Embrace the Sunshine! 10 Fun Outdoor Adventures in Galway on a Sunny Day

Ireland is famous for many things: rolling green hills, dramatic cliffs, and, whether you like it or not, a healthy amount of rain. The Emerald Isle gets its nickname from the lush, green landscapes, all thanks to the frequent showers that nourish them. Packing layers, raincoats, and umbrellas are a must when exploring the outdoors, but these little preparations are nothing compared to the majestic natural wonders you’re about to witness. 

While the locals cherish the cozy nights and misty mornings that are part of the magic of Ireland, but there’s an undeniable thrill when summer finally graces the Emerald Isle. It’s a cause for celebration nationwide, and especially vibrant in cities like Galway. 

In addition to its vibrant culture, charming streets, and stunning natural beauty, Galway in summer bursts with life with endless possibilities for outdoor adventures. So, pack your walking shoes, sunscreen, and a sense of wonder – Galway’s summer sunshine is waiting to be embraced!

1. Enjoy a Relaxing Afternoon at Eyre Square

Looking for the best spot for booking your hotel in Galway City? Find one in Eyre Square, a bustling city park in the heart of Galway. The park is especially popular on sunny days when the grassy areas are packed with people relaxing, picnicking, or enjoying street performers. There’s also a playground for children and seasonal markets throughout the year.

Some of the interesting things you’ll find in Eyre Square include the Browne Doorway, The Tribes of Galway Flags, Galway Shopping Center, and the pedestrianized area lined with benches. 

2. Explore Galway City Centre

Galway's Latin Quarter

Galway City Centre is a labyrinth of charming streets lined with colorful shops, traditional pubs with lively music, and historical landmarks. Take your time wandering through the cobbled lanes of the Latin Quarter, browse the stalls at the bustling Galway Market, and marvel at the iconic Spanish Arch, a 16th-century gateway overlooking the harbor.

3. Stroll and Explore Salthill Promenade

A stroll along the picturesque Salthill Promenade is a must-do on a sunny day in Galway. This scenic walkway stretches for roughly 3 kilometers along Galway Bay, offering breathtaking views of the sparkling water, the distant hills of County Clare, and the iconic Blackrock Diving Tower.  People-watch, have a picnic on the grassy areas or grab some ice cream and enjoy the refreshing sea breeze.

Salthill Promenade | Things to Do in Galway | Claregalway Hotel

4. Hit the Beach

Galway boasts several beautiful beaches, perfect for soaking up the sun and cooling off with a swim. Silver Strand in Barna, a short drive from the city center, offers pristine white sand and calm waters, ideal for families. Alternatively, Traught Beach near Kinvara is a hidden gem known for its dramatic scenery and strong waves, popular with surfers.

5. Kayaking on the River Corrib

For adventurous travellers, kayaking on the tranquil waters of the River Corrib is a fantastic way to experience Galway’s natural beauty from a different perspective. Paddle past lush green meadows, spot local wildlife, and soak in the stunning scenery. Several companies offer kayak rentals and guided tours on the river.

6. Take a Day Trip to the Aran Islands

Everything you need to know about Galway's Aran Islands

If you have extra time and want a truly unique experience, consider a day trip to the Aran Islands. These rugged and beautiful islands, located off the coast of Galway, offer a glimpse into traditional Irish culture and breathtaking natural landscapes. Explore ancient forts, wander along dramatic cliffs, and experience the warmth and hospitality of the islanders.

7. Go Horseback Riding in the Connemara Region

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For a truly unique experience, consider a horseback riding adventure through the stunning Connemara region, just outside Galway City. Explore rolling hills, picturesque villages, and dramatic landscapes on horseback, taking in the breathtaking beauty of the Irish countryside.

8. Delight in Fresh Seafood

Ireland, Galway, Connemara, Grilled oysters at O'Dowds Seafood Restaurant  Wall Art, Canvas Prints, Framed Prints, Wall Peels | Great Big Canvas

No trip to Galway is complete without indulging in the city’s renowned seafood scene. With its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, Galway boasts an abundance of fresh, locally caught fish and shellfish. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch at a charming harborside restaurant or sample fresh oysters and mussels at a traditional pub.

9. Attend a Summer Festival

Summer in Galway comes alive with a vibrant festival scene. From the Galway Arts Festival, a celebration of theater, music, and visual arts, to the lively Galway Races, there’s something for everyone. Soak up the festive atmosphere, mingle with locals, and enjoy open-air performances under the summer sun.

10. Join a Pub Tour with a Twist

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Ever heard of a pedal pub tour? Imagine a bicycle built for a group, with multiple seats arranged around a central bar area. Everyone pedals together to power the vehicle. The tour takes you on a pre-determined route around Galway, stopping at select pubs along the way. With music playing and everyone pedaling together, it’s a fun and energetic way to experience Galway’s pub culture. 

With its endless charm, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty, Galway City offers something for everyone. So, bask in the sunshine, explore the city’s hidden gems, and create unforgettable memories on your perfect summer’s day in Galway!

Author Bio:  Carmina Natividad is a daytime writer who spends a fair amount of time discovering new cafes, watching live music, and visiting cultural gems after shift. Her fondness for travel, food, music and cultural appreciation makes it easy for her to write inspiring pieces of content about them. To learn more about hotels and travel blogs, you may visit Imperial Hotel Galway.