Seamist House is located in vibrant Clifden and the renovated stone dwelling enhances its tranquil setting. The proprietor, Sheila Griffin, will ensure that your stay is nothing short of excellent and comfortable.
Inishmor, Aran Islands 099 61 218
The Kilmurvey House deserves all the recent flattery it has received both online and off. Bursting with Irish character, the spacious interior and well-decorated rooms are a haven after a day of exploring. The hosts, Treasa and Bertie Joyce, have excellent dinner options at 40+ per person available if arranged in advance (not always available in the off-season).
Radharc an Chlair B&B
Inisheer, Aran Islands 099 750 19 40+ per person; S/D.
Located uphill from O'Brien's Castle and a twenty-minute walk from the pier, the proprietor Breed Paul will wholeheartedly welcome you to the Radharc an Chlair. The rooms are small, cozy, and sufficient.
Here are some other accommodations you might consider while in County Galway. (In the listings that follow, = around 25 euros per person.)
Petra House B&B. 29 College Rd., Galway City.091 566 580
Bayberry House B&B. Off
Threadneedle Rd., Galway City.091 525 171/212
The Quay House. Beach Rd., Clifden.095 21 369
Renvyle House Hotel and Restaurant. Renvyle,
Connemara.095 43 511
Man of Aran Cottage. Inishmore, Aran Islands.099 61 301
An Dún Guesthouse. Inishmaan, Aran Islands.099 73 047
Tigh Searraigh B&B. Inisheer, Aran Islands.099 75 024 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lios Einne B&B. Inisheer, Aran Islands.099 75 025 email@example.com
Murray's Doonmore Hotel. Inishbofin Island.095 45 804/814