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[Travel] 3 Day Staycation in Galway

Spanish Arch area

Spanish Arch area

Last weekend, we went to Galway for a staycation and some much needed R & R. We stayed at The Twelve a small but perfectly formed hotel in Barna, just outside Galway city.  The staff were very welcoming and  the little extra touches made our stay memorable.

Moody photo over Connemara mountatins

Moody scene over Connemara mountains

I would describe The Twelve as a culinary hotel and its wine list has received several international awards. Bars aren’t usually my scene because as a non-drinker I always feel like an outsider. However, with its hospitable atmosphere and mix of locals and hotel guests, I immediately felt at ease in The Pins Gastro Bar at The Twelve. Although I don’t drink, I am partial to a cocktail and sampled several on the menu (try the Berry Cheesecake you won’t be disappointed).

Welcome treats

Welcome treats!

Enjoying Atlantic views with er...friends

Enjoying Atlantic views with er…friends

Yum...food at West Restaurant

Yum…food at West Restaurant

We popped into Cupan Tae (Irish for cup of tea) in Galway city for some lunch and with its kitsch interior and delicious food, it’s well worth a visit.

Cup of tea at Cupan Tae

Cup of tea at Cupan Tae

While driving through the Connemara mountains we spotted a few Connemara ponies which are Ireland’s only native breed of pony.

Ireland's only native breed

Spotted! A Connemara pony

Silver Strand beach was our last stop before we headed home and is considered as one of Galway’s most popular beaches. You can see from the picture why…

Silver Stand beach

Most of that tea ended up on my top