Yoga Travel Guide: Galway, Ireland

 

My home city and a wonderful place for all things; Yoga classes, workshops, good fresh, healthy food spots and a great place to walk around – to get to enjoy the unique and special atmosphere that Galway has like no other.

Yoga

 

Yogafootsteps

I first began practicing yoga in 2011 and have been practicing and studying Ashtanga yoga in Ireland, Spain and India since then.

My personal practice is Ashtanga yoga and practicing with senior authorized teachers Luke Jordan, Sonja Radvila, Hamish Hendry and Rolf Najaukot. I have also completed a year long 200 hour Hatha Yoga teacher training course as well as several years of meditation practice and managing 10 day silent retreats.

I currently teach classes in Galway/ Tuam and offer private sessions. Classes include a short introduction to meditation, asana practice which is based around the Ashtanga Vinyasa method and ends with a deep relaxation.

The classes are accessible to all levels.

(Updates to my new timetable soon!)

Email yogafootsteps@gmail.com

 

Ashtanga Galway

Fiona Hynes is another wonderful ashtanga teacher based in Galway city. I really love the  ashtanga community that we have here in Galway and that there are so many great teachers.

Fiona teaches beginner, Mysore style and led-primary ashtanga classes and is a very dedicated practitioner. You can check out the timetable here.

Location Galway city.

Email fionahynes66@gmail.com

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Fiona Hynes of Ashtanga Galway. Photo: Source

 

Devon Holistic Health Clinic

This is a yoga and holistic centre in Lower Salthill (Devon Park House). There are regular yoga classes running here with some great teachers.

There are also treatments on offer here, from Bio- Energy, Reflexology, Craniosacral Therapy and Deep-Tissue Massage.

Lovely, bright yoga space with mats, blocks and blankets available for use.

Contact: Deirdre – (087) 952 0008            Email: devonholisticheathclinic@yahoo.ie

Sinead – (087)  624 5685

Location: Devon Park House, 108 Lower Salthill, Galway

 

Marese Ashtanga Yoga

Marese was my first Ashtanga yoga teacher in Galway.

Marese has been practicing and training extensively in Ireland and India for over 10 years. I would highly recommend Marese as a teacher to anyone, especially if you are interested in Ashtanga yoga.

Marese teaches in various locations and you can find here recent timetable on her Facebook Page. 

Contact:  Marese on (087) 207 5852            Email: marese.cregg@gmail.com.

 

Galway Yoga

Galway Yoga Space is run by Eilis O’Regan, who teaches mixed-levels ashtanga yoga in Galway city and Tuam, Co. Galway.

Eilis was also an Ashtanga teacher of mine when I first began attending the early morning Mysore and self-practice classes at An Seomra Yoga and is a wonderful and really knowledgeable teacher.

Eilis also regularly hosts workshops with Certified and Authorized Ashtanga yoga teachers which is a great way for the Ashtanga community in Galway and Ireland to come together and practice.

Location: Tuam/Galway.

Contact: Eilis (085) 277 1399                   Email: tuamyoga@gmail.com.

 

An Seomra Yoga

An seomra yoga is probably one of Galway’s most popular city centre yoga shalas.

The space offers lots of classes in various styles of yoga and regularly hosts workshops and courses. I’ve heard great things about the Yin yoga classes here.

Location: 2/3 small crane square, sea road, Galway.

Contact: Katrina (087) 759 8101    Paul (087) 770 4187        Email: info@anseomrayoga.com

 

Love Yoga and her infamous Yoga By The Sea sessions. Photo: Source

Love Yoga 

Sinead, who has been practicing yoga for over ten years, teaches a variety of classes around Galway. Her summertime outdoor classes by the sea are a favourite of many during the Galway summer heat. (It does happen sometimes.)

Sinead has extensive training and knowledge of yoga – including Hatha, Meditation, Vinyasa, Yin, Pregnancy, Post-Natal and Yoga Therapy.

There are an array of divine sounding workshops and classes coming up over the winter months – such as warm flow yoga and mulled wine/tea (Yes, mulled wine season is on the way – woohoo). Yin Yoga classes, philosophy classes, partner yoga as well as retreats abroad.

There is something for everyone – check out Sinead’s schedule Here.

Email  sinead@loveyoga.eu

 

Yoga B 

Baiba of Yoga-B is a Galway-based yoga instructor with a focus on merging breath work & meditation with āsana to create a relaxing & restoring environment.

