Oranmore Castle situated by the sea in Oranmore village, was built sometime round the fifteenth century possibly on the site of an older castle. It was a stronghold of the Clanricardes who were a prominent Norman family of Galway. The Blake family built the house against the south side of the castle. This house was left in ruins when the Blake family left Oranmore and the castle was unroofed until 1947 when it was bought by Lady Leslie, a cousin of Churchill and wife of Sir Shane Leslie the writer.Lady Leslie re-roofed the castle and gave it to her daughter, Mrs Leslie King who is also well known as a writer under the name of Anita Leslie. Between 1950 and 1960, Mrs Leslie King and her husband, Cmdr Bill King (also a writer who sailed solo around the world in 1933) added a two storey wing joined to the castle by a single storey range. The castle is now occupied by Leonie King (daughter of Anita Leslie and Bill King) and her husband Alec Finn of the music band De Danaan. Tours of the Castle are available by arrangement.
Check out http://www.oranmorecastle.com/history/ for further information
Rinville Park is situated about 3KM from Shanlin House B&B and is one of Oranmore's greatest attractions. The park surrounds a magnificent 16th century estate and gives a great insight into Oranmore's expansive heritage. The grounds include a network of trails and walks through woodlands, providing spectacular views over Galway Bay and of the hills of Clare. The variety of flora includes several tree varieties, wild flowers, shrubs and old creeping ivy. You can view the Irish local wildlife which consists of otters, hedgehogs, herons, curlews, frogs, and ravens. The park has picnic areas with barbeque facilities and a children's playground. The local Galway Sailing club is just moments away, explore the seashore or spend the day fishing. Open all year round, this park makes for a great family day out. You can also enjoy a walk by the seashore to Rinville Point for 2.5KM.
Check out http://www.renvillepark.com/ for further information.
Galway Bay Sailing Club (GBSC)
Galway Bay Sailing Club is renowned for the warm welcome it extends to its members and visitors alike. It organises and facilitates the racing and sailing of dinghies, cruisers and multihulls for adults and junior members. The club also offers training and instruction to adults, juniors and non-members. The clubhouse with bar and catering facilities opens on Sunday afternoons and also Tuesday and Wednesday nights from April to September to facilitate the various racing fleets. During the remaining months, it opens on Sundays for dinghy racing and on Wednesday nights for talks and social events. The club has played host to many successful Regional and National Regattas with racing taking place against the backdrop of beautiful Galway Bay. GBSC is just 3KM from Shanlin House B&B.
Check out http://www.gbsc.ie/ for further information.
Galway City [10KM from Oranmore]
Galway City at the mouth of Galway Bay is both a picturesque and lively city with a wonderful modern culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned speciality shops, often featuring locally made crafts. Indeed local handcrafts are a feature of the entire region including hand knits, pottery, glass, jewellery and woodwork.
The historic medieval city is a whirlwind of activity with pubs and restaurants, arts, crafts theatre, festivals, culture, horseracing and most of all Galway people, combine to create this atmospheric city of culture.
The city has many relics of its medieval past and is worth taking time to explore. It has changed considerably over the last number of years and features a fascinating contrast of new and ancient architecture. The centre of the city is conveniently compact enough to ramble around comfortably. Anyone who knows the song ‘Galway Bay’ will be familiar with the Claddagh, previously a fishing village of thatched cottages, now an area just outside the city centre [see photo]. Here is the birthplace of the world famous Claddagh ring, a souvenir many bring home, just to keep a little piece of Galway with them always.
Check out http://www.galway.net/tourism/visit/galway/for further information
Galway Races – Summer & Autumn Festival Meetings
Galway Races Summer & Autumn Festival Meetings are Ireland's premier national race meetings. With a mixture of flat and national hunt racing, the Galway Race meetings are certainly for everyone. The Summer Festival runs for seven consecutive days, starting from the last Monday in July each year. Galway Races attracts race-goers from all walks of life, from the veteran race-goer to simply those who want to soak up the atmosphere and display their fashion each day, but in particular on the Thursday for “Ladies Day”. People travel from around the world for this unique experience. Situated on the Oranmore side of Galway city, the Galway Races is the place to be. The Autumn Race meetings are end Aug/Sept and October.
