Next to Dublin, Galway is one of the most popular cities to travel to in Ireland. It is along the Wild Atlantic Way and full of culture, music, artistry, great food, and history. This Clean Travel Guide to Galway offers great places to stay, clean eats, wellness activities, and cultural Irish highlights!

We loved Galway because it has a quaint, ancient feel with winding streets and medieval walls. It is on the coast, so you have city attractions as well as beaches and ocean adventures. If you stay near or in the city center, most shops and restaurants are easily walkable.

When you come to Galway, don\’t miss the vibrant Irish culture found here. You\’ll find it in the people, traditional Irish food, the music, and the rich history in and surrounding this city.

I hope this Clean Travel Guide to Galway is helpful and spurs on a trip to this unforgettable Irish city!

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STAY

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Adare Guesthouse

Adare Guesthouse is a quaint, modest, guesthouse just on the brim of the city center. Everything is easily walkable, which is why we chose this location. It’s close to everything, but in a quiet area, so you can relax away from the hustle when you want to.

We also chose Adare because their food is locally sourced and have their organic garden as well! Breakfast is included in your stay; and if you are traveling with kids, the guesthouse is adjacent to a large public park with a playground.

The Stop

This is the perfect place for artistic, adventurous, passionate travelers! The Stop is designed beautifully and is an inspiring place to rest while you are visiting Galway. I love this place because they include a locally sourced, organic breakfast with your stay!

The Ardilaun

The Ardilaun is a 4-star luxury hotel that sits in the suburbs just outside of Galway city center. They have beautiful amenities and several dining options while serving local West Ireland produce.

Corrib House

Corrib House is a historic Georgian-style home that was built in the early 1800s. It has since been restored and is now an old fashion Bed & Breakfast, with tea rooms and guest accommodations!

Corrib House is located right across the Salmon Weir Bridge from the Galway Cathedral, on the River Corrib.

In their Tea Room, they serve a beautiful drink menu with specialty coffee and teas, along with wine, juices, smoothies, and other treats! There is also a Brunch and Summer Evening menu for guests and nonguests to enjoy. Corrib House

Corrib House aims to support local producers and provide clean, fresh ingredients, so they source their food locally!

EAT

Ard Bia at Nimmos

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Ard Bia was one of our favorite restaurants in Ireland. They have a fantastic atmosphere, right on the river in Galway, and an even more fantastic menu.

You’ll find a seasonal and locally sourced menu. They serve organic wines and some great non-alcoholic beverages! They worked incredibly well with our dietary restrictions and the food was some of the best we have ever had

*Ard Bia is right next to the famous “Spanish Arch“! Knock this monument off of your sightseeing list on the way to dinner.

Temple Café

Temple café is a vegan cafe just couple of blocks off of the Latin Quarter in the city center. They locally sourced and use organic ingredients whenever possible.

They serve organic, fair-trade tea & coffee and have gluten-free items on the menu as well!

Dela

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Dela is a Galway clean eating highlight! It\’s a Scandinavian restaurant with an Irish twist. They source as much from their organic garden and animals as possible for their menu, and they also brew their beer.

The menu is unique and inventive and they have a fabulous atmosphere. Their food philosophy is a true farm-to-table method.

The organic selection was impressive, especially with such an eclectic menu. They also had great drink options and were extremely accomodating and understanding of any dietary requests.

*Be sure and make reservations!

Kai

Kai is located in Galway\’s Westend and has a constantly changing menu because they only source seasonally and locally! This is a *clean eating highlight* in Galway! Kai strives to use organic and wild food and \”cooks intelligently\”.

*You must make a reservation for dinner!

Greens & Co.

Greens & Co. of Galway is a locally sourced vegan restaurant that also features several gluten-free dishes as well. They have plant-based cheeses and mylk made in-house.

*Watch for soy and gluten exposures.

Tartare Café + Organic Wine Bar

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Tartare is a precious cafe and organic wine bar near the city center. It’s on a quaint street with several other great healthy restaurants. This place is a *must-visit*! We went twice!

The seasonal menu is locally sourced with organic salads, local artisan sourdough bread, vegan sweets, and AMAZING gluten-free bread. At night tartare turns into an organic wine bar with beautiful small plates using local meats, seafood, and cheese.

*Try the local organic Ko Kombucha! It’s a kombucha made by a local Irish couple, and you cant find it in many places, but tartare has it on their menu! It was some of the best kombucha we have ever tried.

Arabica Café

Arabica is in Galway’s Westend and serves organic fair-trade coffee and teas. They have a pretty large amount of seating for a café. They also have several vegan & gluten-free menu options, dairy-free milk alternatives, and other breakfast classics.

