Galway has a medieval character emanating from the cobblestone streets and the striking stone gargoyles and bears on the 14th-century façade of Lynch’s Castle. Your flight lands at Shannon Airport, where you meet your private transfer at baggage claim. The road takes you past opulent charming hamlets and undulating plains. Castle turrets rise above the hillsides in the distance. You arrive in Galway and feel an immediate connection with the easily traversable streets and cozy boutique shops treading the line between chic and kitschy. Locals drink beer in the King’s Head Pub on High Street, which boasts over 800 years of history.
The aroma of freshly fried fish, accompanied by the staple side of chips, emanates from McDonagh’s, which has served the popular dish for four generations. Your private transfer escorts you to the luxurious estate of Glenlo Abbey, which encompasses nearly 140 acres edging the shores of Lake Lough Corrib. The 18th-century property combines soothing contemporary luxury with a rich history of Irish aristocracy. The celebrated Pullman Restaurant fills what were once two carriages of the opulent Orient Express. Before dinner, the scent of herbaceous steeping tea fills the former train cars, accompanied by decadent dark chocolate finger cakes. Once in your room, you can relax with a magnificent view of the countryside, leading your eyes to the lake’s mirrorlike waters.