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Carraroe

Galway Hookers are a distinctive form of native Irish boat, and beautiful Carraroe is the epicentre of their preservation and revival. Here the small number of Galway Hookers which are still in seaworthy condition are pitted against each other in the annual “Féile an Dóilín”, the largest Hooker festival in Ireland, and indeed one of the largest maritime festivals in the country. But Galway Hookers sail these waters throughout the year, gliding silently in and out between the headlands and the islands, their black voluminous hulls riding high on the water, and their bright rust coloured sails heeled over in the Atlantic wind. Up until the 1950′s the Galway Hooker was the means by which all supplies and livestock were ferried in and out of the islands, and the Hooker’s hull was built wide and deep to accommodate heavy loads.

Carraroe’s Blue Flag beach, which translates into Irish as “Trá an Dóilin”, is set in an area of great natural beauty. The beach is noted for its very fine coral, one of just two beaches on the West of Ireland with coral shingle. There are lots of little rock pools to explore, as well as excellent scuba diving, and snorkeling opportunities.

Getting to Carraroe

By bus, or car. Bus Eireann Route 424 provides a service from Galway to Carraroe. Alternatively take the R336 west from Galway to Casla, and then the R343 to Carraroe.

Where to stay

Carraroe has a good selection of comfortable places to stay including small hotels, self-catering holiday homes, guesthouses and B&B's.

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Follow the coast

Carraroe is surrounded by beautiful coastal towns. Don't miss Lettermore and Kilkieran if you are travelling north, and Rossaveel, and An Spidéal, if you are travelling south.

Things to do in Carraroe.

  1.  “Labhair Gaeilge”. The local shops and cafes will be delighted to have you practice your Irish. Don’t be shy about trying out your “cupla focal”.
  2.  You have to swim on “Trá an Dóilin” just one of two Irish beaches with coral shingle. Be aware however that visitors are asked not to remove pieces of the coral.
  3.  Potter around Caladh Thadhg pier and enjoy the presence of traditional boats. Ask locally is any boats are being made on the area, and if possible get to visit.
  4.  Carraroe is perfect cycling territory, and indeed views like these are best seen from a bicycle. Put your bike in the back of your car and take to two wheels as soon as you arrive.

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Upcoming Events in Galway


Vodafone Comedy Carnival (24th - 30th October 2017)
Tickle your funny bone! The Vodafone Comedy Carnival is bringing leading Irish and international comics to Galway again this year!
Baboró - International Arts Festival for Children (16th - 22nd October 2017)
Ireland’s premier international arts festival for children and families featuring Theatre, Dance, Literature, Music, Puppetry, Workshops and...
Connemara Green Festival (06th - 08th October 2017)
The ecology & biodiversity of the Connemara region to be celebrated with this new festival in Letterfrack, Co. Galway.
Clarenbridge Oyster Festival (05th - 08th October 2017)
The Clarenbridge Oyster Festival of fine food and drink celebrates its 63rd anniversary in 2017 in the beautiful village of Clarenbridge in South...
Galway International Oyster Festival (22nd - 24th September 2017)
Enjoy 3 days and nights at the world renowned Galway International Oyster Festival with Guinness & Oysters, sensational live music, entertainment,...
Clifden Arts Festival (13th - 24th September 2017)
Clifden Arts Week is the longest running community arts festival in Ireland and celebrates it 40th year!
Trad on the Prom (16th May - 28th September 2017)
Trad on the Prom is a contemporary Irish Show featuring an electrifying mix of traditional irish music, song and dance.

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Connemara Day Tours

Connemara Day Tour

Discover Connemara, a beautifully scenic region just north of Galway City with Lally Tours. This tour includes stops at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Gardens, Leenane Village, Killary Fjord and the village of An Spidéal overlooking Galway Bay.


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Cliffs of Moher & The Burren Day Tour

The unmissable Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour with Lally Tours includes up to 2 hours at the cliffs and includes stops at the lunar-like Burren region, Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Caves & Birds of Prey Centre and the charming village of Doolin overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.


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Cliffs of Moher Express Bus

Cliffs of Moher Express Bus

A Non-Stop Express Shuttle Service to the Cliffs of Moher with Lally Tours. Experience Ireland’s natural, mysterious, 214m (702 ft) high cliffs and interactive visitor centre. You’ll have 2 full hours to explore on your own before heading back to Galway.


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Galway City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Galway City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Explore Galway with one of Lally Tours' friendly guides to learn about this colourful city and see it from the best vantage point: an open top bus! You’ll see everything from medieval walls in the city centre to the sandy beaches of Salthill. Hop on and off as much as you’d like and your ticket is valid for 24 hours.


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