Galway was once the main trading port between Ireland and France and Spain. Nowadays though it’s known more for its arts scene, having been a joint European City of Culture in 2020. This linear, 7 mile walk along the coastline uncovers the diverse history of this city along with offering some coastal, cultural and urban charm.
Our starting point is the beautiful Ballyloughane Beach where you might want to spend a moment or two just watching the waves rhythmically lap along the shoreline. When you’re ready, we’re following the path along “The Line” – a unique shortcut that runs parallel to the railway line across to Lough Atalia. This passage leads you from one side of the city to the other. As our walk continues, we pass some of the iconic landmarks of Galway including Eyre Square with its amazing atmosphere and welcoming green spaces.
Nearby is Lynch’s Castle and Blake’s Castle that offer a glimpse into the medieval past of the city. Continuing onwards we come to Mutton Island Causeway and the spectacular views out to sea alongside the tranquillity of the causeway itself. Keep an eye and an ear out for the birdlife that reside here. From here our walk heads westward along the famous Salthill Promenade.
This is a great place for a pit stop in one of the many cafes and restaurants that line the route, each offering a breathtaking view out across Galway Bay. As you come to the end of this 7 mile walk, you’ll find several bus stops that offer you a ride back into the city centre – unless of course you’re feeling energetic and want to retrace your steps!
Julia on location filming Julia Bradbury’s Irish journey …