The drive from Galway to Lahinch was a beautiful and enjoyable one.  Along the way, I stopped by Ashford Castle (under renovations at the time) but loved exploring the grounds.  This is now a hotel and definitely on my list of “splurge items” when I return to Ireland.  I don’t usually splurge when I travel (I prefer to be “frugal”), but this place was simply beautiful, with stunning grounds, and I can just imagine staying and dining here!  Now, a fair disclaimer – this is to the north of Galway and I actually visited it on another drive but I felt like including it here.

Further down the road, I stopped by Dunguaire Castle – an unexpected chance encounter along the drive.  The castle itself is set on the shores of the Atlantic but it was closed for the season when I visited.  I’d love to go back and partake in the Castle Banquet they offer between April and October.

Continuing with my drive, I stopped at the Aillwee Caves for a tour and some enjoyable hillside views.  The tour was interesting and they even have some birds of prey you can interact with.

The long drive made my hotel in Lahinch all that more comfortable!  The Atlantic Hotel proved to be quite enjoyable with a very good restaurant for a delicious meal to cap off the day.

Galway to Lahinch

I prepared for my trip to the Cliffs of Moher the next day and got a good night’s sleep.