9 Popular Things for Visitors to Do in Oranmore/Clarenbridge

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9 Popular Things for Visitors to Do in Oranmore/Clarenbridge

The Oranmore and Clarenbridge areas offer a variety of interesting things for visitors to do. Here are 9 popular things for visitors to do in Oranmore/Clarenbridge:

1. Visit a Norman Castle

oranmore castle

Oranmore Castle was built sometime round the fifteenth century and was a stronghold of the Clanricardes who were a prominent Norman family of Galway.

Oranmore Castle is open to the public on selected dates:

  • March 12th – 20th
  • May 1st – 10th
  • June 10th – 20th
  • July 20th – 30th
  • Aug 10th – 20th
  • Sept 1st – 10th

Tours on the hour at 10am, 11am, 12pm & 1pm. Price: Adult €6 / Child €3. Private group tours also by arrangement.

2. Play a Round of Golf on a Course Designed by a Golf Legend

galway bay golf resort

Galway Bay Golf Resort was designed as a true Championship Links golf course by former Ryder Cup and World Cup legend Christy O Connor Jnr. There’s an Online Tee Time Reservation System for visitors to book a round of golf.

You can also enjoy a delicious meal at either the Rinville Point Restaurant or Saltwater Bar & Grill and enjoy the stunning views of Galway Bay.

3. Go Sailing On or Walking By Rinville Bay

rinville sailing

Rinville Bay offers walking and sailing opportunities. Park at the bottom car park of Rinville Park and take the coast road out to the harbour and Galway Bay Sailing Club. If you continue out to on the footpath to the point you will get views of the Aran Islands and over to Galway City. It’s a 4k walk to the point and back but the path is a bit stony after 1km.

Galway Bay Sailing Club is based in Rinville and 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 sailors.

4. Enjoy an Oyster at the Clarenbridge Oyster Festival

clarenbridge oyster festival

Now in its 64th year, the Clarenbridge Oyster Festival, which takes place in October every year, is a wonderful chance to try local oysters harvested from the surrounding shallow seas, protected from the worst winter storms and worked on by the Oystermen with generations of expertise.

The Oyster Festival marks the beginning of the new Oyster season and the organisers invite you to join in the fun, participate in the energy and above all savour the famous Clarenbridge Oyster – a tradition in existence since 1954 when the great Paddy Burke hosted the first Clarenbridge Oyster Festival.

5. Take a Walk, Have a Swim or Enjoy The Peace and Tranquility at Kilcornan

At Kilcornan in Clarenbridge, you can enjoy various activities:

  • Take a walk in Kilcornan Woods. There’s a 4.7km trail through the main section of Kilcornan Woods as well as a shorter loop in the woods nearby the Walled Garden.
  • Enjoy a swim at Kilcornan Pool. Public hours at the pool are Mon-Fri 7pm-8pm, Saturday 2pm-3pm, Sunday 2pm-3pm & 3pm-4pm. Adult: €6, Child: €3
  • Enjoy the peaceful Walled Garden which is open to the public from Monday to Friday; it has grassy areas perfect for a  picnic, a goldfish pond, pathways, and swings and seats dotted around the garden.

6. Enjoy the Amazing Amenities and History at Rinville Park

Rinville Park and Bay by Damien Burke Photography

Rinville Park, on the Wild Atlantic Way, is nestled on the shore of Galway Bay. The Park includes amenties such as

  • a Slí na Sláinte walking route
  • trails through woodland
  • a public playground within old garden walls
  • barbeque areas
  • a pond that blossoms with lilypads in summer time
  • an outdoor gym

In the Park you’ll also find two historical buildings: Rinville Castle and Rinville Hall.

Rinville Castle was one of the many DeBurgo Norman castles seen in the Galway area and is a typical Norman ‘Keep’ or Tower House.

Rinville Hall was a late Georgian house consisting of two stories over a basement. Except for a time in the 1820’s, when Lord and Lady Wallscourt lived here, while their home across Rinville Bay at Ardfry Castle was being restored, the house remained the property of the Athy family until 1944. Thereafter it passed through the hands of Mr. P. Daly and later of Lord Hemphill of Tulira Castle near Gort. The house was eventually destroyed by a fire in 1976. The gate lodge for the house is at the upper car park entrance to Rinville Park.

There is ample parking in two car parks adjoining the Park. Toilets are located in the old stable block up near the Castle open during day time.

7. Browse for Books at Oranmore Library or Charlie Byrne’s Book Warehouse

oranmore library

Oranmore Library

Oranmore Library is a little gem, located in a gable-fronted Roman Catholic church, dating from 1803. Located in the centre of Oranmore village, there is parking across the road at the main village car park. In Oranmore Library you will find a nice kids’ books section, friendly librarians, puzzles and games, Internet access, and papers and magazines on offer. There are toilets as well. There are often cultural and literary events at the Library.

Charlie Byrne’s Book Warehouse

Charlie Byrnes Bookshop Warehouse is located just along from the IMC Cinema near Oranmore Business Park. Open on Saturdays, it has a huge selection of new and used books and a good kids books section.