Baiba teaches yoga classes and breath based workshops in Galway city and also runs Inner Space events in The Secret Garden, combining breathwork, meditation and a tea ceremony.

Previous workshops include Radiant Being Women’s circles and Rest and Digest classes.

Email baiba.suster@gmail.com

 

Galway Wellness Studio 

This is a new and exciting addition to the Galway yoga and wellness scene. There is a very diverse range of classes and events happening here so it has something for everyone.

I love to see dynamic spaces like this that allow you to diversify and try out new methods or approaches to practice.

There is a very impressive and busy timetable on offer with classes such as Tai Chi, sound baths, hormone yoga, kundalini, hatha and even Cacao dances!

Location Unit 26 Terryland House, Terryland Retail Park, Headford Road, Galway.

 

Teach Na Tuisceanna

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Teach na Tuisceanna cottage. Photo source

Teach Na Tuisceanna is a Buddhist meditation space on a small farm in Maree about 20 minutes from Galway city. This is where I first learned and started practicing meditation. It’s a great space to have, with meditation days, workshops taught either by visiting teachers, some of whom are Buddhist monks and nuns, or by members of the practicing community. There is also a weekly evening meditation group and morning sits here. 

Yoga classes also on offer at times, get in touch to find out what classes are currently running.

Most of the people who practice here follow the tradition of the Thai Forest Master, Ajahn Chah, but visiting teachers are from several Buddhist traditions and all their events and meditation sittings are open to everyone. There is also weekly sits in Galway city.

Location Maree, Galway.

You can find exact location and direction on the facebook page or by contacting the centre directly.

Email teachnat@gmail.com

 

Modern Warrior Body 

Derek Winterlich, the founder and man behing Modern Warrior Body has a background ranging from martial arts to bodybuilding, cross-fit, yoga, cycling, swimming, Olympic weightlifting and climbing. Derek has found that gymnastics is at the very top of the field for human mechanics.

There are weekly classes covering things from handstand training, gymnastics and masterclasses. I love these classes and Derek teaches in a really accessible way and even if you are a total beginner or a long time upside down-stander, you will learn something and have a laugh in the process.

Derek teaches mostly from Limitless Health on the Tuam Rd., Galway and also teaches workshops and classes in studios around Galway and Ireland (Contact him if you would like to host him near you :)! )

Email modernwarriorbody@gmail.com

 

Eating

There are so many places in Galway to eat good food, and even more so vegan and vegetarian friendly. I tried to narrow down my favourite spots but it is hard to do so!

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McCambridges

I do love McCambridges- the food is great, the staff are always lovely and helpful and I love the atmosphere. Queues can be expected around lunchtime but it is worth it and you generally get a seat quite quickly.

My go-to is the veggie bowl – so good! Marinated tofu, hummus, their green goddess dressing which is epic and served with more salad freshness. They also have a vegan sweet potato and chickpea felafel served on a flat bread and I gotta say I never tire of their veggie mezze.

So as a veggie/vegan you are covered and there is plenty of options for the non veggies in your life 🙂

The Veggie Bowl – isn’t she pretty?

Good coffee – oat and all of the non-dairy alternatives –  and why not take a look at the dessert table! They have a vegan friendly flapjack type bar and an energy ball at the coffee counter downstairs if you are looking for something sweet.

Downstairs has a great delicatessen – specialist foods, local organic vegetables, a deli-bar, on-the-go lunch options and a coffee bar. Sit outside if you can get a seat, best place in town to soak up that unique Galway vibe.

Location 38/39 Shop st, Galway city.

Contact (091) 562 259.

 

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Some of the deliciousness on offer at TGO Felafel Bar. Photo source

TGO falafel bar

I know these awesome (vegan friendly) falafels from their little truck at the Galway Saturday market and this spot is even better! HIGHLY recommend the mezze plate, loads to choose from, generous portion sizes and just pretty damn delicious – arrive hungry. Free pickled veg, chillis and sauces to go along with your meal!

The classic falafel salad box and wrap are also equally great choices – don’t worry you will definitely be coming back for more so you can sample the whole menu and it just gets better and better! The dishes they create here are taking vegan fast food in Galway to a new level!

Location 11 Mary Street, Galway.

Contact (087) 119 8180.

 

Cafe Temple

Cafe Temple is another one of Galway’s wonderful community vibed cafes and also a cafe that is really creating and offering so much for their veggie/vegan customers.

