The 10 Best Things to Do in Barna, Ireland

July 26, 2017 Mollie Coke

Bearna (anglicized as Barna) is a coastal village in Connemara, west of Galway city in County Galway, Ireland, on the R336 regional road. Once a satellite of Galway city, the village is now rapidly becoming one of its suburbs. Officially, the village is regarded as Irish speaking and is therefore a constituent part of the regions of Ireland that make up the Gaeltacht. However, because of its absorption into the city, it has recently become a mainly English speaking village. Nonetheless, Irish is still the main language of its western and northern hinterland and the village has now effectively become the gateway to the largest Irish speaking region in the country
Restaurants in Barna

Between the Waters, Killaloe, Ireland
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Soulkite

We provide stand up paddle (SUP) lessons and tours of Lower Lough Derg from our base in Killaloe. We use only the best new season gear and pride ourselves on our professional and friendly manner. So if you want to see lough Derg from a different point of view, give us a call.

Reviewed By Wrightbro787 - Killaloe, Ireland

The SoulSUP experience was excellent from start to finish. Kevin and Luna were welcoming right from the off and my two young children's anxieties were soon put to rest by the friendly and professional way they were dealt with.
In total we had 3 young children ranging from 6-11 and 4 adults, 2 of our party had been stand up paddle boarding once before, but for the rest of us we were absolute beginners.
Personally for me it was my first go and something I had been thinking about doing for a while and I am so glad I did. If you haven't tried it do!
The route and difficulty was tailored to our abilities it was hard enough to be interesting and easy enough to enjoy.
I cannot thank Kevin enough for a great couple of hours out on the water with my family and friends in such a great setting.
We will be back.

2. Ireland Chauffeur Travel

75 Main Street, Cashel, Ireland
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Ireland Chauffeur Travel

We offer a range of Private Day Tours and Shore Excursions to the most beautiful parts of Ireland from Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Galway, Killarney, Shannon and any other destination you wish to depart from. These tours are designed to meet your exact group requirements and specifications. We can included lunches, private visits, shopping and anything else you wish to do in just one day.

Reviewed By Donna J

Incredible journey throughout southwest Ireland with Eric, the best travel guide in Ireland. This is the way to travel and Eric is excellent. His historical knowledge, sense of humor, story-telling abilities are just a few of his admirable qualities. He tailored our vacation, accommodated our every need, and we had the best 9 day vacation ever. Highly recommend the Ireland Chauffeur Travel (Michelle and Eric).

3. Bike Park Ireland

Fairymount Farm, Roscrea, Ireland +353 67 21961
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Bike Park Ireland

Bike Park Ireland is the first official mountain bike park in Ireland offering everyone from beginners to pro's the opportunity to have an action packed day out. With 8 downhill trails to choose from, a seriously cool uplift service, the largest pump track in the country, you will find it hard to contain your smile. We are a family run business and the bike park is entirely on private grounds and it's quite simply the best place in Ireland to come and have fun on a mountain bike. If you have all the gear and a bike, great, bring it - if you don't have anything, that's fine too because we have it all here for you to hire, just bring a pair of shoes with grips and we will take care of the rest. We cannot over emphasise the fact that anyone that can ride a bike will have loads of fun here. We have a large fleet of superb Kona bikes for hire, including helmets and pads, a class cafe called The Mucky Boot Cafe which serves homemade hot food all day. If your not into biking that's fine too as we have a lovely walk to the top of the trails where you can see as many as 8 county's. Our bike park is very family friendly and kids of all ages will spend hours playing around on bikes and lets face it there's a kid in all of us and we all just want to play on bikes every now and then!!!

Reviewed By Sage86 - Galway, Ireland

Had a great trip to bike park with a group of very mixed ability from seasoned mountain bikers to complete beginners and everyone had an absolute ball!
From arrival, all the staff at bike park cant do enough for you and put you right at ease. The equipment is maintained to the highest standard and the guys are more than happy to help with your own bike set up if you do bring your own which I appreciated. The runs suit all abilities which makes it great for mixed groups. The uplift to the top is a great idea and means you get more runs in than you would if you had to climb each time. The café has a great selection of freshly baked cakes and amazing burgers. Cannot recommend enough!

4. The Irish Workhouse Centre

St Brigid's Road, Portumna, Ireland +353 90 975 9200
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The Irish Workhouse Centre

Reviewed By Rita R

The Workhouse Tourism Centre is sooo worth visiting. The place was eerily quiet when we visited, as it was off-season, but the welcome we got was the warmest in all our trip. The guide Clare was lovely and told the history of the centre so well. The manager, Steven?, insisted we came in for tea afterwards and spent an hour explaining the history of the region and telling us the best places to go around the place. There's a lot that needs to be done in the complex but they're working on a little museum at the moment so I'll be back! :-)

5. The Kilkenny Way

28/29 Rose Inn Street, Kilkenny, Ireland +353 86 817 1978
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The Kilkenny Way

We Provide a unique sporting experience giving you an insight into the worlds Oldest (3000 yrs) and fastest field game in the true Home Of Hurling Champions - Kilkenny. Join us for 2 hours of Hurling fun in the Home of the Famous Kilkenny Cats.

