Galway city (@latravelgirl)
Upbeat and always ready for a party, Galway city is happy to oblige when it comes to showing its visitors a good time. No matter what time of year you visit, have your camera at the ready as there’s plenty for you to see and do. Put aside your best laid plans, however, as this is the place to go with the flow, and simply get swept up in the vibrant atmosphere of the city. Our recommendation? In the city that lives and breathes music, your first stop has to be a lively trad session in An Púcán.
Claddagh village (@deemaher)
A symbol of everlasting love, lifelong friendship, or loyalty, a number of stories surround the origins of the iconic Claddagh ring, but the most famous involves Richard Joyce. Captured by pirates on his way to the West Indies, his captor taught him how to make jewellery. Upon his release, he made his way back to Galway, and created the Claddagh ring. What makes this ring so special is its unique tradition on how to wear it: point the crown inwards to symbolise that you’re in love/married, or point the crown outwards to show that you’re looking for love!
Aran Islands (@ripleyesq_)
Located 30 miles off the coast of County Galway, you won’t know what to take a picture of first when you visit the Aran Islands. All three of the islands have a harsh beauty that have been drawing artists, poets and wordsmiths here for years. If you’re looking for a showstopper of a shot, then you have to visit Inis Mór's Dún Aonghasa. This prehistoric fort is said to have been around since 1500 BC, and sits at the top of a 300ft (100m) high cliff. Now that’s a view that'll leave an impression on your feed!
National University of Galway (@marialeonstyle)
Opening its doors in 1849 to just 68 students, the National University of Galway has over 90,000 alumni, and is the largest and oldest university in the west of Ireland. The iconic Quadrangle building pictured was modelled on another equally famous building, Christ Church at Oxford University. Located in the heart of the city, alongside their studies, students can while away the days, taking part in a number of clubs and societies, including Gaelic football, hurling, and more! Because who could possibly study in a place as beautiful as this?
Wordsmith Oscar Wilde called Connemara a “savage beauty”, and judging by this shot, we couldn’t agree more. A day trip from the city, this is the west of Ireland, and the Wild Atlantic Way at its most authentic. Pass through desolate, yet stunning valleys and climb to the top of Diamond Hill, and you’ll see why everyone falls in love with Connemara. Infused with local tradition, Connemara has a beauty that is hard to capture, but you can give it your best shot!
Kylemore Abbey (@thibaut_octave)
Rivalling even the most romantic Hollywood films, Kylemore Abbey has an epically tragic love story at its heart. Newly-married Mitchell Henry built the opulent Kylemore Abbey for his beloved bride, Margaret Vaughan, after she fell in love with the area. The couple spent a blissful decade here with their nine children until Margaret fell ill and passed away in 1875. Broken-hearted, Mitchell avoided Kylemore Abbey until his death, where he was reunited with Margaret in the chapel at Kylemore, and they still remain together to this day...