Yoga Travel Guide: Tuam, Co.Galway

Yoga 

Galway Yoga 

Eilis O’Regan was one of my first teachers here in Galway and I can’t recommend her classes enough. Eilis teaches classes in Tuam (as well as in Galway city). Her classes book up quite quickly but do get in touch if you would like to practice with a teacher who has years of experience.

Check out the Facebook page to keep up to date with classes and workshops.

 

 

Tuam Yoga and Pilates

Charlotte runs her yoga studio on the Tuam road and it has an excellent timetable with a class and hour to suit all needs. It is great to have a space like this in Tuam and Charlotte also hosts monthly yoga teacher meetups, workshops and other events. With such a great variety of classes and times – there will definitely be something suitable for all needs; Men’s yoga, mother and baby yoga, kid’s yoga, pilates, gentle/mixed level classes as well as meditation and mindfulness.

 

Charlotte Farragher of Tuam yoga & Pilates. Photo: Source

 

 

Eiru Healing

Mags and Midie teach are both long time practitioners of yoga and meditation and they both teach Japa and Kundalini yoga in Tuam. Having moved from their previous space (where I had the pleasure of teaching for some time), they now offer classes and treatments in the Mill House – a beautiful little spot, hidden away next to the river in town.

Offering yoga classes as well as other healing practices and treatments such as massage, reiki and shamanic healing.

You can take a look on the Facebook page here. 

 

 

Castle Hackett Yoga

When I heard that there was yoga happening in Castle Hackett, I couldn’t think of a more perfect space for a class. I have yet to get to a class out there but I am looking forward to it sometime (there will be a summer break, classes resuming in Septemer).

I have heard wonderful things about the sound baths – imagine sound therapy surrounded by all those luscious trees and countryside life that we have at Castle Hackett?

Yes a wonderful addition to the Tuam yoga scene! I am excited to see how this will continue to develop and grow as a space for the community.

 

Knock Ma woods next to Castle Hackett House.

 

 

Eating & Drinking 

 

 

Leaf and Bean. the best cafe in Tuam? By a long shot! Photo: Source

Leaf and Bean

I couldn’t have been happier when I heard this cafe was opening up in Tuam two years ago (is it that long already?).

Serving fresh, delicious food made in house using as much local and organic produce as possible. As well as that they have an great menu that caters for vegetarians and vegans (and it keeps getting better and better!)

I think something that makes this place so special is that Damien, the man behind this healthy cafe, Sean the excellent chef and all of the staff understand and are passionate about offering healthy, nutritious and inspired food as well as adhering to a local and organic ethos as much as possible.

Even the decor has a real natural and organic feel to it – open, bright, minimal, wooden chic! You can also see exhibitions of local artists and creatives on show here, supporting the community and showcasing some of the wonderful artistic talent which can be found in Tuam!

I would highly recommend the Super food Salad, the falafel wrap and all of the varying soups on offer each day are always a hit. The brown bread and scones baked fresh each day are gathering quite fame about the town and with reason – if they haven’t flown off the baking tray you can purchase any of their homemade goods to bring home.   They do have some pretty epic energy balls and plenty of vegan and gluten free treats aso. )

The best coffee in Tuam – with soya, almond or coconut milk for the non-dairy drinkers.

Location Shop St., Tuam        Phone +353 93 52703

 

Some delish vegan eating at Leaf and Bean.

 

Brownes

This is another new and exciting restaurant that opened up in Tuam since I’ve been back around Tuam.

My most recent meal here was delicious and they are more than obliging and helpful to create a superb vegan friendly meal if you let them know of your dietary requirements. My favorite dish was the roasted celeriac with hazlenuts topped with a delicious sauce. I’m still holding out hope for their chips to be veggie-friendly but I am pretty happy munching on their toasted nuts in the front bar until then.

 

The Ciu Ciu wine is both vegan and organic (and very tasty) and they also serve some tasty crafts beers.

It was one of the only spots I could find a glass of mulled wine over the Christmas period – for which I was delighted (I know, it is summer now but this info is important.) Oh, they do espresso martinis – Just sayin’.

This is my top spot of choice for a relaxed drink in Tuam.

Location The Square, Tuam, Co.Galway, H54 VP96.

Phone (093) 60700              Emal info@brownestuam.ie

 

 

Gather

Again, another awesome addition to the town – Tuam is starting to become a gastronomic paradise. This is the latest (several) award winning restaurant to open and again it runs on a locally sourced, organic (when possible) principle.

My most recent trip there was a brunch date and the second a birthday gathering – with top notch grub both times.

For the brunch eating; the kitchen very kindly whipped me up a superfood, powerhouse salad full of greens and seeds and hummus and other delights. For the evening meal (not in the one day!) I got to taste the fermented veg and hummus board to start and that was a delicious mix served with crunchy kale and wholemeal crackers. So, so good!!

The mezze board of dreams – hummus, fermented veg, crackers, kale.

They have a full veggie menu that can be altered for dietary requirements.

Aside from the food, the whole atmosphere here is just wonderful and everyone who works here is always helpful, warm and welcoming.

