Galway, Ireland

Galway is the sixth largest city on the island of Ireland. Located in the west of Ireland on the River Corrib, Galway (nicknamed the City of the Tribes) has become a popular tourist destination, known for its arts festivals and as a gastronomic center. There are some nice spots for running in Galway, all centrally located.

The best place to run in Galway is to the 8 km of waterfront paths along the River Corrib and North Atlantic Ocean, which includes several parks. We’ve also put together a ‘runseeing‘ tour of Galway, combining river & canal paths with the historic highlights. Runners also love doing the 4.4 km loop around Lough Atalia (lake). A few km east of the center, enjoy the paths around Merlin Woods & Merlin Castle. Just northwest of the city is some nice running in Cappagh Park, location of a weekly parkrun.

Runners should plan for Galway’s weather, which can be damp and cool at any time of year. Also note the long summer days!

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There’s a good cluster of hotels that are centrally located in the area of the historic Latin Quarter and along the River Corrib. All of our best Galway running routes are located nearby.


There are no dedicated running stores in Galway, but there are outlets of several sporting goods chains such as Elverys & Sports Direct.


Galway Bay Brewery Running Club.

Galway City Harriers. Monday and Thursday evenings, 7pm Westside Library Carpark on Seamus Quirke Road.

Running Calendar Ireland is a terrific resource for events in Galway and elsewhere on the island.

Streets of Galway 8k is one of Galway’s signature running events and one of the largest in Ireland. August.