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A family home in the West of Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way
Welcome..we are a family of four, myself, my husband Kevin and our two boys aged 9 and 7. Our home is a family semi detached, house located in a quiet and friendly housing estate. It has a big green area outside the door and a small private garden to the back. We are walking distance to the local park, woods and beach. We are a 10 minute drive into Galway city, or alternatively you can avail of the frequent bus service beside us. We are a child friendly home with plenty of toys, scooters etc available. Take a nice leisurely walk or run on Salthill prom or pack a picnic and spend the day on Silverstrand beach. These are just some of the many safe public beaches nearby; perfect for both swimmers and walkers - these can be enjoyed winter or summer. There are many good restaurants and pubs in the area (some within walking distance of the house), others are in the two nearby villages of Salthill and Barna and there are of course, plenty of cafes and bars to choose from in the city centre. Our home is a comfortable modest family home in a great location.
- 2 Adults
- 2 Children
- 0 Exchanges made
- Teacher and House Husband
- House Type: House
- Environment: By the sea
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 2
- Sleeping Capacity: 4
In my house
- Pets - Not allowed
- Small children - Allowed
- Home exchange
- Central heating
- Toys and games
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- Park / playground
- Bicycles: 4
- No smoking
Our Destination Wish List
- Brittany, France
- Pays de la Loire, France
Nearest Airport: Shannon - about 1 1/2 hours drive
Knocknacarra is less than an 8 minute drive from Galway's city centre and is about an hour's drive from Shannon International Airport, two and a half hours from Dublin Airport, and over an hour from Knock Airport...
Situated in a quiet private area in a much sought after part of Galway, my house is a quick drive from the bustling city centre and within easy reach of shops, pubs, hotels, beaches, churches, public leisure centre, Salthill Promenade, Silverstrand, Cappagh Park, Cappagh Woods, Rusheen Bay and the world famous, wild and beautiful Connemara.
There are shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes, leisure centre and pharmacy within 5 minutes walk from the house with a large shopping centre 2 mins away by car. The bus into the city is only a 1 minute walk from the house;these run regularly. There are safe cycle lanes to the city and to Salthill - these are easy cycles routes.
Galway is a fantastic, vibrant, and friendly university city. It is famous for its social scene, many festivals, great restaurants, vibrant bars and its beautiful medieval city centre. It is the gateway to the West of Ireland; Connemara and Aran Islands. Take a daytrip to the Burren or Mayo from city centre.
There are a number of language schools in Galway, with a direct bus from the house. These are: Atlantic Language School, Bridge Mills Language School, and Galway Cultural College. NUIG (the National University also offers English summer school programmes.
Galway has something to offer everyone. It has a great promenade,(only minutes from the house)many beautiful and secluded beaches, parks and woods, both quiet pubs and those with live traditional music, numerous spas, and historical sites.
The Irish-speaking village of Spiddal is less than 15 minutes from the house and has a fantastic craft village where talented local artists and craftspeople exhibit their work. The little fishing village of Barna is just 5 minutes away and has some great restaurants. If you want to explore the area, it is well worth going for a drive out the coast road towards Carraroe and further into Connemara and north into Clifden. Connemara is an artist's and photographer's dream; the everchanging light will delight you!
For those looking for a more adventurous trip, Knocknacarra is a perfect location from which to do just that. Hiking in Connemara National Park is a must and a wonderful day out. There is a windsurfing school 2 minutes away in Rusheen Bay where boards and wetsuits are available to rent. Surfing is also popular among Galwegians and Lahinch in County Clare (1.5hrs drive) has great waves and surf schools. There are also two great golf courses and a tennis club with 8 all-weather courts 5 minutes from the house.
Galway is on the world map for its traditional music, friendly atmosphere and numerous festivals. It is a cultural hub and the Tony award-winning Druid Theatre Company is among our best exports. There is a very active theatrical scene here and the Galway Arts Festival in July attracts the best of world theatre, dance, music and art. Early booking for the festival is advised. The Galway Races, on the first week in August brings thousands of visitors and the city is always hopping with people out on the streets lapping up the atmosphere. The festivities are not restricted to the summer months. In fact County Galway hosted over 500 festivals last year!
For food lovers, Galway is the 'Food Capital of Ireland', it offers excellent seafood, has a marvellous selection of restaurants and bars offering great value and local produce. Don't miss the Saturday morning market in the city centre, or the Friday market in Moycullen. There are lovely shops in the city centre offering Irish fashion and jewellery and other locally produced crafts as well as national and international fashion in the many department stores.
There are great bus tours available (every day) to Co. Clare, the Burren, Cork and Dublin cities and of course to Connemara and the Aran Islands (don't miss a trip to these islands!)if you have time, visit Westport. The drive from Galway along the N59 up through the Maam Valley is one of my favourites.
Galway is a very popular city, it is perched on the edge of Galway Bay and has many waterways; the sea, lakes, rivers and canals, and lots of lovely walks. The Salthill promenade is 6 km long and only a short distance from the house. Simply follow the path near the caravan park and golf club, and walk, or cycle all the way to town by the Atlantic Ocean.
Alternatively, leave the car in one of the many free car parking spaces in Salthill and walk to town. Either way, you will enjoy it and there are plenty of great coffee/wine stops! Galway is a safe city ;easy to walk around its pedestrianized cobbled streets. Galwegians and visitors love to sit outside the many cafes and bars,sipping coffee, enjoying a glass of wine, having lunch or dinner or simply people watching and enjoying the street ente restaurants, pubs, traditional music venues, shopping, walks, golf, fishing, pony treking, sailing and heritage sites are second to none. Connemara national park is approximately a 90 minute drive, along with other heritage sights such as Kylemore Abbey. You are guaranteed a memorable holiday.
- Teacher and House Husband
- Boy - Age: 10
- Boy - Age: 8
- Pets are NOT welcome in our home