Galway Outdoor Activities

Galway has a number of activties for the family - big or small

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Treat your family to a memorable family holiday with so many activites and things to do in Galway city and county.

Book a Tailormade Family Break with kids activities, swimming pool, family dining and a choice of Family Rooms, Bunk Bed Family Rooms, Suites and Apartments.

Turoe Pet Farm

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The pet farm includes ponies, donkeys, goats and sheep, as well as “Larry the Lama” and “Curley the Alpaca”. Take a walk along the beautiful nature trail whilst enjoying the tranquil setting, fresh country air and the delightful sound of birdsongs.

The Enchanted Forest

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Deep in the woods there is a hidden grove of native trees by a flowing stream where the fairies, gnomes and trolls live together with the animals of the wood. Bring your family along to discover this magical place…. The Enchanted Forest

Corrib Princess

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Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a cruise onboard the luxurious all-weather 157 passenger boat, the Corrib Princess. The Corrib Princess sails from Woodquay in the heart of Galway city.

Brigit's Garden

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Brigit's Garden takes you on a magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology, making it one of the truly outstanding places to visit in the West of Ireland.

Wildlands Galway

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Set upon over 20 acres of mature woodland in Moycullen, Co.Galway. With a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities, we have entertainment whatever the weather and whatever your desire, Over one kilometre of ziplines, aerial trekking, playgrounds and indoor fun-village with climbing walls. Wildlands is a place for all ages, for thrill seekers and for those in the pursuit of serenity.

Located in Moycullen, 20 minutes drive. 

Alpaca Walk

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At Curraghduff Farm in Oughterard, about 30 mins drive from Galway City. 

The Alpaca Walk is suitable for over 12 years and an Alpaca Meet & Greet suitable for all ages. 

Must be booked in advance. 

A Day at the Beach

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We are just a short drive away from the some of the best beaches in Galway and Connemara. We are on the Wild Atlantic Way… so take in some of the longest defined coastal driving routes in the world: 2,500 km


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Galway's small seaside resort is now an important suburb of our expanding city, and is very popular with all ages. The giant Leisureland complex, with its host of children's entertainments proves very popular, especially when the weather acts the spoilsport, as it will do at times here in the west. The golden half-mile of casinos, pubs and restaurants also play their part by day and discos and musical pubs rule the roost at night.

Coole Park

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The heritage town of Gort can be found in south County Galway, about 37km south of Galway city on the N18. Just outside the town of Gort, is where you’ll find the beautiful Coole Park, formerly the estate of Lady Gregory but now a 1,000 acre nature reserve. 

Woodlands Walks and Walled Garden, onsite restaurant and visitor centre.

Woodville Walled Garden

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Woodville is home to a restored walled kitchen garden along with a museum outlining the fascinating connection to Lady Augusta Gregory at Woodville. She was a playwritter and patron to W.B. Yeats and through her connections with Yeats and Edward Martyn, they formed the Irish Literature Movement and later established the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Come for a visit to this romantic secret garden in the West of Ireland and enjoy the sights, scents and colours contained within the original stone walls. 

Renville Park

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Renville park is a large public park located by the sea. The facilities include a, playground, picnic and barbecue areas. The network of walks through the woodland and open farmland, along with the scenic view of Galway Bay make it a very popular amenity area. Set in the grounds of an old stately house, many of the original structures are still in place.

Loughwell Pet Farm 

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At Loughwell Farm Park- whatever the weather –you'll find plenty to see and do with activities for all ages. We are one of the most popular attractions in the West of Ireland with acres of indoor and outdoor fun for all the family.

Take a Pig Walk

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Walk an adorable pig called Emilia through the Faerie Woods at The Burren Nature Sanctuary. This is an experience, that can be booked here.

Meet and feed the farm animals including Frisky the goat and her friends Hannah, Heidi and Milly, Jazz the alpaca, Frank the kissing Llama and Thumper the rabbit. Continue to Emilia's paddock and meet Emilia the Juliana pig who lives with Dyson the rescued not-so-micro pig!

Burren Nature Sanctuary

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Be very quiet in the fairy wood, don't let the adults talk. If you are good the fairies are very kind and can grant your wishes. Post a letter in the fairy post box, if you leave an email the fairy secretary will reply to you but don't knock on the fairy doors! Fairies work very hard all night and sleep in the day. They can be very cranky if you wake them up. They might play a trick on you like put tangles in your hair when you are asleep or dye your hair pink….!

Galway Bay Boat Tours

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Take to the seas with an exciting boat tour around Galway and ride on a traditional Galway Hooker Sailboat! This marine adventure is perfect for individuals, families, and small to medium sized groups. This family owned excursion can also suite any travel schedule with a 1-hour ‘Harbour Tour’, a 2-hour ‘Galway Bay Tour’ and, if you are looking for something a bit more customised, a 2+ hour ‘Tailored Tour’ would be the right fit for you!