It is a social enterprise so all of their profits go to local charities and they also use as much local produce as possible.

The veggie burger is good – I usually ask for it as a salad and it comes with roast sweet potato so it is a fine feed! Exciting smoothie menu and all sorts of coffee options- must try that famous bulletproof coffee.

A lot of their cakes seem to be vegan now and they are tasty – I do love coming here for a vegan scones and a coffee.

It has a really nice atmosphere here and nice seating options!

Location 12 The Cornstore, Augustine Stree, Galway.

Contact (091) 452 405.

 

Ard Bia

Ard Bia is well know for its great food and cosy setting overlook the Spanish Arch. It is always pretty busy and the menu here never disappoints – with lots for veggies to enjoy.

They have great cakes, coffee and also products you can buy to take home with you – preserves, granola and even the Ard Bia cook book.

Great for brunch, lunch or dinner. Expect a wait for a table.

Location Spanish Arch/ The Long Walk, Galway.

Contact (091) 561 114.

 

Kai

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Some of the cakes on offer at Kai.

I remember first discovering this little spot when it was a flower shop with a little cafe in the back. Now it is one of Galway’s best cafes and restaurants, they really have some mouth watering and creative dishes and flavour combinations. My most recent lunch there was a seaweed and millet burger, which I thoroughly enjoyed (and demolished)!

The lunch menu is amazing value for what you get, the dinner menu is a bit pricier but definitely worth it.

The decor and layout is another bonus to add to your experience. Great coffee, cakes and staff.

I really liked their website , if you want to browse their menus, the story behind their suppliers or photo gallery.

Location Sea road, Galway.

Contact (091) 526 003.

 

The Light House

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We really are spoiled for choice in Galway when it comes to good quality veggie grub. It is fantastic to see some of our local eateries really showing just how good plant based eating can be. The Lighthouse Vegetarian cafe is definitely at the forefront of this.

I have probably tried everything on their menu at this stage – their veggie burger is my usual, their chickpea pancakes are also another favourite and there daily specials are always a winner.

They have a new menu launche since my last visit but I am eyeing up the S.T.L.T Melt (Smoked tofu, tomoto, vegan cheese, leaves and tomoto jam!!).

I just tried their beetroot and white bean burger and its a yes from me.

Hands down the BEST chai I’ve had served outside of India – I get it with oat milk and its is the perfect belly warmer and soul lifter. You can even buy yourself a packet to take home with you.

A really nice place to sit outside in the sun and get to watch the hustle and bustle of the streets.

Location  8 Abbeygate street upper, Galway.

Contact lighthousevegetarian@gmail.com

 

The Kitchen

This buzzing restaurant inside the Galway city museum at the Spanish Arch is another Galway treat – definitely eat here at least once. All sorts of delicious vegan, veggie and non- veggie meals on offer with amazing daily specials, get the potato wedges (ask for the avjar sauce)!

Nice breakfast and dessert options too – recently enjoyed was the vegan chocolate cake.

Its a lovely place to sit in, it is bright and spacious or outside you will be overlooking the Spanish arch.

Location Inside Galway City Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway.

Contact (091) 534 883.

 

The Secret Garden

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Tea heaven at The Secret Garden.

This is a cute and cosy tea and coffee shop. They have a great selection of teas – from Ayurvedic blend to Fairy Tale dreams.

Treats to go with your tea (or coffee) and there is a nice spot in the back to sit outside for those sunny days. They have intimate music gigs and it stays open in the evening so it is somewhere nice to hang out.

Nice setting with low lights, seating area on the ground with cushions or, if you prefer, armchairs. It has a feel of being in someones funky sitting room, books and board games available for use as well which is a nice touch.

Location 4 William Street west, Galway.

Contact (085) 758 3927.

 

Wa Cafe

Ooh this is one of my favorite spots.

Snug Japanese restaurant with a great menu and lots for vegans/vegetarians. Sushi, tofu dishes, miso soup, bento boxes,traditional japanese teas, sake and lots more. They also have a stall at the Saturday Galway market and supply a few shops around town with fresh, delicious sushi. Really reasonable priced, we usually get a few dishes to share with some green tea.

Sushi making workshops also held here.

Location 13 New Dock Street, Galway.

Contact +353 (0) 91 895850      info@wacafe.net

 

Papa Rich 

There are two of these Asian streetfood restaurants in the city – one in Wood Quay, a smaller snug experience or you can go to the larger one that overlooks the river Corrib.

