To rent a bike, contact Richard Walsh Cycles, Headford Road, Woodquay (091/565710).


Set beside the River Corrib, Galway City and nearby Connemara are popular fishing centers for salmon and sea trout. For the latest information on requirements for licenses and local permits, check with the Inland Fisheries Ireland, Teach Breac, Earl's Island, Galway (091/563118; The extraordinarily accessible organization also provides free consultation for overseas anglers on where to go at different times of the season for salmon or trout, where to find the best ghillies (guides), and which flies and gear to use. Maps and brochures are available on request. For gear and equipment, try Duffy's Fishing, 5 Main Guard St. (091/562367), Freeney Sport Shop, 19 High St. (091/568794), or Great Outdoors Sports Centre, Eglinton Street (091/562869).


Less than 3km (2 miles) west of the city is the 18-hole, par-69 seaside course at Galway Golf Club, Blackrock, Galway (091/522033; Greens fees are €30 (closed to nonmembers Sun).

Horseback Riding

Riding enthusiasts head to Aille Cross Equestrian Centre, Aille Cross, Loughrea, County Galway (; 091/843-968), about 32km (20 miles) east of Galway. Run by personable Willy Leahy (who has appeared often on American television), this facility is one of the largest in Ireland, with 50 horses and 20 Connemara ponies. For about €25 to €50 an hour, you can ride through nearby farmlands, woodlands, forest trails, and—a particularly charming experience—along beaches.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.