Dunguaire Castle, Galway, Ireland

Car Hire in Galway, Ireland

Galway is an old city in the west of Ireland, sitting on the banks of the River Corrib.  Galway Bay looks out over the Atlantic Ocean, whose high waves and ocean breezes have helped to shape the rugged western coast of the island.  There are several major car hire agents operating in Galway and throughout Ireland, including Budget, Hertz and Argus.  Galway does have a domestic airport, most flights coming through Dublin – the capital – or Shannon, on the southwest of Ireland.  To get the best deal and cheapest car rental in Galway, Ireland go online and compare the best deal for your rent a car in Galway with major car rental companies Budget Car Rental and Honk Hire Cars.

Car Rental in Galway, Ireland:

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher

One of the most stunning features the Atlantic Ocean has created is the Cliffs of Moher.  Towering 700ft and stretching 8 kilometres, it forms a border to the Burren region.  From Galway, follow the signposts in your Galway car hire towards County Clare.  On a clear day you can see for miles around, from Galway Bay to the mountains of Connemara and south to the Dingle Peninsula.  O’Briens Tower is near the highest point of the cliffs and serves as the best viewing point. 

The Burren – a Gaelic word meaning “great rock” – is one of the largest Karst regions in Europe.  The landscape is limestone criss-crossed with “grikes” (cracks); thanks to its temperate climate, it has an extremely long growing season supporting diverse and rich flora.  Not to mention the stunning rock formations, limestone cliffs and portal tombs, as well as traditional Irish stonewalls, constructed by layering stones found in the western region creating strong and sturdy walls without cement.  Stay at a local Bed and Breakfast and explore your chosen town for hearty dinners and the West Clare Style of traditional Irish music and ceile.  For cavers, base yourself in Doolin and get underground, a highlight being Pollnagollum.

Hire a Car in Galway: The City

While it is a modern city with all the amenities you can expect from shopping, nightlife and cuisine, Galway retains a distinct old Irish atmosphere.  You can enjoy traditional Irish music and dancing at Monroe’s Tavern, or sample the jazz at Blue Note.  There are several cathedrals and towers in and around the city.  Nearby is Coole Park, a haven for writers and poets and home of a patrol and inspiration to many of them, Lady Gregory.  The house, park and lake provided the inspiration for Yeats’ poem The Wild Swans at Coole and are now open to the public. 

Leave your Galway car rental behind, and take a boat day trip from the city to the Aran Islands, home of the Aran wool knit style, usually producing warm jumpers and cardigans worn by farmers on the wind-beaten hills.  The rocky hills are littered with old Christian churches, hill forts and Celtic crosses dating back as far as 1500 B.C.  Rent a bicycle for the day and explore the island chain.  Though not a large area, Galway by hire car will seem like an adventure never-ending discovery.