The meals are great value, decently sized portions and they cater for vegetarian and vegan diets, just ask them for the veg menu and they also happily alter some dishes when possible.

Location 3 Daly’s Place. Woodquay, Galway  and Upstairs at Born Shopping Centre

 

BiteClub Streetfood Discotheque

You can’t go wrong with BiteClub if you are looking for a Friday evening drink and some bites on the side, or as I did have a party there. They serve great cocktails and there is plenty of choice for eaters depending on what you are looking for.

I recently tried their vegan friendly Vietnamese steamed Pao – stuffed with soy and tamarind temped, vegan mayo, pickled cucumber and asian veg. It was pretty good in fairness, Their veggie tacos might have to  be my choice next time, (Chipotle cauliflower, roasted onion puree, crispy carrots, pickled chilli and lime! Yes!!).

Location  36 Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway

 

The Quay Street Kitchen

This is just one more of Galway’s great vegan and vegetarian friendly spots. This is right in the heart of Quay Street so if you can get a table outside on a sunny day its the place to eat. Also great for a cosy indoor evening meal.

Location Quay St., Galway

 

Jungle Cafe

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Great chai lattes and great outdoor seating. Serving nice food and best cafe in the Eyre square and bus station area. I don’t visit here often enough but it’s a lovely spot.

Location 29 Forster Street, Galway

Contact (091) 562 858          info@sajfertbaristaacademy.com

 

Grind Coffee and Food

I really like Grind cafe and feel likes it a sort of hidden spot in the city just that bit away from the main street hustle and bustle of the busy Galway steets. It is super relaxed, busy but it still keeps it cool and yeah its really nice.

I like the space and whether it’s popping in for a coffee and one of their various vegan friendly treats of warming up with a bowl of their always delicious (and always Vegan friendly) homemade soup –

The serve lavazza coffee and their lunch menu has a lot of vegan options and use locally sourced products when possible.

Location 13 Dockgate, Merchant’s road, Galway.

 

Builin Blasta 

This is a beautiful cafe in the equally beautiful Spiddal. Just a twenty minute drive from the city (or you can get the 424 Eyre Square – Lettermullen Bus).

The cafe is bright and homely! They have almond/soya milk, nice coffee and for the vegans/veggies – you’re covered. You can have some vegan fudge with your coffee or if it’s something more substantial you’re looking for then there’s a lentil spag bol,vegan toastie,salads and definitely more options to work with here too.


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I loved their selection of local and artisanal goods on their shelves – a lot of locally produced products – communities supporting each other! What I love.

Builin Blasta have their own homemade dressings and sauces which you can take home with you! (They are also for sale in the city in McCambridges and Ernies ). You can even pick yourself up some freshly baked bread!

You can find this cafe inside the Spiddal Craft Village, which is a joy to walk around and peruse the different art and craft stores. Or you can cross the road and take a walk across the beach and its stunning views of the Burren across the water.

Location Ceardlann craft villlage, Spiddal

The gorgeous views on Spiddal beach

 

Vegan Pizza

I know, a category of its own for vegan pizza – but there are quite a few options if you feel you’d miss out on having a beer and pizza on a plant based diet. Not in Galway!

Dough Bros

Probably Galway’s most renowned Pizza spot. All the pizzas are made in house and cooked on a wood fired stove, making them just that bit more indulgent.  They have a vegan one for us non-dairy folk (ask at the tilll) – with plant based cheese melted on top and all to give you the full pizza experience. I sat in, had a whole pizza for myself (I recommend) and you could wash it down with one of the Dough Bro’s own brewed Pale Ale sure !

They also have gluten free bases available for €2 extra.

You can get your dough bro fix from the pizza bus in O’Connell’s pub on Eyre Square too – you can’t miss the double decker bus in the beer garden!

Location Unit 1 Cathedral Buildings Middle Street, Galway

 

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Fat Freddy’s

I always remember Fat Freddy’s being a treat when we were kids and it has been years since I have eaten here to be honest! However it is great to see them now serving vegan friendly pizzas for the ever growing community of veggies in the city.

You can get their vegan quesedilla (vegan mayo and cheese to boot!), vegan wrap or make up a vegan pizza with your toppings of choice

Location 15 Quay St., Galway

 

Milano’s 

Ermmm – how good does the Vegan Puttanesca sound? – Jackfruit marinated in a traditional Puttanesca sauce of tomatoes, olives, capers, red onion, chilli, garlic & herbs, with vegan mozzarella alternative, finished with fresh parsley- Am, who wants to join me??

