I am just back from three wonderful nights in Galway. We had a wee trip away booked for Scott’s mum Angie’s Christmas present from us and Scott’s Dad Michael. We stayed in Salthill just a little outside of the city centre, right on the promenade. Our apartments were lovely – spacious rooms, well equipped kitchen and balcony that faced the sea so we had a beautiful viewpoint for every sunrise and sunset. We stayed with Galway Bay Sea View Apartments. Definitely would stay here again; I’d loved to try their penthouse apartments next time. Angie was glad we didn’t though because the height we were at already on the second floor was high enough for her.
Galway city centre was lined with traditional shops, bars and restaurants – all of which had their own distinctive style and look to them.
Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara – a short drive from Galway City. We decided to get a bite to eat before heading over to take pictures of this castle and OMG was that a brilliant decision?! We came across The Merriman Hotel Bar & Restaurant – which has the largest thatched roof in Ireland. I was on a real seafood kick in Galway and so went for their seafood chowder; it came with a warm white bread roll and also a warm slice of Guinness wheaten bread. Now, I’ve have seafood chowder quite a few times and I’m a real seafood lover – their seafood chowder was the best I’ve ever had – HANDS DOWN! It was absolutely beautiful – words and pictures cannot do it justice – you just have to experience it for yourself to believe me!
The castle itself was pretty cool – you can’t go inside it unfortunately but they might open the gates during the summer time for tourists. Scott got a few drone shots and Michael took some nice time lapses of it also.
Bars & Restaurants
Papa Rich – Gorgeous Asian restaurant in Salthill – very quick and efficient service. To start I ordered calamari, Scott got chicken wings, Angie got BBQ ribs and Mike ordered wontons. All were beautiful – of course the calamari wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I loved it! For mains – I had a Malayan curry, Scott a Thai red curry, Angie had a lovely sweet chilli chicken with noodles and Mike ordered a Singapore noodle dish. The food here was very fresh and packed a lot of flavour.
The Skeffington Arms – Light lunch in the city centre – beautiful goats cheese salad for me and Angie, Scott had chicken wings and Mike had a sandwich with a cup of soup. Myself and Angie thoroughly enjoyed our salads.
On our last night we dined in a cosy restaurant called Gemelle’s. I had been looking forward to trying authentic and quality Galway Bay oysters and I had been looking up reviews on TripAdvisor all day to try to find the best restaurant that would also suit Scott and his parents also. Gemelle’s did not disappoint. It had a very relaxed atmosphere but also stylish decor. I would love to come back to this restaurant – it was just the perfect spot to enjoy our last night. To start, Angie ordered panko prawns, Scott had chicken skewers, Mike had fish cakes and, I of course, ordered my oysters – which were surprisingly only two euro each and absolutely beautiful – so fresh and beautifully presented. There’s a video on my facebook page of me eating them and I know I’m talking a load of non-sense but they were really lovely and I would 100% order them again.
I had asked my friends Granny to look at our two rascals at home and I wanted to get her something nice to say thanks. I saw this tin of toffee that actually said on it ‘Thanks for looking after my pet’ and I had to get it.
We all had an absolutely amazing time in Galway and I can’t wait to go back!