Galway: An insider’s guide to the best walks, loughs, beaches and day trips

Unleash your inner Dionysius through great food, drink and song

A river view from Ballynahinch Castle.

A river view from Ballynahinch Castle.

In nearly three decades of writing about Galway, the unspoken rule was I could never mention the city without referring to it as artsy and bohemian. It’s the de facto capital for what is imprecisely described as “alternative living”, whether that be moon-led biodynamic farming, growing hemp or connecting with your inner kabuki artist.

The best way to enjoy the city? Unleash your inner Dionysius through food, drink and song. Galway’s grub credentials are so well established as to be taken for granted, thanks to the pioneering efforts of JP McMahon’s always marvellous Aniar (aniarrestaurant.ie), the tasty seasonal specialties of Ard Bia at Nimmo’s (ardbia.com) and the gastronomic flights of fancy at Enda McEvoy’s Loam (loamgalway.com).

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