And you know what , there is more than ONE option here for vegan pizzas- music to plant based ears !!! We have choices folks – take your pick : Vegan Padana (Spinach and onion based), Vegan Giardiniera (Artichokes, mushrooms, olives) or maybe the veneziana (Pine kernals, capers, sultanas).

They all sound pretty damn good to me – if you’re in more of a lighter mood you can get the ‘ligera’ options which takes out the middle section of their spelt dough base and is fills it with dressed salad leaves.

Location Middle Street, Galway

There ya go now, lots of pizza options for ye!

 

 

Coffee Drinking

Coffee addict / lover?

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Urban Grind

Urban grind in my opinion serves some of the best coffee in town – using organic cow’s milk, almond or oat milk.

This is the usual place for the Galway Ashtanga group to hang out after workshops and for some much needed sustenance and nourishment. The food is really good, the granola is great and some fantastic brunch/lunch options.

Helpful and friendly staff and awesome music!

Location 8 William Street west, Galway.

Contact (091) 375 000

 

Coffeewerk + Press

Another one of the best coffee spots in town. If you are looking to get some great quality beans to take home. Cold coffee brews also new in store, look forward to trying those! Some great art and design pieces on sale here. Check their upstairs area and sit there to take it all in.

Definitely pop in to check it out and to sample their delicious coffee, or grab a seat outside when you can!

Location 4 Quay Street, Galway

Contact (091) 448 667

 

Barista Bus 

You’ll find Barista Bus parked at the end of the prom – you can’t miss it , the bright orange VW camper that has a coffee station out of the boot.

They serve some good brews, they know their coffee stuff and they have a differing range of baked goods on the go. They recently had a Porridge Pop-Up – hot porridge served with delicious toppings – on the house – with donations accepted in aid of Galway Hospice.

The perfect spot to pick up a steamy and dreamy coffee if you’ve braved the ocean or after you kick the wall!

Location Salthill Prom (Opposite Blackrock)

You can’t miss this bright coffee-filled beauty on the prom. Photo: Source

Badger & Dodo

Badger & Dodo is another spot for a good coffee. Hidden away near the new bus station beside Eyre Square it is well worth the trip. They are passionate about their coffee and the whole process from the bean to cup and they roast their beans in their own micro roaster in Cork .

Location Fairgreen road, corner with road to The Radisson.

Contact (087) 053 2660

 

Hazel Mountain Chocolate

If you are more of a hot chocolate fan than coffee, then Hazel Mountain is your place.

These Irish bean to bar chocolate experts roast and grind their cacao beans on site (in Galway and in their Burren location). Their hot chocolate is an experience, rich and pure – it is one to sit and enjoy.

They can be enjoyed both vegan friendly or with dairy depending on your preferences 🙂

Check out their website and see some of their chocolate inspired events and tours that they run from their Clare location. They also some delicious chocolates – both with and without dairy. (I love their cardamon infused truffles.)

Location 9 Middle St, Galway

 

Health food shops

 

Evergreen

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Evergreen is an extremely successful healthstore chain in Galway. There are numerous shops around the city.

Their shops stock an extensive range of health food and natural products – you are likely to find whatever health item you are looking for here.

The branch on Shop St. has a great range of cosmetic products upstairs, I love the Dr.Haushka products and Lavera is a good, reasonably priced range.

 

Ernies

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This is one of Galway’s best shops, a family run health food shop, come fruit and veg shop, come quality wine shop!

Good place to get Organic fruit and veg (the best organic apples are on sale here!). They have a great selection of health food products and basically all sorts of things your kitchen desires.

This could possibly be called the original health food shop of Galway!

What I love most about this place is that it has kept its old-school charm and its a joy to shop in here. One of my favorite times of the day when I lived in Galway was coming here after early morning yoga practice, just as they were opening up and shopping to the sound of Marty in the Morning on Lyric FM. (I’m easily pleased 🙂 )

Location 6-8 Sea Road, Galway.

Contact +353 (0)91 586812      erniesgalway@gmail.com

 

Holistic Therapy & Body Work

 

Sinead Murphy – Bio Energy & Massage Therapist

I can’t recommend Sinead highly enough! I always come out of a session totally relaxed, rejuvenated.

