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Family Fun in Galway

With an abundance of activities on the door step of the Loughrea Hotel and Spa we have compiled a short list of top activities in the area and County Galway from Golf to horse riding, Karting to Zorbing you won’t be disappointed. Believe us when we say you will need more than one night to explore all the East Galway countryside has to offer.


Loughrea Hotel is also a fantastic base from which your can explore the Wild Atlantic Way which is both North and South of the hotel. To the South we have the Burren, to the Cliffs of Moher and to the North Connemara, Kylemore Abbey and the Killary Harbour.

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Day One

Cliffs of Moher


Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point The Cliffs of Moher stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry.

Loughrea Hotel – Ideal for exploring The Cliffs Of Moher

Located 74km from The Cliffs Of Moher, Loughrea Hotel is the ideal place to stay for exploring the west of Ireland. We have ample free car parking, free Wi-Fi & our Shore Island Spa with steam room, sauna & Jacuzzi making Loughrea Hotel a perfect venue to relax after a day exploring The Cliffs Of Moher.

Day Two

Slieve Aughty Centre


For a family day out, you can book pony rides to the Enchanted Forest for the kids.  It’s a great day out with the craft room, games, playground and farm animals to visit.  While you are there, take advantage of The Three Towers Organic Kitchen and grab a bite to eat before or after your ride. Don’t fancy the horses they have four self-guided walking trails give you options from 3-12 km, each with a detailed map to get you back safely.

Loughrea Hotel – Ideal for exploring The Slieve Aughty Centre

Slieve Aughty Centre is located only a short 15 minute drive from Loughrea Hotel & Spa.  We have ample free car parking, free Wi-Fi & our Shore Island Spa with steam room, sauna & Jacuzzi making Loughrea Hotel a perfect venue to relax after a day exploring

Day Three

Fr Teds House


Father Teds House is located in the heart of the Burren a 40 minute drive from Loughrea Hotel & Spa.

Our hotel’s perfect location makes it easy for our guests to check out popular County Clare attractions such as Father Ted’s house focused on three priests living on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland.

Fans of hit comedy show Father Ted would love to spend an afternoon visiting the iconic Father Ted’s house in the heart of the Burren adjacent to the Wild Atlantic Way.

The famous house is named the Glanquin Farmhouse and is the home of the McCormack family but is known by most people as Father Ted’s house.

Day Four

The Burren


The Burren National Park is located in the southeastern corner of the Burren and is approximately 1500 hectares in size. The Park land was bought by the Government for nature conservation and public access. It contains examples of all the major habitats within the Burren: Limestone Pavement, Calcareous Grassland, Hazel scrub, Ash/Hazel Woodland, Turloughs, Lakes, Petrifying Springs, Cliffs and Fen.

The word “Burren” comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place. This is an extremely appropriate name when you consider the lack of soil cover and the extent of exposed Limestone Pavement. However it has been referred to in the past as “Fertile rock” due to the mixture of nutrient rich herb and floral species.

Day Five

Connemara and Kylemore Abbey


Connemara is a district in western Ireland, facing the Atlantic. Its coastline has tiny coves, bays and fishing villages like Roundstone. Connemara National Park is a vast expanse of mountains, bogs, heathland and lakes. The park is also home to a herd of Connemara ponies.

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden is Ireland’s most romantic Castle, set in the stunning surrounds of Connemara!

Day Six

Doolin and the Aran Islands


Inis Mor is the most visited island, with up to 2,000 visitors each day during the busy summer season. The island is a lively place at night, with great Irish music and dance shows. Kilronan is the main village on the island, where the ferry boats pull in. It has several dining, shopping and accommodation options to choose from. It also has the only ATM on the islands (genuine off-shore banking!) Other villages include Killeany, south of Kilronan and Kilmurvey – close to Dun Aengus.