The Aran Islands are Galway’s hottest spot on Instagram

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The Aran Islands are the most popular place in Galway on social media, featuring in more Instagram posts than anywhere in the city or county.

73,555 posts on Instagram have been made of the Aran Islands, more than any other tourist destination in Galway.

The next most popular places for people to post on Instgram are at Salthill Pier (69,773), the Claddagh (68,568), the Galway Races (46,300), and Kylemore Abbey (30,339).

The full picture of what people love to post about while they’re visiting the City of the Tribes and the Wild Atlantic Way was compiled by the Maldron Hotels for their Ultimate Guide to Galway.

The guide features some of the best places to eat and drink in Galway, as well as must see sights and fun activities.

The full list of the top 20 Instagram spots in Galway compiled by the Maldron is:

  • Aran Island (73,555)
  • Salthill Pier (69,777)
  • Claddagh (68,568)
  • Galway Races (46,300)
  • Kylemore Abbey (30,339)
  • Ashford Castle (25,148)
  • Connemara National Park (11,285)
  • Sky Road Clifden (10,064)
  • Eyre Square (9,733)
  • Spanish Arch (9,680)
  • Inishbofin (8,232)
  • Shop Street (7,396)
  • Dunguaire Castle (7,175)
  • Lough Corrib (6,405)
  • Quay Street (5,752)
  • Galway Cathedral (4,831)
  • Dogs Bay (3,558)
  • Barna Woods (1,767)
  • Omey Island (1,502)
  • Town Hall Theatre (1,313)

While it’s great to see so many of the most iconic spots in Galway resonate so much with visitors, for some people it can be more than a little annoying.

Kylemore Abbey has become such a tourist hotspot, what with its beautiful Victorian architecture sitting on a serene lakeshore, that the Benedictine nuns are building themselves a new monastery on the grounds just to get some peace.

Most of the spots on this list are reserved for places that are famous the world over, Eyre square, Shop Street, the Claddagh and of course the Aran Islands.

But one of the top spots is reserved for the Galway Races, the only event to make the list, going to show what a massive draw for visitors to Galway the Races are, with numbers going up each year.

This list was compiled by the Maldron using the main hashtags associated with each spot.