Activities in & around Galway


All of the activities listed below can be undertaken as individuals or in groups. If you wish to liaise with other OER19 delegates who might be interested in doing various activities, we encourage you to use the OER19 Conference Backchannel to ask questions, share information, and possibly coordinate plans with fellow delegates:

(i) Activities in Galway City

Activity Details Price info
Galway Bay Boat Tour


Boat tours in Galway Bay, suitable for children, families, etc. Leaving directly from docks area (city centre). Please note that Ciaran will need 12 hours advance notice for a booking.

Contact: Ciaran Oliver

T: + 353 (0)87 280 7028

E: [email protected]  or

Usually €30 per person (weather and number dependent)
Urban Sketching tour

indoor or outdoor

Can do an afternoon or morning session (slightly more if materials that can be kept are included).

Contact: Róisín Curé

E: [email protected]

€200 per session for 14 students
Self-paced walking tour of Galway outdoor Will share link of interesting spots in Galway. Free
Archives at NUI Galway Library


Literary, historical and political collections

Archives at NUI Galway Library

Contact: Barry Houlihan

E: [email protected]

T: +353 9149 3353

Boat tour on the River Corrib


Corrib Princess Boat Tours

Books Lovers tour  indoor & outdoor For book lovers 🙂 check our Galway attractions map for great bookshops in Galway.

Also, the annual Cúirt Festival of Literature will take place in Galway from April 8-14, with many authors and poets and literature lovers around Galway during the week! Check out

Free (though you can pre-book tickets for specific Cuirt events)
Traditional Irish Music… “just for the craic

indoor and

Tig Cóilí Pub, Mainguard Street, 6pm & 9.30pm

Taaffes Pub, Shop Street, 5.30pm & 9.30pm

The Crane Bar, Sea Road, 9.30pm

Free (plus whatever you’re drinking)
Sunrise walk


Walk around Claddagh to Salthill, dip toes in Galway Bay & back Free

(ii) Activities slightly further afield (counties Galway and Clare)

Activity Details Price info
Bus Tour (along Wild Atlantic Way)


Tour the Galway/Clare coasts including Dunguaire Castle (Kinvara), Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Exhibition (Doolin), Cliffs of Moher.

A day trip departs Galway 10am, returning 5pm

Contact the website. Can book online or on the bus on the day subject to availability

€30 but group discount  available.

Groups of 5-9: 5% off (using code: GRP5)

Groups of 10-14: 10% off (using code: GRP10)

Groups of  15-19: 15% off (using code: GRP15)

Clifden Trad Fest


Festival of Irish traditional music will take place April 11-14… may be of interest for those staying after the conference.

Connemara National Park


3 looped walks from ‘gentle’ to ‘not for the faint hearted’ – great views, onsite cafe

Kylemore Abbey


Scenic lake, abbey, walled gardens and cafe.

Entrance fee
Killary Fjord


Ireland’s only fjord – very scenic. Boat trips, and sometimes dolphins  🙂

Free to look at; charge for boat trip