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Soft Coral, courtesy of Scuba Dive West

ISSUE 5 ARCHIVE - A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO EATING AND SLEEPING, GALWAY, IRELAND

Clear waters; perfect sandy beaches; rugged landscapes and a pint of Guinness never far away Galway in Ireland is a cracking place to enjoy some of the finest temperate water diving.

A Good night's kip
Close to Scuba Dive West:
Glassillaun Beach House, Glassillaun with views over the white sandy beach.
Tel: +353 (0)95 43925

Self-catering thatched cottages at Tully Cross, Renvyle.
Tel: +353 (0)95 43464
www.connemara-thatched-cottages.ie
Regaldive
Aerial View, courtesy of Scuba Dive West Camping sites are at Lettergesh beach.
Tel: +353 (0)95 43406
or Renvyle beach
Tel: +353 (0)95 43462

Inishbofin There is a wide variety of choices on this small island. The Galley B&B on the East side is perfectly located with one of the most beautiful beaches close by and views over to the mainland and the Connemara Mountains in the background watch out for otters around the coastal rocks.
Tel: + 353 (0)95 45894

If you're looking for somewhere to indulge yourself then stay at Inishbofin House Hotel & Marine Spa.
Tel: +353 (0)95 45809
www.inishbofinhouse.com
Diver and Coral, courtesy of Scuba Dive West Aran Islands there are a small number of B&B options available, many with views over the island and over to Galway Bay. www.aranislands.ie

Food & Booze
Well this is Ireland, so a pub will already be in view. I have no particular recommendations as the best pubs often look the most unlikely. But local characters and live music can be found in many of the drinking establishments. Just be warned that if you're heading to Inishbofin, then the whole island is renowned for drinking until the early hours at the one and only pub on this island (Day's Bar).
Travelling Diver
Local produce and fresh fish are served up in many places. Oliver's bar in Cleggan is definitely a good spot, where you can watch the day's catch come in from the harbour at the same time as enjoying some of the freshest seafood on your plate.
Tel: +353 (0)95 446 40
www.oliversbar.com

Not In The Water
Galway has so much variety to offer, particularly those who love to get outdoors. The Connemara Mountains have some fantastic walking opportunities with the twelve Bens making some challenging hiking but worthwhile for the spectacular views across the Galway coast or over the Inagh Valley onto the Maamturk Mountains.

Other activities in the area include: horse riding across the beaches; fishing in the lakes; golf; cruising up the nine mile Killary Fjord; visiting the islands off the Galway coast (it's like going back to prehistoric times over on the Aran Islands with the barren landscapes, monster cliffs dropping straight to the sea and iron age forts dotted around these limestone deserts).

Local diving contacts

Scuba Dive West,
Renvyle,County Galway, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)95 439 22
www.scubadivewest.com
This PADI 5* & National Geographic centre offers: a fully stocked dive centre; equipment rental (including full dry suits); servicing & repairs; 300 bar air fills (Nitrox available); courses; a house reef perfect for training or underwater photographers; boat charters & safari trips to Inisboffin/Inisturk/Clare Islands. There are hot showers, a coffee area and classrooms. The centre also boasts its own private wreck that is teeming with life the Julia T.

Dive Galway
Tel: +353 (0)85 262 6957
www.divegalway.com

Galway city based PADI dive centre offering equipment hire and sales; air fills; rib dives; IHATD Qualified and plenty of blarney free with every dive!

Aran Islands Dive Centre (Inishmeain)
Tel: +353 (0)91 505 943
Nick at Scuba Dive Ireland dotcom

Inishbofin & Clare Islands
John McCabe
Tel: +353 (0)87 222 7098
www.islandswest.ie

Offers PADI courses, 300 bar air fills and boat trips for qualified scuba divers from both Inishbofin and Clare Islands.
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