Check out: http://www.galwayraces.com/ for further information
Clarenbridge Oyster Festival: [9 – 11th September 2011]
Clarenbridge is famous for growing and harvesting Oysters in a sheltered bay which has the perfect conditions and the skill and knowledge of a community who are immersed in Oyster harvesting since Roman times. Every September since 1954, locals and visitors from all over the world come together to celebrate this unique history. Over 100,000 native oysters are consumed during this wonderful festival week of food, entertainment, music, dance and most of all fun and craic. The highlight of the week is the World Oyster Opening Championship, with challengers competing to open 30 oysters in the shortest time. Clarenbridge is situated 4 KM from Shanlin House B&B.
Check out http://www.clarenbridge.com/about-us.html for further information
Galway Arts Festival [10KM from Oranmore: July each year]
The Galway Arts Festival is a strong, vibrant and incredible visual spectacle. Founded in 1978, it is Ireland's leading arts festival, incorporating theatre, dance, visual arts, music, literature and comedy. Since its inception, the Festival has become a platform for Irish and International art of the highest quality and is now established as one of Europe's key cultural events. Galway Arts Festival returns from July 16th - 29th 2012.
Check out http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/ for further information
Fleadh na gCuach/Cruinniu na mBad Festivals – Kinvara [12KM from Oranmore]
Kinvara hosts two of the most successful festivals in Ireland. Fleadh na gCuach, meaning "The Cuckoo Festival" is a Traditional Irish Music Festival is held on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. The festival returns on 4-6 May 2012.
Cruinniu na mBad, meaning "Gathering of the Boats", is a festival held in August each year, which brings one back in time, to when the majestic Galway Hookers used to transport turf/peat to Kinvara. Since its revival in 1979, the festival has become one of the most unique and successful weekend festivals in Ireland. The colourful spectacle of the traditional boats, under sail, at high water in Kinvara Bay, is unequalled and thousands visit the festival each year to enjoy the boat races and many other attractions and events. This year's festival will be held from August 12 to 14, 2011. Staying at Shanlin House B&B you are only 20 mins drive from Kinvara.
Check out http://www.kinvara.com/fest.htm for further information
County Galway boasts of many 18 hole championship golf courses in some of Ireland's most beautiful landscapes. The main golf season runs from April to October, however you can play throughout the year. From Shanlin House B&B you can travel to The Christy O'Connor designed Galway Bay Golf Resort [3 KM]; Athenry 18 hole parkland course [5KM]; Cregmore parkland par 72 championship course [6KM]; Galway Golf Course [10KM] and Bearna Golf Course [15KM].
Check out the courses on google “golf courses in galway”
When it comes to fishing Ireland's West has it all, from the promising waters of a remote inland lake to the thrill of deep sea fishing. The rivers of Ireland's West offer everything from big salmon to wild browns and some of the best fishing stocks in Ireland. The great Western lakes of Galway are recognised as the best wild brown trout fisheries in the World, while Lough Corrib in Galway is a hub for game fishermen and famous for its Mayfly season. Daily Permits can be obtained in Galway City.
Oranmore is ideally located for an easy day trip to the Aran Islands. You can travel West of Oranmore to catch the boat from Rossaveal or South of Oranmore to Doolin, Co. Clare. The island of Inis Mór (meaning the big island) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. Well known internationally, the rugged, natural beauty together with thatch roofed stone cottages that dot the islands provide a splendid example of Celtic and early Christian heritage and resembles a unique landscape, Dún Aonghasa Fort, beautiful white sandy beaches and Irish Culture. The Inis Meain Island is the middle island and the less visited of the three islands. Here you will find a more authentic escape from the modern world. It has a hilly landscape and features crystal clear views of the Cliffs of Moher.
Check out http://www.aranislands.ie/Inis-Oiir/inis-mor-island/ for further information
Connemara is one of Ireland's most peaceful and scenic areas. With its rugged
landscape and tranquil atmosphere it has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland. This natural terrain and unspoilt environment offers the visitor a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and activities. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland.
Connemara is an easy day trip from Shanlin House B&B. Travel on the N59 from Galway City to Clifden. Visit Kylemore Abbey, Diamond Hill, Connemara National Park and Leenane. Travel back through the lakes – Lough Corrib and Lough Mask to Cong and back to Galway City and Oranmore.
Check out http://www.connemara.ie/en/ for further information.
The Burren - Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are 8kms long and 214m high and offer superb views of the Clare coastline, Connemara Mountains and the Aran Islands. The cliffs are located adjacent to the famous Burren region of North Clare.
A visit to the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Alliwee caves, Poulnabrone Dolmen is an easy day trip from Shanlin House B&B.
Check out http://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/ and http://www.burrennationalpark.ie/ for further information