High King Tours

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High King Tours is a family run tour company that offers Full Day Tours to the beautiful and historic village of Cong from Galway City. Marvel in the beauty of Ashford Castle and its impressive grounds and gardens. Travel back in time to The Royal Augustinian Abbey of Cong and walk in the footsteps of Ireland’s Last High King Rory O’Connor. Take in the peaceful tranquility of Cong village before relaxing abroad The Isle of Inisfree with Corrib Cruises as you absorb the stunning scenery of Lough Corrib and Connemara.

West Ireland Cycling

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West Ireland Cycling is located in Galway City, County Galway. They provide quality cycling tours and bike rental services allowing cyclists to explore the best of what the west of Ireland has to offer.
For over 40 years, West Ireland Cycling has been helping people enjoy and explore all the best cycling along the Wild Atlantic Way and the west of Ireland.
West Ireland Cycling offer fully customised cycling tours to meet your needs. Whether you have 3 days or 30 days, you will be provided with best bikes, equipment and accommodation recommendations to ensure you have the cycling experience of a life time, one that you will never forget.
West Ireland Cycling offers three non-guided cycling tours which all take in the breathtaking scenery that the west of Ireland has to offer.

Coca Cola Bikes Galway

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Galway is a fantastic city for cyclists. There is an extensive bike path network that allows tourists and commuters alike to easily get around. We've located our Coca-Cola Zero® bike stations conveniently throughout the city to ensure the best possible experience.

Rusheen Bay

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Ready to get on the water?
Rusheen Bay is located just 5km from Galway city, offering windsurfing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding lessons and rental.
They provide a full range of activities for kids, adults, families, hen & stag parties, corporate groups and schools as well as the best kids summer camp in Galway! The school is stocked with the latest top of the range equipment and our team is made up of Ireland's most talented watersports people.

Kylemore Abbey

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Visit the abbey with its beautifully restored period rooms and fascinating visitor experience and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education and spirituality. Explore the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings, formal flower, vegetable and her gardens. Discover woodland and lakeshore walks that will take you on a beautiful journey through our 1,000 acre estate. The beautifull neo-Gothic church is just a short walk from the Abbey.

Slieve Aughty Centre

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Slieve Aughty Eco-Friendly Family Hotel Resort Galway, Ireland, is a family owned resort where memories are made and smiles are found. Our mission is to create a place where you can connect with nature and the seasons. Take in the fragrance of the wood, listen to the sound of the animals and watch how they behave… Enjoy!

Aran Island Ferries

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Aran Island Ferries welcomed Ireland's largest and most environmentally friendly domestic passenger ferry, 'Saoirse na Farraige', to the fleet earlier this month. The eagerly anticipated heavy-lift vessel, 'Svenja', arrived in Galway Bay from Hong Kong bringing huge excitement to the area as 'Saoirse na Farraige' was gently lifted from inside the hold of the cargo vessel and lowered by crane onto water.

Killary Adventure Centre

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At Killary Adventure Co they have everything you need for a fantastic activity holiday in Ireland including over 20 of the most exciting adventure activities to choose from and a stunning location. Kayak on Irelands only Fjord, experience Ringo rides, their mini water park and Giant SUP's with the mountains soaring up around you. Test your nerve on their Climbing Wall, High Ropes Course, Burma Bridge and Skyfall. They have something for everyone.

Galway Bay Sailing Club

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The club has played host to many successful Regional and National Regattas with racing taking place against the backdrop of beautiful Galway Bay. Each season brings numerous opportunities for sailing. We offer sailing to non-members every Friday evening during the summer. If you are interested in doing a sailing course, click here to find out about our course schedule for adults and juniors.

Connemara National Park

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Much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate and the Letterfrack Industrial School, the remainder having been owned by private individuals. The southern part of the Park was at one time owned by Richard (Humanity Dick) Martin who helped to form the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals during the early 19th century. The Park lands are now wholly owned by the State and managed solely for National Park purposes.

Aillwee Caves

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Located in the heart of the Burren In County Clare. Forty minutes from both Galway and Shannon. Perched high on its Burren terraced mountainside with what has to be one of the most spectacular views of Galway Bay. It is a must for all who find themselves in the area.

Doolin to Aran Ferries

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Sailings daily to the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands from Doolin from March to the end of October/early November. Visit the spectacular Dún Aengus fort on Inis Mor, get away from it all on Inis Meain or take a quick trip to the smallest one – the beautiful island of Inis Oirr.

Galway Atlantaquaria

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Located at the heart of Wild Atlantic Way, Galway Atlantaquaria is Ireland's largest Native Species Aquarium. The Aquarium hosts two floors of exhibits that reflect the maritime history of Galway. Highlights include a 60 foot Fin Whale skeleton, Bearna Logboat (dugout canoe) Red Deer Antlers and Uí Breasail (Hy Brasil) boat. Featured animals include Native Irish sharks, Jellyfish, Conger eels, Clownfish, Bass and much more.