Monday, February 12, 2024

Galway, Ireland, along the Wild Atlantic Way


After departing Limerick, Ireland,  the "Highlights of Ireland and Scotland" bus tour my husband and I went on in October 2023, continued traveling along the west coast of Ireland on The Wild Atlantic WayThe Wild Atlantic Way is a road that was officially opened in 2014. The 1,600-mile (2,500 km) driving route passes through nine counties and three provinces, stretching from Kinsale, County Cork, in Munster, on the Celtic Sea coast. to County Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula in Ulster.  We were on our way north to Galway, where we would make a stop for lunch and sightseeing.

Galway is a harbor city on Ireland’s west coast, where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. Our tour bus stopped in the Latin Quarter of Galway, known for its cafes, pubs, shops, and art galleries.

We walked around the winding streets, enjoying the views. Galway is known for its vibrant music scene, especially traditional Irish music. It also has the largest Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking community) in Ireland.

Galway is also known for the ancient fishing village of Claddagh which became the birthplace of the Claddagh symbol of a crowned heart being held by two hands. Claddagh is known worldwide thanks to the popularity of the Claddagh ring. The ring is said to originate from the village over 400 years ago! Traditionally the Claddagh ring was handed down from generation to generation as a wedding ring. Today it is a token of friendship and love. The Claddagh ring has become a symbol of Irish heritage and is much loved for its unique design that is representative of  love loyalty and friendship

We stopped to have a light lunch at The Kings Head Pub

The Kings Head is a true piece of living history, as the building itself dates back over 800 years to the 13th Century. We both chose a bowl of fish chowder and had a Murphy's stout.

More scenes from our walk around Galway.

We returned to our bus and continued on our way along the Wild Atlantic Way towards Sligo, Ireland, where we would be having dinner at a hotel and staying the night.

The town of Sligo, in the north of Ireland, straddles the Garavogue River where it meets Sligo Bay. It’s known for its literary heritage and rugged countryside. Ruined medieval Sligo Abbey has carved tombs and a 15th-century altar. Sligo County Museum displays memorabilia of local poet W.B. Yeats, paintings, and Stone Age artifacts.  

I enjoyed watching all the beautiful rugged scenery that passed by our bus window.

One of the touching sights we passed was the ruins of abandoned "famine houses." Between 1845-52 Ireland suffered a period of starvation, disease, and emigration that became known as the Great Famine. The potato crop, upon which a third of Ireland's population was dependent for food, was infected by a disease destroying the crop while other crops were shipped to England in disregard to the plight of the starving. Part of my heritage is Irish that immigrated from this area in Ireland and they arrived during the famine years, as did many other refugees from Ireland. Between 1845 and 1855, at least 2.1 million people left Ireland.--it was one of the greatest exodus from a single island in history.


ellen b. said...

Such a wonderful post with great photos of your time in Galway and a little beyond. Our daughter and hubby started their Ireland tour in Galway a wee bit jetlagged. Happy new week to you!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Just before I got to where you said Galway was known for its music scene the thought running through my head was how many Irish songs come to mind as soon as you hear the name of almost anything in the country. Your tour sounds so good. I've been scrolling back as I have time, but either haven't seen or have missed the name of the tour company you used. Were you pleased with the guides or did you find you could learn more on your own? It does sound like you had time to explore pretty often.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful views of Galway. I love the coastal scenes.
Love the murals and sculpture. Great photos from your trip.
Take care, enjoy your day and happy week ahead!

Lydia C. Lee said...

Those famine houses are like the French Bourrie (?). Great insight into Ireland pictorially! #TheRandom

Joanne said...

That looks like such a lovely day! I am really loving the colors of that beautiful seaside town.

Rambling Woods said...

There seems to be a special color of green there.... Deer eating milkweed. I lost my white ice ballet milkweed to rabbits but nothing will touch the common milkweed or the orange butterfly weed. I don't know what kind you planted...Michelle

stevebethere said...

Looks lovely there and so colourful too and pretty :-)

Have a tanfastictastic week 👍

NCSue said...

I'm rather jealous - I want to go to Ireland!
Thanks for sharing at

Veronica Lee said...

Your journey along the Wild Atlantic Way sounds wonderful!
Love the picturesque coastal town.

Gorgeous photos, Pat!

Jeanie said...

I've heard really wonderful things about Galway -- and your photos certainly do show it off well. Love the bright places and doors. I would love to sit in a pub there, have a beer and listen to music -- after walking around and taking photos!

diane b said...

It ios a beautiful country steeped in history. Must have been good to see where your ancestors came from.

EricaSta said...

Frankly, these two glasses of Guinness are making my mouth water. But I also really like everything else. Have I already told you? I'm sure I have! And I'll repeat myself: I love Ireland.

And I am soooooo happy about your contribution to

Greetings from Heidrun

Dixie @ Arranged Words said...

Galway looks like a beautiful area.
Fun to partake in the local pubs, I bet.
The countryside looks beautiful too. I love all the stone walls.
Happy Valentine's Day, Pat.

Slabs said...

This is so beautiful and I am sure even more so to see it in person.
Thanks so much for participating and sharing at SSPS 297. See you again next week! Please do not forget to come and share it with us at #14 InLinkz #WordlessWednesday (Words also welcome).

April Stephens said...

Love the photos, especially the scenic road side ones!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

You've really captured the land its people well.

Some of my ancestors came from Ireland. The suffering was bad.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Such a beautiful location. Fish chowder and Murphy's stout... it doesn't get any better than that!

Photo Cache said...

I love reading your experiences in Ireland. Love the photos too.

Worth a Thousand Words

Lowcarb team member said...

So good to read about your trip, lovely photographs you've shared.

All the best Jan

Esme Slabbert said...

Thanks so much for participating and sharing at #WW 14. See you again next week!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Pat,
Ireland was my happy place, I am enjoying your trip photos.
The cattle and sheep are all cute critters.
The scenery is gorgeous. The pubs and food are great.
Beautiful photos and post. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

Yvonne said...

Beautiful photos of a lovely trip you enjoyed very much. Thanks for sharing.

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

I love all your photos. You are getting me excited as we are planning a trip that includes Ireland!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I really feel like an arm chair traveler when I read your posts! What a fabulous much to see and do AND learn!