Reviewed By Clay F

We did the hurling lesson in June 2017 as part of our 1-day stop in Kilkenny. It was the highlight of our trip. The coach, Andrew, was very personable and relatable. He spent at least 2.5 hours with us, patiently explaining the game to my kids and having fun. We also learned a lot from him about the culture of hurling and the GAA in Irish towns. I would recommend this experience to anyone interested in Irish sport. Great time.

6. Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Oxmantown Mall, Birr, Ireland +353 57 912 2911
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Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Come check out our great range of shows. From amateur dramatics to top quality musical acts from accross the globe. Theres is something for everyone is every programme.

Reviewed By ally2 - dublin

I have attend numerous events, music, plays and films here in the last few years. The staff are friendly and there is a relaxed environment. The charming building has a lovely atmosphere with comfy Seating.

7. St. Patrick's Well

West of Clonmel, off the N24 | 2 miles from Town Centre., Clonmel, Ireland
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St. Patrick's Well

St Patrick's Well is located near Clonmel a short distance south of the main Clonmel, Cahir road. It is an old religious site situated in a sheltered glen where a large volume of spring water continuously wells up from underground. The church was built in the seventeenth century, but there are traces of an even older building. Inside the walls is the tomb of Nicholas White of Clonmel who died in 1622. At the centre of the small lake is a weathered Celtic Cross which dates from early Christian times in Ireland.

Reviewed By JnVSydney - Sydney

Didnt know what to expect a stunning peaceful spot hidden away amongst the verdant greenery. The bubbling reflecting pond is memorising, we had the place to ourselves, some people were arriving for a christening as we left.

8. Rock of Dunamase

Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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Rock of Dunamase

Reviewed By Almostgreynomad - Sydney, Australia

Seen this many times from the motorway between Dublin and Kilkenny. Finally got myself sorted to go and explore !
Easy parking at the church, and a short looped walk around the castle, make it a very pleasant and easy outing.
Look up the websites before you go, especially the layout of the castle, for a clearer appreciation of the ruins.

9. Glen of Aherlow

Tipperary, Ireland
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Glen of Aherlow

Reviewed By Brendan M

My wife & I stayed from 30th October to 2nd November,the room was excellent with a view of the Mountains showing the clouds sweeping down over the Mountains like a waterfall .waking up to that view each morning realy sets you up for the day staff very friendly & helpful .dinner was served in the bar .a few dislikes,when finished the dinner no place to sit besides the bar could do with a lounge ,or if they built a sunroom outside attached to the bar this would make the hotel rate 100%
The other item is we were there for 3 dinners & the menu NEVER changed
WILL GO BACK AGAIN & AGAIN
Brendan Mc Dade

10. Tullamore Dew

Bury Quay | Tullamore, Tullamore R35 Y5V0, Ireland +353 57 932 5015
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Tullamore Dew

Situated right in the heart of Ireland, there is an incredible experience that has been waiting for you since 1829. Join us at the newly renovated home of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and immerse yourself in the history and magic that lies inside the walls of this 19th century bonded warehouse, where our whiskey making tradition began.Located on the banks of the grand canal in Tullamore, the Visitor Centre has been beautifully restored to all its original glory. Once inside, you can enjoy a true Irish welcome and a guided tour which blends both audiovisual and traditional storytelling to help you see, smell, taste and understand the craft, time and passion dedicated to each glass of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey.The Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre is just over an hour from Dublin, located off the main Dublin to Galway motorway. You can also get to us by rail - we’re just a stone’s throw away from the Tullamore railway station. So call in today and join us in raising a glass of complimentary Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey. We’ll be here waiting to welcome you.

Reviewed By Niamh O - Dublin, Ireland

Nice interactive tour with cool visuals and a friendly tour guide. The tour guide was knowledgeable and could answer questions. I’m a big fan of Tullamore Whiskey so I was really excited to visit the Visitor Centre. Note this isn’t a working distillery but I didn’t really mind.
Only downfall was I went for a meal in the restaurant with my friends afterwards and I ordered a burger but they brought out a pulled pork Sandwich. They changed it once they realized they made a mistake but by the time I got my burger I only had 10 minutes to eat it before I had to leave and my friends had already finished their dishes which spoilt it. But overall the tour was a good experience and I’m happy I went.

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