Extra points for their little shop of goodies – my personal favourite are the reusable Bee Green Wraps that they stock, which can be used instead of single-use items such as cling film and tin foil. I got the XL one and I absolutely love it for transporting and storing things.

So, we love Gather – a real credit to Tuam and definitely worth the trip here if you ever fancy an evening out in our little town.

 

Gather Restaurant looking great. Photo: Source

 

Campbell’s Tavern 

How  have I only discovered this place now? Technically not Tuam ( Headford), but a great spot. There is always a whole range of amazing gigs on here, they serve pizza and there is a small cocktail bar at the outisde seating area- a real gem of a place!

I went to a recent gig to listen to the great music of local Tuam musicians Padraig Stevens, Leo Moran and the absolutely stunning voices of the Whileaways. What an evening!

It was the first time I had been here and I realised that this is where all the fun happens! If you are looking for something different to do, outside of your usual Galway night out – why not come here after an early meal in one of Tuam’s award winning restaurants and then end the evening with a night of fantastic music and warm, lively and buzzy atmosphere at Campbell’s?

The music will not disappoint and there are some cool events happening over the summer as well as regular trad, folk and bluegrass sessions.

Follow their Facebook page and keep your eye out for what’s coming up Here.

 

The amazing Whileaways who will play a sold out gig in Campbell’s this July, with more dates around Ireland over the next few months. Video can be found on their YouTube channel and Facebook Page.

 

 

 

Organic Veg

The Savage Garden

Locally grown organic veg for sale on Saturdays in the Square. (*Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates).

All these veggies are grown by Orla in Abbeyknockmoy and it is a great addition to Tuam, as it is so hard to get organic veg around here and these are all grown locally with great care!

 

Fuinseog Farm 

Oh man these veggies are so good. This is a small organic farm which was created by Aitor just outside Tuam. While it doesn’t sell the veg to the public in the Tuam area, it is the soil behind many of the organic veg you can find in some of our favourite cafes and restaurants in Tuam (those delicious salad leaves you are munching on probably came from here, and by delicious I mean so delicious!)

I had the great joy to spend a short bit of time learning a (tiny) bit about organic farming here and, well it reminded me again of just how much work goes into growing local, organic food by these farms – and it is a lot of work! Makes me appreciate and try to support the organic, independent farmers like these when I can.

 

Dreamy, luscious tomatoes at Fuinnseog farm

 

Tuam Farmer’s Market

EXCITING NEWS! The Savage Garden and Browne’s are teaming up to bring a weekly farmer’s market to Tuam, such great news.

Thanks to the wonderful work of Orla a.k.a The Savage Garden, this has finally come to fruition with Brownes stepping in to offer their outdoor premises to host the weekly market. I am delighted and can’t wait to see this grow and evolve.

Current details taken from The Savage Garden’s Facebook page – Go ahead and take a look of get in touch with her if you want to take part.

“Farmers market commencing on Friday, July 20th in the yard of Brownes, Tuam . The market will take place every Friday from 8am to 2pm and will provide a much needed outlet for local producers in the town. A huge thank you to Stevie and Amanda for stepping up and generously offering this fabulous space. If you are a food producer from County Galway or within a 30 mile radius of Tuam and would be interested in partaking, email tuamfarmersmarket@yahoo.com for more information. More updates to come. “

 

 

Knock Ma being green and magic.

Knock Ma Woods

This place is pure joy and one of my favourite spots to go for a walk in nature. Honestly, it really is a magic place – I had a deer just pop out on my path once, you can’t get much more magic than this?

I’ve never actually timed it but it is a nice 30 – 40 min walk (I’d say) and depending on which side you ascend first, the strenuous levels will vary- to the left is steeper than starting to the right.

I just love coming here.

 

 

Collecting some wildflowers at Knock Ma

Health Food

New Harmony

New Harmony is a Tuam’s only local and independently owned health food store.

Anne Collins, who runs the store along with her husband, is a qualified and trained Kinesiologist, Bio-Energy healer with a particular interest in Nutritional Kinesiology and allergy testing.

The health store is very well stocked  – from food items, natural health and beauty care items as well as herbs, oils and other products.

Phone +353 93 52242         Address High St., Tuam

 

Keeping Fit

Coral Leisure Gym

I use this gym when I’m in a gym mood, they also have a sauna and a swimming pool.

It is €8 for a drop in gym session and you can also book into on of their classes that take place here almost daily (Pre-booking advised as they seem to fill up fast).

Telephone 093-52394         Email tuam@coralleisure.ie           Address Palace Grounds, Tuam, Galway

 

 

Velocity Fitness 

So I have yet to make it to a class here at Velocity fitness (I’m scared!) However, I hear nothing but great things about this place from many, many people.

There is a great range of options here for getting on / keeping up a fitness regime. One to one classes, a group/ buddy system, 8 week training programme, open gym, nutritional consultation, regular class packages and an online support group.

Well, what more does one need to get yourself feeling fit and healthy? The support system really helps to keep motivated and inspired (that’s what drags me out of bed on these early mornings for my own practice.)

 

Tel: (093) 60644     Email: info@velocityfitness.ie  Address Unit 12 MG Business Pk, Galway rd, Tuam

 

 

 

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