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Tigh Lals Thatched Cottage

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 0.2km

Tigh Lals is a 300 year old thatched cottage, recently restored to provide all amenities needed for modern living, located minutes' walk from two beaches, restaurants, cafés, shops and pubs playing traditional Irish music nightly in Spiddal village, Galway, Ireland.

This thatched cottage provides an ideal base for families or groups of friends looking to explore all the West of Ireland has to offer, including vibrant Galway City, the beautiful Connemara region and the Aran Islands. The unique geological formations and flora of the Burren and the world famous Cliffs of Moher are easily accessible by car or by tours which leave Galway City hourly. We would be delighted to help with planning of your day trips around Connemara and beyond.

There is a safe garden area in front of the cottage, while secure off-road parking is available at the rear. The cottage itself has 3 bedrooms (one double bedroom ensuite downstairs, one double with toilet/WHB upstairs and one twin room upstairs) housing 6 adults comfortably. Cots for children are available on request. The kitchen is fully stocked with all mod cons, and oil central heating available if necessary. Free Wi-Fi is available in the local library (15 seconds walk away!) during working hours.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Spiddal 200 m
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Shannon Airport 103 km, Nearest railway: Galway 15 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Secure parking

The County Galway/County Clare region

Galway City

Gaway is renowned for its nightlife, summer festivals, traditional music and theatre. With hundreds of pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants, Galway has no shortage of urban amenities to explore.


Spiddal is located in Connemara, one of the most scenic areas in Ireland, dominated by the majestic Twelve Bens and Maum Turks mountain ranges, dotted with lakes and rivers, with hundreds of small bays and harbours to explore. The Irish language (Gaeilge) is widely spoken in Spiddal and much of Connemara, and many Irish traditions, customs, folklore and music are preserved here. Connemara is best explored by car, with a number of stunning routes beginning and ending at Tigh Lals Thatched Cottage! We would be delighted to help you plan your driving trip around this beautiful area.


Galway is renowned for its summer festivals, which seem to run into each other all summer long! This year Galway welcomes finishing leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, the world famous Galway Arts Festival and the Galway Oyster Festival. The horse racing enthusiasts throng to Galway in their thousands in the end of July/early August to attend the Galway Races. Be prepared for some great racing and packed streets post racing!

Aran Islands

These three islands, Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oirr are situated at the mouth of Galway bay. The Irish language is the main spoken tongue on the islands, which is also famous for its sea cliffs, geological rock formations, historical fortresses and its cultural heritage. The Aran islands are easily accessible from Tigh Lal, ferry access is a 20 minute drive from the cottage while flights are available a mere 10 minutes drive from the cottage.

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher

Situated in north county Clare and south county Galway, the Burren is an area of unique natural beauty, stunning rock formations and underground waterways and plant life. Located in west Clare, a visit to the world famous Cliffs of Moher is a must-do for anyone visiting the West of Ireland, offering amazing views over the Atlantic Ocean, Aran Islands, Maum Turk and Twelve Bens mountain ranges. Tours of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher are available daily, leaving from Galway city.

For more information and links to the above activities and more, please visit our website


The Spiddal area boasts a wide variety of activities and attractions that can be enjoyed by all. Spiddal has two local beaches. Trá na mBan, is located on the roadside east of the village, 1 minute walk from the cottage. Another beach is located beside a sheltered pier, accessible by a small road or path just west of the village.

Needless to say, all your shopping needs can be met in Galway city. However, if you wish to stay local, shopping is available within walking distance in Standún's, a unique award winning family run store.

For the golf enthusiast, there are a number of courses within easy reach. The 18 hole championship course in Bearna is a 15 minute drive, while there are other courses located in Leitir Mór, Oughterard and of course Salthill.

Horse riding is available locally in Moycullen and Oughterard, while mountain biking is availale in Derroura, about 40 minutes drive from Spiddal. Mountain bikes can be rented inMoycullen.

Sea fishing is possible from the local pier and river fishing is available on the local river (Abhainn Boluisce). Sea fishing boats can be chartered and lessons also available locally.

Visit the local craft village (An Ceardlann) to see traditional artists at work and sample their wares if the mood takes you! There are 10 craft workers based here, whose skills include hand weaving, contemporary ceramic pottery, stained glass and visual art.

For links to all the above activities, please visit our website

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Review 1-10 of 17

31 Mar 2014


"Excellent accommodations, Wonderful location"

Highly recommend Lals Cottage, just outside of Galway in Spiddal. Not only is the cottage historical it is beautiful and fully equipped with three bedrooms and baths. It is right across the street fro… More

9 Oct 2013


"The cottage was magnificent!"

The cottage was fantastic. Everything needed for a vacation was there. The location was great, right in town and a quick walk to pubs, restaurants, supermarkets and the bay. Carmel was wonderful and… More

30 Aug 2013


"Perfect Traditional Seaside Holiday"

Great little cottage situated in the heart of Spiddal Village within walking distance of several sandy beaches, pubs and shops. Ideal for family wanting some on the door step fun on the beach with ch… More

26 Jul 2013


"An exceptionally special place to stay in the West of Ireland."

From the outset Carmel and Martin exrended a warm Irish welcome to us to Lal's coattge. We arrived very late in the night and were greeted by Carmel with her homemade scones and jam! The cottage … More

21 Jul 2013


"Prettiest cottage in Ireland, great location, excellent host."

I was with my two adult daughters on holiday in Ireland and spent a week at Lals cottage in spiddal. Cottage located centrally within walking distance of pubs, safe beaches, walks, restaurants, shops … More

7 Jul 2013


"it feels like home!"

Steeped in tradition, this 18th century thatched cottage has been tastefully renovated to accommodate the fussiest of vacationers. With three bedrooms, 2 full baths and an en suite powder room, it ha… More

20 Jun 2013


"Wonderful "total return" rental with a great location and top notch hospitality"

Still remembering our lovely week at Carmel and Martin's charming cottage. Perfect for our needs in so many ways. Very close to Galway city, but with a country village setting, Tigh Lal was a w… More

18 Jun 2013



Une location comme on aimerait en trouver souvent .Nous avons été accueilli par Carmel très gentille propriétaire des lieux ,qui nous avait préparé de succulents gateaux et de la confiture . Le… More

30 May 2013


"you have to rent this house, fantastic,homey, friendly,craic & ceol"

we had a great time, carmel and martin are so helpful, kind and generous.cottage is so idyllic and has everything( and i mean everything) we need, lovely home baking on the table as we walked in , so … More

26 May 2013


"A Rare Find"

We stayed in tigh Lal's on two occasions - both were short stays. Our daughter and husband were already there and we visited. From the minute we arrive at the cottage we loved it. We met Carmel a… More

Review 1-10 of 17

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