A locals guidebook to Oranmore and other stops along the Wild Atlantic Way

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A locals guidebook to Oranmore and other stops along the Wild Atlantic Way

Things to see in Oranmore
A bustling picturesque village on the shores of Galway Bay. Home to a selection of good bars, eateries and coffee hotspots. Make sure to walk off the beaten track of the main street to take in views of Galway Bay and the iconic medieval Oranmore Castle, a superb location to watch sundown 🌥
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Oranmore
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A bustling picturesque village on the shores of Galway Bay. Home to a selection of good bars, eateries and coffee hotspots. Make sure to walk off the beaten track of the main street to take in views of Galway Bay and the iconic medieval Oranmore Castle, a superb location to watch sundown 🌥
Places to Eat in surrounding areas
Top of the list for all seafood enthusiasts 🍽😋🍤🦀🦞🦐🦑🦪 Booking is recommended but easily done by phone. Outdoor dining is well set up to cater for C19 restrictions and any adverse weather 😀 The food here is exceptional with a quaint locally run feel to the place. Situated on the outskirts of a neighbouring village, best accessed by car 🚗
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Moran's Oyster Cottage
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Top of the list for all seafood enthusiasts 🍽😋🍤🦀🦞🦐🦑🦪 Booking is recommended but easily done by phone. Outdoor dining is well set up to cater for C19 restrictions and any adverse weather 😀 The food here is exceptional with a quaint locally run feel to the place. Situated on the outskirts of a neighbouring village, best accessed by car 🚗
Great for a take away pizza or other tasty authentic Italian options 🍕. Dine in also an option. In the centre of Oranmore.
Da Enzo Ristorante Italiano
Great for a take away pizza or other tasty authentic Italian options 🍕. Dine in also an option. In the centre of Oranmore.
A beautiful restaurant for those looking for a more fine dining experience in the heart of Oranmore.
Armorica Restaurant, wine bar & Accommodation
A beautiful restaurant for those looking for a more fine dining experience in the heart of Oranmore.
A great pit stop that caters for drinks or dining 🍻🥂🍽 ample outdoor space with a good varied menu, tasty food.
PORTERHOUSE
A great pit stop that caters for drinks or dining 🍻🥂🍽 ample outdoor space with a good varied menu, tasty food.
Superb beer garden set up in this local pub to cater for local pizza efficiandos Urban Fire 🔥🍕 stone firing their tasty pizzas much to the enjoyment of locals and visitors. Great atmosphere for drinks and food. Check in advance availability of pizza truck as opening times have varied during C19. Menu limited to pizzas but you won't want anything else they're so good 😋
Glynn's Bar
Superb beer garden set up in this local pub to cater for local pizza efficiandos Urban Fire 🔥🍕 stone firing their tasty pizzas much to the enjoyment of locals and visitors. Great atmosphere for drinks and food. Check in advance availability of pizza truck as opening times have varied during C19. Menu limited to pizzas but you won't want anything else they're so good 😋
If you're looking to dine out closer to base in Renville then consider a meal at the Golf Resort on your door step. Depending on restrictions in place during your stay you could book a table out on the patio of this prestigious golf course and take in views of Galway City as it lights up at night across the bay.
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Galway Bay Golf Resort
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If you're looking to dine out closer to base in Renville then consider a meal at the Golf Resort on your door step. Depending on restrictions in place during your stay you could book a table out on the patio of this prestigious golf course and take in views of Galway City as it lights up at night across the bay.
Pubs to visit in Oranmore
Iconic thatch roofed bar with superb beer garden, worth a visit whether limited to indoor or outdoor pursuits. Cosy country pub much loved by locals and visitors alike 🍻🥂
The Thatch / McDonaghs
Iconic thatch roofed bar with superb beer garden, worth a visit whether limited to indoor or outdoor pursuits. Cosy country pub much loved by locals and visitors alike 🍻🥂
Things to do in Connemara
Well worth attempting to fit this in for anyone who enjoys a low level hike with breathtaking views. Takes just a couple of hours to complete with different routes available offering varying degrees of difficulty. Toilets and coffee shop available on site. Ample parking but can get busy at peak times. Dogs must be kept on lead 🐶
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Diamond Hill
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Well worth attempting to fit this in for anyone who enjoys a low level hike with breathtaking views. Takes just a couple of hours to complete with different routes available offering varying degrees of difficulty. Toilets and coffee shop available on site. Ample parking but can get busy at peak times. Dogs must be kept on lead 🐶
If doing a trip to Connemara consider a day trip by boat (from Cleggan) or overnight stay on this idyllic island where life runs at a slower pace. Rent bikes to easily navigate the surrounding beaches and sensational views. Book accommodation in advance, if planning an overnight stay consider Inishbofin House Hotel for comfort and spectacular views.
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Inishbofin
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If doing a trip to Connemara consider a day trip by boat (from Cleggan) or overnight stay on this idyllic island where life runs at a slower pace. Rent bikes to easily navigate the surrounding beaches and sensational views. Book accommodation in advance, if planning an overnight stay consider Inishbofin House Hotel for comfort and spectacular views.

Traveler advice

What to pack

Bring a good selection of weather proof clothing

Light rain gear and umbrellas are a good idea when sight seeing in the west of Ireland. Don't let the weather put you off from getting out and about seeing the sights and enjoying what Galway has to offer 😎🌂🌤🌞 summer showers are often short lived and even the dullest day can hold a break in the clouds to reveal spectacular sunny spells. Always have swim wear and a towel packed on your day trip to take advantage of the beautiful shoreline along your travels 🏖🩱🩳 appropriate footwear will enhance your ability to take a dip in places that may be rocky or sea weed laden 🩴🩴
Getting around

Public Transport is an option too

Take the stress out of city parking and take the bus or train from Oranmore to the city and surrounds. There is ample parking at the train station in Oranmore where you could leave your car if planning to explore Galway City by foot or if you're planning a day trip the Aran Islands by boat from the City.