If you are in Oranmore on a day other than a Saturday then head to Brazco Cafe above Lidl and you will find a selection of books for sale from Charlie Byrnes in the cafe.

8. Kiddie Fun in Oranmore

For visiting kids to Oranmore, they will enjoy Busy Bees Children’s Activity Centre, Toodleou Creativity Lab and the playgrounds in Oranmore village and at Rinville Park.

busy bees oranmore

Busy Bees

As well as being a popular party venue, at Busy Bees Children’s Activity Centre you will find soft play for babies and older kids with climbing frames, slides, ball pools, mazes, disco, bouncing castle.

Kids aged 7+ will also enjoy the supervised roller-skating rink. And parents can grab a tea or coffee and relax while the kids play.

Toodleou Creativity Lab

Toodleou Creativity Lab is the place to bring your curious and creative kids. Toodleou gives youngsters from toddlers to teens a place to create, tinker, experiment, explore and make. From free play classes, to mini-maker sessions, open studio and birthday parties, there’s plenty of STEAM fun for kids of all ages.

Oranmore Playground

You’ll find the Oranmore Playground in the centre of Oranmore village, the playground is open from 10am til dusk, Monday to Sunday, 365 days per year. It is suitable for up to 12 years with a variety of equipment including climbing frames and swings.

Rinville Park Playground

Rinville Park Playground is situated in the old walled garden near Rinville Castle. There is plenty of equipment for all ages including slides, swings, climbing forts and a willow tree tunnel.

There’s often a coffee/ice cream van near the nearby toilets in case Mums and Dads or kids need refreshment.

9. Visit the Famous Swans in Oranmore

The Oranmore swans come every year to the river in Oranmore near Tesco, and have become quite famous, even making it onto RTÉ news when some citizens kindly built them a nesting platform.

To find the swans, park at the Oran Town Centre and cross the road to walk up towards Tesco. There are lovely views over Oranmore bay and to Oranmore castle. The swans are usually to be found floating on the river or on their platform.

Shopping in Clarinbridge and Oranmore

Meadows and Byrne. Picture: Miki Barlok

At the Bridge Centre in Clarenbridge:

  • Clarenbridge Garden Centre
  • Meadows & Byrne
  • Poppyseed Cafe
  • Centra
  • The Natural Way Health Food Store
  • Clarinbridge Pharmacy

A short stroll away you’ll find Clarinbridge Antiques and Ail Ruin, ladies boutique

At Oran Town Centre in Oranmore:

  • Joyce’s Supermarket
  • McInerny’s Sports
  • Da Enzo Italian Restaurant
  • Books & More
  • Mannion News
  • Kate’s Place
  • Walsh’s Pharmacy
  • Sheneil Shoes
  • Oranmore Repairs
  • Oranmore Post Office
  • Noel Maher Hair Company

In Oranmore Village:

  • Wolf and West
  • The Beauty Quarters
  • Bella Baby
  • Oranmore Pharmacy
  • Gotta Run
  • Perla Valentina Boutique
  • Ellie Lane Boutique
  • The General Store
  • Flower Haven
  • Yourells Hairdressers
  • Brazco Coffee Academy
  • Poppyseed Cafe
  • Sticky Bakes bakery and cafe
  • Polski Sklep Orlik
  • Tesco
  • Aldi
  • Texaco petrol station and Centra

At Craig Lair Shopping Centre in Oranmore

  • Lidl
  • HomeWorld
  • Concepts Ladies Fashion
  • Saz’s Barber
  • Brazco Coffee Academy

In Oranmore Business Park

  • Velocity Bike Store
  • The 53 Coffee House

In Maree

  • Grealys Stores

Cafés in Oranmore and Clarinbridge

Cafés in Oranmore

  • Brazco Coffee Academy (2 locations – beside petrol station in village and above Lidl)
  • Sticky Bakes
  • Kate’s Place
  • Poppyseed Café

Cafés in Clarinbridge

  • Poppyseed Café
  • Goats Lane Café

Places to Eat in Oranmore

coach house oranmore

  • Péarla na Mara
  • The Coach House/Basilico Restaurant
  • Keanes
  • Oran Tandoori
  • Santoor Indian Restaurant
  • Armorica
  • Da Enzo
  • Porterhouse
  • Royal Villa
  • Supermacs
  • Oranmore Lodge
  • Maldron Hotel

Takeaway Places in Oranmore

  • Subway
  • Supermac’s
  • Oran Tandoori
  • Santoor Indian Restaurant
  • Apache Pizza
  • Giovanni’s
  • Bersih

Places to Eat in Clarinbridge

  • Paddy Burke’s
  • Poppyseed Cafe
  • Sitar Indian Restaurant
  • Moran’s Oyster Cottage
  • Tasty Macs (takeaway)

Places to Eat in Rinville

  • Rinville Point Restaurant or Saltwater Bar & Grill at Galway Bay Golf Resort

We hope you have enjoyed this mini Guide to the facilities and amenities in our locality and we welcome you for a visit!

2018-04-16T14:48:43+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Clarinbridge, Maree, Oranmore|
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