Sinead has been working for over 10 years full time in the holistic field and now specializes in Bio-Energy. A gentle and restorative treatment that rebalances the nervous system while subtly releasing the effect of stress.  The relaxing treatment aids in re-setting the nervous system and energy of the body to restore to health.

Bio-Energy can also assist in recovery and healing from all aspects of health from emotional stress to physical fatigue. Especially successful with releasing pain, calming anxiety and uplifting the body by gently re-tuning the natural energy flow of the body.

Contact  (087) 624 5685         Email sinead@restoringharmony.com

Saunas – Fitness Centres

 

For the ashtangis reading this, knowing where to find a sauna is helpful – well it is for me and especially if you are in town for a workshop 🙂 ! Coming into winter – saunas keep me sane (warm) and keep my bones from freezing to death.

Leisureland

Swimming pool, sauna and steam room available for use in Salthill, great to spend the evening here after yoga and/or a swim in the ocean. It’s €8 for use and I’m pretty sure you can stay as long as you want – as long as the pool is not being used for classes. I came here mainly for their sauna!

Location Salthill, Galway

 

Spirit One Spa

Oh this is a really nice treat if you want to go all out in your sauna/ spa experience.

It is actually quite reasonable and totally worth it. There are always different deals on and you can even just book in for a few hours and have access to their thermal suite area- their sauna, steam room, outdoor jacuzzi (it’s cold on the way out but fab once you are in the bubbling, steamy water.), heated relaxation loungers, rock sauna, hammam.

You get the idea.

It is €25 for an hour or €35 for a full day and there is an area where you can lounge in your dressing gown, sip some tea, eat some nuts/dried fruit and just step away from the world for a few hours.

It is a really nice way to spend a few hours and chill out.

Location The Galmont Hotel, Lough Atalia Road, Galway

 

Kingfisher Gym 

I love this gym. Its really well equipped, has a swimming pool and a sauna/ steam room. I usually come here for a few hours to use the gym and then spend some time in the sauna and steam room.

They have good big changing rooms, showers and hair dryers etc (important pieces of info for some :)).

I usually pay as I go, There are also fitness classes on the go and there is a small cafe downstairs.

Location NUI Galway Sports Centre, University Rd, Galway

 

Farmer’s & Flea Markets

Flea Style Market

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Flea style market, Claddagh hall. Photo Source

This is a great little Flea market held in the Claddagh once a month. It’s been running for about four years now but I only discovered it recently. As well as a great selection of stalls with some cool vintage pieces they have started to have delicious vegan food on offer – When I went along they had vegan burgers from Moodley Manor and raw and vegan sweets from Bliss Bites Bakery, Yum!

This is well worth a trip down for a stroll around inside and grab a coffee or a bite to eat which you can enjoy while overlooking the beautiful Claddagh.

You can also apply to trade at the market here. 

There are three more markets coming up in 2018 on November 24th and December 15th and 16th. Take a look here. 

Contact fleastylegalway@gmail.com

Location The Claddagh Hall, Galway

 

Galway Market

Galway’s famous Saturday market is always worth a visit.

Great food stalls – Falafels, Vegetarian Indian food, Sweets and coffee. Lovely hand-made crafts, jewellery, clothes, flowers, photography and all sorts of local and non-local artisan goods.

Great Organic veggie guy here, but get down early before all the good produce is whipped up.

Location Church Lane, Galway

 

Moycullen Country Market

This lovely little market runs weekly on a Friday from 1 pm – 5 pm. Organic veg, sushi, breads and cakes, delicious food local artisan crafts and soaps.

I am waiting for the day that I finally get out there to try the Legume burgers!! These bad boys look pretty epic!

We stopped in here on out way out to Connemara for the weekend and it’s a really nice place to stop into to have some lunch and pick up some nice bits. It’s great to see local markets thriving and even better to support them.

Contact (087) 267 2371

Location An Fuaran, Moycullen, Galway

 

 

Fun Things To Do

Galway Climbing Co-Op

This climbing wall is hidden inside a warehouse on the Tuam Road. Its a small enough space bit there is plenty of room and wall to climb and practice skills / technique.

You can pop along for a trial session on Tuesdays or Thursdays (and now I think they offer other trial session options if those days dont suit you). Its usually €5 or so for the session and after two sessions you can become a member and use the space when you like.

