Galway audio tour: A Guide to Galway by Bike: Hidden Gems, Haunting Stories and Stunning Vistas

A Guide to Galway by Bike: Hidden Gems, Haunting Stories and Stunning Vistas

Cycling Tour

120 mins

About the Tour

Galway is a quaint medieval city with a big heart. I’ll show you the best of it on this cycling tour, which guides you through 800 years of history, visits all of the key sites, and helps you get to grips with modern Galway too.

We’ll start in the medieval quarter, where you’ll hear about events both surprising and gruesome. Then we’ll make our way through the city centre, visiting Galway’s most famous attractions – along with a few less well known sites – and we’ll end our tour at Salthill Village, where there are striking views of the Aran Islands.

Some of the highlights along the way include:

• Saint Nicholas Church
• The Spanish Arch and the rest of Galways’ city walls
• The National University of Ireland’s Galway campus and its enchanting grounds
• The majestic Galway Cathedral and its fabulous stained glass

• The beautiful tranquil paths along the Eglinton Canal
• A visit to Katie's Cottage, a traditional Irish cottage in the heart of the Claddagh
• The stunning vistas along Salthill Promenade stretching out across Galway Bay
• Blackrock Diving Tower, where you could go for a splash and experience an age old tradition enjoyed by hardy locals

You’ll also find out where the word “lynched” comes, who the Tribes of Galway were, and how Richard Martin founded the R.S.P.C.A. (I’ll delve into the darker side of Martin’s character too.) I’ll explain what to do if you’re trying to spot the legendary Claddagh ring and tell you the poignant story of Celia Griffin, who has become a symbol of what life here was like during the Great Famine.

This tour takes you to places you’d never find on your own. Galway is a safe city where there’s ‘craic’ to be had and the living is easy. If you only take one tour while in Ireland, choose this one!

Tour Producer


Derek Spillane

Derek is a qualified Failte Ireland Tour Guide and holds a BA (Hons.) Degree in History and Heritage Studies. He can trace his Galwegian roots back to 1776. Throughout his life, he has travelled extensively around the world and realised even then, the value of a good guide to bring a place alive. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so Derek realised all that is special and unique about the history and culture of Galway, City of the Tribes.

Major Landmarks

  • Eyre Square

  • Medieval Quarter

  • Lynches Castle

  • Saint Nicholas Market

  • Quay Street

  • The Long Walk

  • Galway Museum

  • NUIG

  • Galway Cathedral

  • Galway's Westend

  • The Claddagh

  • Mutton Island Light House

  • Salthill Village

  • Salthill Promenade

  • Blackrock Diving Tower

Directions to Starting Point

The starting point is located outside Ceannt Station

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Places to stop along the way

Galway Docks and Long Walk, Galway Museum, Katie's Cottage, Saint Nicholas Church, Galway Cathedral, The University, NUIG, The National Aquarium, Salthill Village

Best time of day

Anytime of day.


Wear comfortable rainproof clothing and bring bottled water. Please follow the suggested route and alight in pedestrian areas. Perhaps bring swim wear if you wish to brave the wild Atlantic at Salthill


An interesting and informative virtual trip around Galway

Posted by David , about 1 year ago

An enjoyable jaunt around Galway and the Bay to Salthill

Posted by Patrick , about 1 year ago

Thank you Patrick I'm glad you enjoyed the tour

Posted by Derek , about 1 year ago
A Guide to Galway by Bike: Hidden Gems, Haunting Stories and Stunning Vistas