Moran\’s Oyster Cottage

Moran\’s is the perfect place to get fresh seafood, from sea to table! It is about 25 minutes outside of Galway, but well worth the drive! If you happen to be traveling to Galway from the south, this is a perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner, on your way!

Closed Mondays

Éan

Éan means \’bird\’ in Irish and is a local bakery, café, and wine bar. It\’s located on Druid Lane, right in the historic city center.

Almost all of their food is baked or made in-house with local, seasonal ingredients. A highlight of Éan is their naturally leavened sourdough bread. These ferment for long periods, which breaks down some of the properties of bread that are harder to digest, like gluten, and make it easier for our body to absorb the nutrients.

In the evenings Éan becomes a wine bar, serving organic, biodynamic wines along with unique small plates to share! This is one of those places you don\’t want to miss!

HEALTH SHOPS

Evergreen Health Store

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Evergreen Health Store is in the center of town and has a great selection of healthy cold and freezer goods, organic options, and clean snacks!

ACTIVITIES

Walk Quay Street / High Street / Shop Street

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These three streets are pretty much the same street. As it progresses, it changes into the next street name. Here you’ll find pedestrian streets, great nightlife, tons of food options, historical shops, and traditional Irish pubs with live music.

Latin Quarter – This is the hub of Galway. At night, the streets are filled with patrons, locals, and people sharing food and drinks as they enjoy live music.

Galway Market – This market happens on Saturdays in Galway. It stems off of High Street and you can follow it along, enjoying the fresh local fish, meats, produce, cheeses, coffee, food vendors, Irish seaweed products, local arts, oysters, bread, and fresh sushi. This is a perfect place to get food for lunch or travel snacks.

Galway Cathedral

Galway Cathedral is the last Roman Catholic Cathedral built in Ireland, which was built in the 50s & 60s.

Spanish Arch

This iconic Galway pre-medieval arch is on the Corrib River in the city center, next to Ard Bia at Nimmos.

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Stop in the Thomas Dillon Claddagh Ring Shop

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The Thomas Dillon Shop is where the Claddagh Ring originated. There is a fascinating tiny museum of the Claddagh Ring in the back of the shop, that shows the history and some of the oldest and most famous Claddagh Rings.

Visit the Aran Islands

The Aran Islands are located just off the coast from Galway and Doolin (near Cliffs of Moher). There are three islands – Inis Mór (largest), Inis Meain, and Inis Oirr (smallest).

Many come to explore these islands to escape from the modern world, bask in unique historical sites, and take in the views from breathtaking cliffs. You will find that the island locals speak Irish primarily, but also English as well.

On Inis Mór, explore the natural blowholes, including the rectangular Worm Hole. Try renting a bike once on the island to explore! Don\’t miss the beautiful beaches and the views of the Cliffs of Moher from the west side of the Island.

Drive from 35-minutes from Galway to Rossaveal to take the ferry to Inis Mór, or take the ferry from Doolin to the Aran Islands.

Visit the Cliffs of Moher

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The Cliffs of Moher are one of the most popular attractions in Ireland. They are easy to find and a good day trip from Galway, or stop in between County Kerry and Galway. It\’s about a 1.5-hour drive to the Cliffs from Galway.

Entry is 10 Euros per person, parking is across the road, and there is a short 5-minute walk to the Cliffs. There is a small visitors center/museum that you can go inside and visit – honestly not worth the time. There is also a cafe here, but we found it expensive and the menu options not great.

**Stop in Ennistymon for a clean eating highlight!**

The Aloe Tree is a must-stop if you are in the Cliffs of Moher area! Not only is this a great health food shop with fun gifts, but they also serve unique organic specialty coffees & drinks, smoothies, and juices. It was the BEST treat for the road.

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Explore Connemara National Park

Connemara National Park holds several mountain ranges and is a beautiful Western Ireland landscape to explore.

Try walking Diamond Hill for some great views of the ocean and surrounding mountain ranges.

Dogs Bay Beach is a really cool spot to enjoy and the perfect stop for a swim in the summer! *Don\’t miss this one.

Relax in Connemara Seaweed Baths

I\’m a big fan of seaweed baths, and they are popular along the Wild Atlantic Way because of the region and opportunity to hand-harvest fresh organic seaweed!

Health benefits from these baths are vast, including detoxification, improvement in skin conditions, arthritis, fungal infections, and more. It\’s also a great way to receive iodine, among other minerals and nutrients that we receive from saltwater seaweed baths.

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