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THE GALWAY BAY HOTEL

In terms of comfort, cuisine, amenities and overall standards we believe that you will not be disappointed at our chosen venue.

Many are choosing to extend their stay and we are really pleased to have negotiated rates for the Thursday and Sunday nights that will be a lot easier on the wallet that many might have expected.

For each of these two nights the rate applied will be €105 per room which includes breakfast. it will be €95 for single occupancy.

Payment for these additional nights as well as any additional optional upgrades are to be settled directly with the hotel upon arrival. 

If you have paid your Weekend deposit of £50/€50, you will shortly be contacted with notification of the balance which is to be paid to Too Darn Soulful by 3rd January 2023.

This notification will also allow you to indicate the additional nights you'd like to stay, optional upgrades and cuisine choices as well - although the latter is entirely flexible.

We will also be asking your likely mode of travel and arrival times although there is no hurry for that information. Where possible, we will lay on shuttle buses at the airports at a competitive rate which should prove altogether more convenient.

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GETTING THERE

FLIGHTS FROM THE UK

SHANNON is the nearest airport to the venue with a driving time of approximately 57 minutes. There are hourly buses to Galway and at the time of writing the cost is €10

KNOCK (Ireland West) is slightly further away with a drive time of around 1hr 10 minutes. Buses go to Galway every 2 hours.

DUBLIN may be an option for some. Drive time is 2hr 16 minutes to Galway with great motorway links. There are hourly buses which at the time of writing are €16 each way. The journey is timetabled as taking 3 hours. There are also direct trains to Galway which take around 2hrs 30 minutes.

UK FLIGHTS TO SHANNON

There are currently direct flights to Shannon from Stansted (Ryanair) Gatwick (Ryanair), Heathrow (Aer Lingus), Manchester (Ryanair) and it may also be worth checking Birmingham and Edinburgh but the schedules don't appear to be confirmed just yet.

FROM GATWICK TO SHANNON - RYANAIR is currently showing departures in March at 13.00 hours daily to and the return is currently shown as 11.20am. The flights are currently being shown at £25.99 each way.

FROM GATWICK TO KNOCK

AER LINGUS are currently showing flights daily at 13.00  departing back at 15.10


FROM STANSTED TO SHANNON

 RYANAIR have 2 flights daily, the first leaving at 08.55am and another at 22.25pm. Departures back leave Shannon at 08.35am and 20.10pm

FROM STANSTED TO KNOCK

RYANAIR have a daily flight at 11.50am and there are departures back from Knock at 09.35am and 18.10pm

FROM HEATHROW TO SHANNON

AER LINGUS currently have 3 flights daily going out at 10.00am, 2.15pm and 18.05pm. Returns leave Shannon at 07.50am, 16.30pm and 20.05pm

FROM MANCHESTER TO KNOCK

RYANAIR operate this route on Mondays and Fridays only departing at 16.55pm and returning from Knock at 14.20pm 

UK FLIGHTS TO DUBLIN

Some may consider the Dublin option particularly if a two centre break is being considered. There is a fast motorway link, frequent buses and trains also go directly to Galway 9 times a day from Heuston and Connolly stations. The journey time is approximately 2hr 30minutes and fares are from €25.

There are flights into Dublin from Leeds, East Midlands, Heathrow, Stansted, Luton, London City, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Glasgow, Gatwick, Exeter, Newcastle, Southampton, Liverpool, Cardiff and even The Isle of Man!

FERRIES TO IRELAND

HOLYHEAD TO DUBLIN is the shortest route with the quickest ferries taking on 2 hours 15 minutes

LIVERPOOL TO DUBLIN is the longest at 7 hr 30 minutes

PEMBROKE TO ROSSLARE is about 4 hours and FISHGUARD TO ROSSLARE is about the same.

Various companies have various deals at any particular time, so shop around. As a rule of thumb though, aim to better £350.00 return for a car and two adults.

HOT TIP

Go to www.directferries.com to check your options and get a quote then go to the operating company i.e. Irish Ferries, Stena and P & O. 

Our experience is that Irish Ferries are usually the most competitive and the boats tend to be better. Clean and comfortable, good cabins generally and decent food options.

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