It is a really nice community here and even though I was totally new I felt really comfortable and everyone was really helpful and encouraging.

Location Bothar na Mine, Ballybane, Galway

 

Charlie Byrne’s bookshop

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I know , a book shop may not be the most exciting of ‘activites’ for some, but for me – it is. Especially Charlie Byrnes.

If you like books and even more so like all sorts of old, second-hand books then Charlie Byrne’s is a must visit. You can spend hours in here. They have an extensive selection of writings, both second-hand and new – from psychology to travel, spirituality, health, literature, Irish history – the list goes on.

You can usually order books in if you can’t find exactly what you are looking for and they take your old books and give you credit for second-hand books in the shop – it’s a win win (they have a few guidelines on books they don’t accept).

Anyways this is one of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday morning and ending up with more books than I can find time to read (which eventually get returned back here!).

Contact (091) 561 766

Location Cornstore Mall, Middle Street, Galway.

 

Galway Food Tours 

This is such a great idea and a really cool way to experience all of the delicious food and charm that Galway has to offer.

The tours you can enjoy include: Sweet Tooth tour, Food and Cycling tour, Whiskey Tour or a trip to the Arthouse Cinema and a food tour.

These tours are so creative and such a fantastic way to check out some of the best spots in town and also to have a group of people to do it with – whether they be new dining companions or a group of your own friends!

They really do go to the best places in town and you can be sure to really get a sense of the welcome and hospitable nature of this fine city of ours.

Contact Sheena +353 86 733 2885.

 

Palas Cinema

Pálás a new three screen arthouse cinema and cultural space in the UNESCO city of film- Galway. There is such a fantastic list of movies on show here – Classic favourites such as The Big Lewbowski, which included a pre-screening White Russian reception ! You can also see opera, ballet, theatre and art shows, international and award winning films, documentaries and Q & A sessions with directors and actors.

There are even Saturday morning cartoons for the kids! There is all the recently released films on show also.

There is a restaurant, Merrow and you can avail of early evening deals for cinema and dinner dates. There is veggie friendly food too.

So if you want a night in the cinema then these city centre screens would be a good choice to make a whole evening out of your trip. I mean when you go to the cinema, you might as well really go to the cinema,

Location 15 Merchant’s Road Lower, Galway

Real Adventures

Real adventures offer outdoor activities and adventure in one of my favourite places on earth, the stunningly beautiful connemara. You can enjoy some of the best that Irish nature has to offer – surfing local waves, hill walking, coasteering, kayaking, snorkeling, rock climbing and exploring caves with stunning views!

I joined Clare on a Kayak trip this summer. She takes you right into a sea cave which tunnels though a cliff  and then you have all of these inlets and a tiny hidden beach all along the sea edge. fter each mini kayaking session over the choppy ocean we got to sit back (the kayaks have a back rest + all for ultimate soak-it-all-up pleasure) among still waters looking up at the cliffs around us, or peering into the waters below to see what sea life lay beneath us.

With Ms.Clare from Real Adventures

I’m not a naturally confident person when it comes to water activities (even with years as a child doing them) and it takes me time to get comfortable. However, I instantly felt at ease with Clare as our guide. With a group of 10 people, all beginners- some quite nervous the whole way , Clare took it all in her stride and just gently encouraged us along and gave us updates on the swell and wind as we kayaked into them.

If you aren’t used to such activities and you get wind and see some choppy waves coming at you, it can be a bit unsettling if you’re nervous- but Clare’s confident yet relaxed guidance had everyone at ease and feeling safe.

Location Clifden, Connemara, Galway

Contact Clare (085) 146 2526      realadventures.ie@gmail.com

 

Salthill Prom

You can’t beat an walk on the Salthill prom – early morning or evening time are especially nice with gorgeous views of county Clare across the shore.

Salthill is a lively spot for lunch or dinner, and even more enjoyable after a dip in the ocean! Join the fellow water babies down at Blackrock pier.

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Take a dip at Blackrock diving board, Salthill

 

If you do make the worthwhile trip to Connemara (in my view one of the most beautiful places in the world) then Guys Bar Clifden is great for food, a drive or walk up Sky Road for some spectacular views, a walk and swim in Dog’s bay followed by some of the best grub in Roundstone in O’Dowds.

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Stunning views in the beautiful Ballyconneely

You’ll catch me soaking up the sun in one of Connemara’s finest spots, Ballyconneely as often as I get the chance to spin out here.

 

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