If you’re in search of a unique Airbnb Galway, European Capital of Culture 2020, has plenty!
From houseboats in Galway City to beach houses out in Connemara and lots more, there’s an endless number of funky Airbnbs in Galway.
In the guide below, we’ll give you a look at some of the best Airbnbs the county has to offer (many of which work out at incredibly good value when you visit with a group!).
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The Airbnb Galway guide
The guide below is chopped into two sections: the first looks at the many gorgeous little Airbnbs in Galway City, many of which are close to the best restaurants in Galway.
The second section looks at unique accommodation in Galway that can be found dotted across the wider county, with some incredible places to stay in Connemara, Clifden and beyond.
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Unique Airbnbs in Galway City
Galway City is a fine place to base yourself from if you’re exploring this corner of the Wild Atlantic Way. There are heaps of great pubs in Galway and loads of fine places to eat.
The city is also home to (and a handy drive from) many of the best things to do in Galway. Right, I’ll stop chatting – dive on in!
1. A rural hideaway
Make yourself at home in this cosy one-bedroom apartment in rural surroundings just a 3km hop from Galway city centre (book a night or see more here).
Imaginatively designed with a wooden staircase and mezzanine, this bright Galway Airbnb has a dinky kitchen with hob, microwave, kettle, toaster and sink and a comfy sofa and table.
There’s a chic shower room and a king-size bed beneath the Velux window for stargazing. With fresh veg in the garden and chickens providing newly laid eggs, you’ll have a feast!
2. A luxury boat (the most unique Airbnb Galway has to offer!)
If you’re looking for Airbnbs in Galway City that are a little different, this spacious re-purposed Dutch barge is safely moored on the shores of Lough Atalia in Galway City, right next to one of the best hotels in Galway – the G.
There’s a glowing woodburner with a supply of turf keeping you toasty and warm while stretching out and watching TV from the huge L-shaped sofa.
Retire to your cabin where a double bed awaits. There’s a full bathroom including bathtub and a super kitchen with granite worktops.
There’s everything you need for self-catering or just head across the road to the renowned Huntsman Inn and Restaurant. There’s even a deck for enjoying sunsets! Book a night or see more here.
3. The ‘Hidden Oasis’
Tuck yourself away in this 2 bedroom ground floor apartment which is in a quiet part of the city with marina views (book a night or see more here).
It comes with secure private parking and outdoor seating in a private courtyard within the communal gardens.
There’s a well-equipped kitchen-diner with dishwasher, sitting room with sofa, two double bedrooms and two modern bathrooms.
Minutes from the waterfront and Latin Quarter, this is surely one of the best located Airbnbs in Galway City!
4. ZenDen Heart of the City
Chill and relax in this 2 bedroom hub of Zen. On the third floor of a townhouse, this self-catering hideaway looks out across Galway’s skyline from the private roof terrace.
Down below, Quay Street is seconds from the door. Enjoy double beds with fluffy down duvets, vibrant wall art and a spacious living room-cum-kitchen which is superbly kitted out.
Street parking is free overnight from 18:39 to 09:00. Make use of the garden, dance with the fairies, swim with the stars…whatever! Book a night or see more here.
Also, if it’s your first time using Airbnb, you can nab up to €50 off your first trip by using this code when you’re booking.
5. A small but cosy loft apartment
Tastefully decorated, this one-bedroom loft apartment includes a fold-out sofa bed and a spacious bedroom with a king-size bed.
Ten minutes from Galway city centre, it has a kitchen with a microwave, fridge and hob and a table for dining or working using the complimentary Wi-Fi.
There’s even a nice south-facing terrace and free on-street parking. Book a night or see more here.
6. Harbour Apartment with Private Balcony and Parking
Two beautiful bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (one ensuite) pamper 4 guests in contemporary surroundings with attractive furnishings.
Enjoy sidelong views of the marina from chairs on the balcony – perfect for evening drinks before hitting the town for cocktails, dinner and nightlife.
There’s a slimline living room with a leather sofa and armchairs for watching TV and a blue open staircase to the loft bedroom with king-size bed.
The black and white kitchen includes a dining table, refrigerator and coffee maker. There’s even high-speed WiFi, Sonos sound system and parking. Book a night or see more here.
7. Luxury City Centre Penthouse
If you’re in search of luxury Airbnbs in Galway that can cater for a large group, this penthouse in the city should be right up your street.
Arguably the best located Airbnb Galway has to offer, this luxury pad has stunning views of Galway Bay framed by floor-to-ceiling windows. Four bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 double sofa beds cater for up to 15 guests.
Highlights of this ultimate penthouse apartment include a full length south- facing balcony, Jacuzzi bath, cream marble flooring and bathrooms, electronic games consoles, secure parking and more. All this just 100m from Galway’s shopping street and nightlife.
We hope this round-up of Airbnbs in Galway has helped you located the perfect accommodation for your visit. We know you’ll have an amazing time. Book a night or see more here.
Unique Airbnbs in Galway (outside of the city)
The second section of the guide explores some of the unique Airbnbs Galway county has to offer, from beach house to luxury homes with their very own swimming pools.
Yes. Swimming pools. Oh, one comes with its own pub, too! Dive on in below and check them out.
1. Dolphin Beach Lodge
If you’re looking for a Galway Airbnb suitable for your extended family or a group of friends, this contemporary 3 bedroom house for 6 is just steps from the Atlantic Ocean.
Enjoy unforgettable views across Clifden Bay from this coastal hideaway close to the Wild Atlantic Way. Panoramic windows frame the stunning coastal views from the bright sitting room.
The fabulous kitchen with dining room is straight from the pages of a glossy magazine. This detached lodge has a king-size bedroom, queen bedroom and a twin room.
Imagine waking up to ocean views and the sound of the waves, and look forward to a bracing walk by the sea before breakfast. Book a night or see more here.
2. O’Mainnin’s Cottage Bar
This. Place. Looks. Incredible! Welcome to the very gorgeous O’Mainnin’s Cottage Bar. This quaint rural cottage has a cosy living room with a fully stocked bar.
There are leather armchairs, a dining table and glowing woodlburner as well as a modern kitchen for cooking up a hearty breakfast.
A red staircase leads up to a gorgeous double bedroom and shower room. Sleep well! Book a night or see more here.
3. Sunnybank House (one of the only Airbnbs in Galway with a pool)
Furnished for 16 guests with 11 bedrooms and 11.5 bathrooms, Sunnybank House is perfect for weddings, groups and reunions.
This 19th century estate house even has a sauna and heated outdoor pool! Guests also have use of a private gym, tennis courts and indoor pool.
Elegant rooms include open fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, four-poster beds, gilded mirrors and a huge dining table.
Set in private gardens it’s just 150 metres from town square bars and restaurants so you have the best of both worlds. Book a night or see more here.
Discover more gorgeous self catering accommodation in Galway
There are heaps more unique Airbnbs in Galway, Ireland that you can browse through right here. Have you stayed in some brilliant self catering accommodation in Galway recently?
Let me know in the comments section below and I’ll check it out!
Gillian Birch is a travel writer and published author. She has travelled the world and uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many travel experiences, particularly those that involved adventures in Ireland.