Family hotels and romantic retreats in scenic Ireland A dreamy swathe of heather covered hills alongside lakes and mountains, County Galway is home to magnificent outdoor spaces such as Connemara National Park complete with walking trails, prehistoric monuments and rich in wildlife ranging from birds to the famed Connemara ponies. A rugged region of Ireland brimming with history, culture and artisanal foodstuffs, it is flush with festivals and the kind of beauty that inspired novels, films and music - you may choose to take a stroll along the old Long Walk, as Steve Earle sang about in Galway Girl. Guests to the region delight in the curiosities of its cities as well as the magnificence of the natural landscape. It is the diversity that makes it a destination perfect for family holidays as well as romantic retreats, while hotels in County Galway also cater for those looking for adventure in the form of water sports, or a little fishing. The region's hospitality is as wide ranging as its entertainment, for example, the Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites on the most remote of the Aran Islands, is a contemporary and sustainably run stone and glass restaurant-with-suites that blends into the landscape and offers views of Galway bay and the Connemara mountains. It is a hotel haven for foodies. Meanwhile, The g Hotel is an extraordinarily stylish and quirky hotel designed by famed milliner Philip Treacy, a son of the region; or perhaps you may prefer The Quay House in Clifden - an antique filled house offering a warm welcome in a Harbourside destination. Of course, this majestic part of Ireland would not be complete without its own share of beautiful country house hotels to its name. Take, for example, Currarevagh House. With views of Lough Corrib, and offering easy going hospitality, this family manor built in the 1800s is for those looking to simply absorb the character of the region.