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Spiddal is situated 13 km West of Galway City in South Connemara Beautifully located overlooking Galway Bay & The Aran Islands. Spiddal is in An an Irish speaking region of Ireland know as an Gaeltacht where students come to learn the Irish language, culture and traditions.

Spiddal has many fine pubs where the best Irish traditional music can be enjoyed. Spiddal Craft Centre is where you can see crafts being made which gives a rare opportunity to buy unique handmade gifts directly from the skilled Artisans themselves. Consisting of a range of workshops, including candle making, leather work, pottery, screen-printing and siopa Gaeilge, weaving, celtic jewellery, bodhrán making, wood-turning and a Restaurant.

Galway has six Blue Flag Beaches Tra na mBan (An Spideal) , A rural beach which is easily accessible. Located close to Shannagarraun wood which is a Special Area of Conservation. The Oaks and Hazel and Holly and Birch have an under storey rich in ferns, mosses and lichens.

Day Tours arranged to the Aran Islands, Connemara and the Cliffs of Moher.

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Connemara:

"Connemara is a savage beauty" - Oscar Wilde

From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you'll know you're in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape.

Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland.

This natural terrain and unspoilt environment offers the visitor a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and activities. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland.

The beautiful spring flowers, buds on the trees, newborn lambs dancing on the hills and the call of the cuckoo all make Spring time a very special and magical time in Connemara. This is an ideal time to take a break as the countryside is totally renewed. On mellow Autumn days, one can enjoy the Connemara countryside, now clothed in different colours with each passing day. In the evening enjoy lovely warm turf fires after a day spent walking, cycling, painting, shooting, fishing or golfing.

Aran Islands:

Inis Mór (Inishmore) is the largest and most developed of the Aran Islands and combines a vibrant history with excellent facilities and lively nightlife. Blanketed in fissured limestone and a patchwork of fields, you can walk, cycle or ride the laneways here to discover the island's most celebrated monument, Dún Aonghusa. One of the most famous and most important prehistoric sites in Europe, this semi circular stone fort sits dramatically on top of a 100 metre drop into the sea. Elsewhere circular forts, early Christian remains, 12th Century high crosses and medieval churches dot the island.

Traditions are very much alive on Inis Mór and nightly music sessions and regular dances, impromptu storytelling and even currach racing are part of everyday life. Whether you wander the flower strewn laneways, watch the seals or relax on the beach, you'll be smitten by the people, culture and heritage of this incredible island.
Highlights

Dún Aonghusa fort; Na Seacht dTeampall ( the seven churches ); flora and fauna; live music.
Activities

Walking, cycling, swimming, horse riding, diving, basket making, learning Irish and cultural courses.

The Gaeltacht

óg Sos – tóg sa Ghaeltacht é!

Take a break - take it in the Gaeltacht
 

The lyrical language of Irish or Gaeilge once resonated through the hills and valleys of this entire island. During a turbulant history, the language has receded in its everyday use and is now centred in scattered areas, mainly in the western part of the country which are known as Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking areas. Ireland’s West is fortunate to harbour Gaeltachts in both Galway and Mayo.

In the Gaeltacht you will notice the Irish language on signs and shopfronts as well as in everyday speech. People here switch from Irish to English and vice-versa with ease and their English is peppered with Gaeilge phrases.

The Gaeltacht is also the cultural heartland of Ireland, a treasure house of all that is best in rich heritage, culture and folklore where people still play music, sing and dance in the old traditional manner. They also tend to be areas of great physical beauty, worth spending time in for that reason alone.

Address: Salahoona, Spiddal, Co Galway Tel: 353 (0) 91 553632 E: radharcarainnbnb@hotmail.com