We chose Galway as the base for our trip to Western Ireland . From Galway, the ferry to the Aran Islands is only a 45 minute bus ride away and the beautiful scenery of Connemara is right on it's doorstep.
We stayed in a lovely B&B, The Prague House. It's very close to the city centre (at most 10 minute walk), it's quiet, clean, with a friendly hostess and a delicious breakfast (great choice from a breakfast menu, though we would always go for the full Irish breakfast).
Yarnstorming in Galway: