Whether you intend to use Oranmore as your base while visiting the West of Ireland at large or plan to stay in the local vicinity, there are a wide variety of travelling options available to facilitate you while you experience all that’s on offer.
Travelling by car gives you unparalleled freedom to explore our locality. A range of roadmaps are available in our Tourist Office, some free of charge. Parking rules vary from town to town so please take note of parking restriction signs and where you see double yellow lines painted at the edge of the road parking is not allowed under any circumstances. In Oranmore there is one free public car park, a number of pay-per-hour car parks under construction and some streets allow free parking.
The National Safety Council and Road Safety Authority promote and assist safe driving throughout Ireland, please take the time to have a look at their websites.
Advice on driving in IrelandAll traffic drives on the left.
Roundabout: You must always turn left into a roundabout. Treat the roundabout as a normal junction, which means you yield right of way to traffic approaching on the roundabout.
Junction: At a junction where no road has priority, you must yield to traffic coming from your right.
Motorways: The 'Entry to Motorway' sign means that Motorway regulations apply from that point. Learner drivers, vehicles under 50cc, slow vehicles, invalid carriages, pedal cyclists, pedestrians and animals are not permitted to use motorways.
Information Signs: These signs give information regarding direction, distance, place, etc. and are visible on all major, secondary and minor routes.
Speed Limits (please take note of speed limit signs on all roads)
- National Roads & Dual Cariageways - 100km/h
- Regional & local roads - 80km/h
- Motorways - 120km/h
- Special speed limits - 30km/h or 60km/h. These are often applied to Designated roads on the near built-up areas or schools.
Please drive safely and carefully!
If you want to take things easy then travelling by bus is a great option. Whether you need to get from A to B or sit back and enjoy the sights, bus travel from and around Oranmore is really convenient.
Bus Éireann is Irelands National bus company and operates a most comprehensive and integrated bus network, facilitating bus travel between all major cities and towns and most rural villages. They operate an hourly services from Galway (via Oranmore) to Dublin, Cork and Limerick, as well as frequent services to Shannon Airport, Ballina, Sligo, Donegal and Derry. In addition every hour at quarter to the hour they operate a shuttle bus service from Oranmore to Galway city. They also operate a wide ranging variety of Day Tours including Connemara, The Burren and The Cliffs of Moher.
Oranmore is also serviced by a number of private bus companies offering transport links as well as scenic tours.
There are a number of companies offering ferry services to the islands off the West coast, such as the famous Aran Islands. Our tourist office can provide you with Ferry company details.
Irish Rail is the sole rail provider in Ireland and provides regular services to and from all major cities in Ireland. Railway stations closes to Oranmore are Galway railway station (8 kilometres) and Athenry railway station (13 kilometres).
For the experience of a life-time travel around Oranmore and the West of Ireland on foot. Much of the rural country side is untouched and not only is this option a healthy one it will enhance your visit by miles. Slí na Sláinte stands for ''path to health''. Developed by the Irish Heart Foundation, Slí na Sláinte walking routes are marked by bright colourful signposts. The signposts are not numbered and are situated at 1 km intervals.
On Your Bike
As with walking, cycling around Oranmore and the West of Ireland is an experience not to be missed. There are lots of companies providing bicycle hire, route planning advice and guided tours and our Tourist Office will be only too happy to help you contact these providers when you arrive. Two cycling tours of note in the regions are Doolin to Galway via Kinvara which is an 80-90km tours along the west coast of County Clare and County Galway. The other Galway only based tour is from Oranmore to Cliften, an approximate 1000km tour on the most scenic coastal roads, overlooking the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. Cyclist should alway cycle on the left side of the road and please take care.