About Galway

Galway is the Republic of Ireland's third largest city behind Dublin and Cork. Situated on the west coast of Ireland, 130 miles due west of Dublin, the city has long been regarded as the cultural capital of Ireland. Its population of 75,000 swells multi-fold during the spring and summer months as the city plays host to an International Literature Festival, the Galway Arts Festival and the famous Galway Races. In May 2009, Galway will be a stopover port for the Volvo Ocean Race which is expected to attract 200,000 visitors to the city.

Renowned for its vibrancy, festivals, events and lifestyle, Galway is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. All musical tastes are catered for in the city's renowned pubs and venues, but there are several bars where you can simply have a quiet drink. As you walk through the labyrinth of winding streets, you can encounter street performers of all kinds. The presence of two large third level institutions make Galway a perennial 'young' city.

Galway experiences a year-round temperate climate. The temperature at the time of the Celtic 100k should be about 12 Degrees Centigrade.

The venue for the race is Salthill, a seaside suburb that is 1.5 miles west of the city centre facing Galway Bay and the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. The Celtic 100k road race will take place on a flat stretch of road alongside the seafront promenade.

How to travel to Galway


Galway Airport is located 4 miles from the city centre. Aer Arann operates flights to Galway Airport from London (Luton), Manchester and Edinburgh as well as other cities in Ireland & continental Europe. Return flights from the UK cost approximately GBP100 (including taxes) and it is possible to book directly on the Aer Arann website. A timetable can also be downloaded here.

Dublin Airport is Ireland's major airport and serves a variety of destinations via multiple carriers. It is possible to connect to Galway by bus, car or rail - there are seven daily rail services from Dublin Hesuton Station (approx. 2.5 hrs travel time). 

Shannon International Airport is located 55 miles from Galway and has routes servicing numerous destinations in the UK and Europe, including London Gatwick and London Stansted. The low fare airline, Ryan Air, serves the latter routes along with the other UK city airports of Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow (Prestwick), Liverpool and Newcastle. It is possible to connect to Galway by bus or car hire.

Ireland West Airport Knock is 53 miles from Galway and also has direct connections to a number of UK destinations, including Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Stansted and Manchester. These are operated by BMI, Aer Lingus and Ryan Air. It is possible to connect to Galway via bus or car hire.


Galway is serviced by 3 national primary routes - N17 to the North (Sligo & Donegal), N6 to the East (Athlone & Dublin), N18 to the South (Shannon, Limerick and Cork).


There are seven return services from Dublin Heuston Station daily (approx. 2.5 hrs travel time). See Irish Rail for details. Galway's railway station (Ceannt Station) is located in the city centre.


The national bus company Bus Eireann and several private bus operators, including Citylink and Go Bus operate regular daily services to/from Galway.


The closest ferry ports include Dublin, Rosslare (4 hours travel time by road) and Cork (3.5 hours travel time by road).


Most major car hire companies operate from airports and seaports in Ireland.