In searching for a B&B in Galway, I found the Salthill suburb. I find that the accomodations there are much more reasonable here and it looks like a charming area. I also found that it's less than 2 miles from Galway City. That being said, has anyone else stayed here, and if so, are there many buses readily available to take into Galway City? Is there nightlife/restaurants/pubs in Salthill?
I looked at the B&Bs in Salthill and found they were about 10 e cheaper then on College.We stayed on College which is a short walk into downtown Galway .Salthill is a 8 minute dri ve.We left our car at the B&B.I have the name of the B&B we stayed at which was excellent.There are many within a few blocks on college.
Forgive my ignorance, but what is College? A street or a neighborhood? And I'd love the name of the B&B you stayed at (if you like it!)
I stayed in Salthill and I would probably do it again. I forget the name of the B&B, but it was highly recommended in RS book. There was a bus that dropped off right near the B&B and a lovely boardwalk-type walking path along the coast for most of the way into the city. It's a longish walk (I want to say 30-40 minutes), but great if the weather is nice. I was also nice to not have to battle city traffic on the days when we day tripped out.
Sayed at the Seabreeze in the Salthill area for three days in late September. Price and accomodation was excellent. We drove so I can't tell you anything about bus service.
You'll have no problem finding nightlife. Most of our pub time was at O'Connors Pub. It is also within easy driving of Kylemore and Clifden. But if you want to do the coastal area in south Galway you should stay a night in Clifden.
The Griffin Lodge is within walking distance to the center of Galway, inexpensive and owner operated. If her car spaces are full, she'll cone off some street parking for you if you call ahead. I've stayed at fancier B&Bs, but I got the best treatment here.
I would definitely recommend a visit to Salthill, but Galway has a lot more to offer if you'll be there a few nights or more.
Thanks guys. The lodging you suggested is unbelievably affordable and looks very quaint. We're not looking for fancy, just ensuite and free breakfast. So these look wonderful. We won't have a car, so we don't need parking. If you have any other suggestions for either Galway or Salthill for pubs/restaurants, I'd love to have them!
Amy: The previous poster means "College Road" when he refers to "college". It's the name of a street in Galway City - about a 10 minute walk from the bus/train station and Eyre Square. College Road has many B&Bs - some of which are listed in the Rick Steves Ireland Guidebook. The Four Seasons B&B (listed in the RS Guidebook-ensuite rooms and free breakfast) is very reasonable and the hosts are extremely helpful should you decide you want to stay in Galway City.
Salthill is a nice area - there are plenty of restaurants and pubs in Salthill, and it's a quick taxi or bus ride into Galway. You're also right on the Salthill promenade along the shores of Galway Bay. Just be sure to factor in the cost of the taxis and buses to and from Galway City. You may find you'll break even on the Galway City B&B if you don't have to pay for lots of taxis or buses out to Salthill.
The Front Door, The Living Room, The Quays and Busker Brownes are all great for drinks.
Wow Ceidleh, you're a wealth of information! I asked you in a response to another thread of mine, but I'll ask you here, too, in case you didn't see the other one. Are you originally from Ireland?
Hello again Amy,
Salthill is a great part of galway especially if the weather is anyways nice. Walks along the promenade on a sunny evening cant be beaten! There are a few pubs in Salthill and a couple of Nightclubs, I also think there is a casino somewhere in the area. City pubs would prob have better atmospheres though.
Buses shouldn't be a problem from Salthill to the city you can walk it if the weather is good and it is a nice walk. Some evening head for a pub in Salthill have a couple of drinks then walk in to the city for the rest of the night. Get a taxi/bus back.
You also have leisureland in salthill, it has an amusement park (open summer only) leisure/fitness centre and swimming pool. If you like swimming you also have the option of jumping off the Pier in salthill this is a favorite with the locals!
There is also a rumor the Galway Airshow will return in 2009 which is held in Salthill this was a huge day out when it was last held in 2007.
We stayed in Salthill in September 2008. Great place right on Galway Bay. Beautiful at sunset. Plenty of eating places. I remember the Galleon and a pub, Loman's (? maybe not the name, but close) just along from the Galleon. Both had great food. We tried to eat at the Schooner but it was closed the night we went there.
There is a hop on hop off tour bus that stops in Salthill, but there is also a regular bus service into Galway that is much cheaper and runs more frequently.
Enjoy your stay - we did!
Thanks guys. This info is great!
"You also have leisureland in salthill..."
Leisureland? Are you required to wear a leisure suit (a grim and painful memory for any of us entering adulthood in the '70's)?