5. Walk the Salthill Promenade
Just a stroll away from our language school you can enjoy a lovely walk on the prom on a sunny winter day. Salthill’s main attraction every year has been its promenade and numerous sandy beaches, with incredible views looking out to the Aran Islands.
The promenade covers approximately 3km of coastline, overlooking Galway Bay. A favourite past time for Galwegians and visitors alike, Salthill promenade is visible from your classroom here in GCI and you have to make sure not to miss a stroll on the prom especially if you’re here at Christmas time so you can see the swimmers going into the freezing cold Atlantic waters for the charitable event Christmas Day Swim organised by COPE.
6. Explore Claddagh
The area of Galway known as Claddagh has primarily become famous for the well-known Claddagh ring that was named after it, but is also regarded by some as the country’s oldest fishing village. The Claddagh or ‘An Cladach’ meaning ‘the shore’, is a famous and popular spot in Galway especially on a summer sunny day, but you can enjoy the lovely views of a sunrise in a frosty winter morning alike.
Situated in Claddagh, Katie’s Cottage Museum and Arts Centre is a popular choice for our English language students as part of their social activities programme. The cottage is a restored authentic Claddagh traditional dwelling in the heart of one of the oldest fishing villages in Ireland.
7. Wildlands, Moycullen
If you’re studying an English language course in Galway and enjoy outdoor activities, you might find the time to go and visit this lovely spot situated in a small village Moycullen, about 7 km away from Galway city.
Not only it’s an opportunity to practice English with locals, but with a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities on offer, Wildlands is a place for all ages looking to have some fun, whatever the weather! It has recently launched, and it is open during Christmas. They have a restaurant on site for a quick bite to eat, so you can turn the experience into a wonderful day out with your friends from GCI. The show piece outdoor activity is the zip 'n' trek course and tower, so disconnect from the modern life and reconnect with your inner child!
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