Galway Solo Female Travel:
Galway is a lively little coastal city at the edge of Ireland. It’s the perfect stopping point on the way to the Cliffs of Moher and a nice spot to do a bit of shopping and pub-hopping. If you have two days in this city then this Galway Solo Female Travel Guide will show you exactly how to spend them.
When To Go
June – October (High Season)
Daytime Temps: 57F-66F (14C-19C)
Nighttime Temps: 46F-54F (8C-12C)
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What To Wear
The high season is during Galway’s warmest months but you’ll still want to bundle up. It gets as high as the mid-60s during the day so some sweaters, jeans, and a light jacket should get you through the trip. Not to mention it’s crazy windy out by the Cliff of Moher so you’ll be happy you have the layers.
Hostels (High Season): Prices range from 16 Euro to 22 Euro per night.
**Note: These are the prices for hostels with a rating of 8.0 or higher on Hostelworld.com.**
Hotels (High Season): Prices for budget hotels range from 70 Euro to 85 Euro per night.
What To Spend
50 USD/ 65 AUD/ 65 CAD/ 40 EUR/ 35 GBP
*Assuming you’re on a backpacker’s budget. Making use of public transportation, staying in hostels or other budget accommodations and eating out about once a day. For the daily budgets of other destinations check out Round The World Trip Budget next.*
How To Get Around
The best way to explore Galway is on foot. If you’re staying in the heart of Galway then most of the main attractions will be nearby and you’ll have the chance to explore life on the twisty, cobblestone lanes of the city.
If you want to bus it up instead, you’ll be glad to know Galway has an extensive and inexpensive bus system for you to take advantage of. The routes reach all corners of Galway and the fare costs €2.40.
A Leap Card makes traveling around Ireland so much easier. Top-up your Leap Card and use it to get cheaper bus fares while exploring Galway. The Leap Card can be used on these Bus Éireann and City Direct services in Galway:
- Bus Éireann 401 – 410
- City Direct 411 – 414
What To Do In Galway
The Spanish Arch
The Spanish Arch isn’t really something to do but it is an interesting bit of history. The Arch was built in 1584 to protect merchant ships from looting. Even though there’s nothing Spanish about it, frequent trade with Spain soon gave it the name. The Arch was partially destroyed by a tsunami in 1755 but still stands today.
Galway City Museum
The Galway City Museum is small but still a great way to spend the morning. A quiet, modern space filled with amazing, informative exhibits on local and Irish history. Entrance is free, yes free, and there’s so much for you to see, learn and interact with. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this little city museum.
Eyre Square is a public park right in the heart of the city. It’s surrounded by restaurants and cute shops and it’s a great place to sit out, people watch and jot a few things down in your journal.
Quay Street is popping day and night. During the day the street is the perfect place to shop, load up on souvenirs and grab a quick bite. At night, the street comes alive with crowds falling out of the pubs and everyone talking, laughing, drinking and having a good time.
Visit the Cliffs of Moher
Maybe you’re coming all the way out to Galway to book a tour to the famous Cliffs of Moher. If you are, then I don’t blame you because that’s exactly what I did. The Cliffs of Moher are breath-taking. The Cliffs reach up to 700 ft high and offer you panoramic views of the rugged coast of Ireland and the Atlantic ocean. For more information on this incredible spot, visit The Cliffs of Moher website.
Tip: Bring a jacket and something to tie up your hair because it gets wiiiiiiiindy. My hair was whipping and flying around like crazy and all my pictures are hilarious as a result.
Travel & Safety Tips
Watch Out For Pickpockets
Pickpocketing and thefts do occur and travelers need to be on the lookout. To protect yourself and your things you should try not to carry any valuables on you, always have your stuff with you and keep your belongings in an anti-theft bag.
For More Travel Safety Tips
Good luck and Happy Travels!