Quiet day today, our first two night stop. After breakfast we identified the local highlights and visited the Tourist Office for additional information on Galway and other places on the rest of the trip. Parking anywhere near the business centre is a real problem in every city we've been to. Most attractions don't have any specific parking so that means you need to walk and with today raining every few minutes, walking isn't any fun at all.
First stop was the Spanish Arch built in 1594. The arch provided access between to the port and the city. There doesn't appear to be any identified reason why it was called the Spanish Arch.
A drive around Galway Bay to an area called Claddagh, apparently where the designer of the Claddagh Ring originated. Then on to Salthill Beach, no-one swimming today and while there was some sand on the beach, it doesn't quite match the beaches back home. Through the misting rain, Therese snapped off a shot across the bay of a lighthouse. Researching some information on it, the best we can do based on where we were and where we were looking, is identify it as the Loophead Lighthouse which would be around 80 - 90 klms from where we were.
On the way to the Galway Crystal Factory, we detoured to the Claddagh Jewellers little shop in the centre of town where there was a short film on the history of the Claddagh Ring. The film was free but it wasn't cheap to get back out. From there we headed to the Crystal Factory. Beautiful building inside and the available products made up for the inability to find anything suitable for our needs at the Waterford Factory.
Back in our accommodation early will give a chance to catch-up, write this today, and prepare for tomorrow's drive to Ballyshannon.