The Merriman Hotel 32 bed three star hotel in heart of the village of Kinvara, Co Galway at the gateway to the Burren region...


It is an iconic building being the largest thatched roofed structure in Ireland. It was named after the famous local poet Brian Merriman who wrote a racy, word rich, bawdy poem called The Midnight Court in 1780.....(worth a read!


The hotel is well known for its wonderful food created by our Head Chef which has a gentle nod to the Atlantic ocean on our doorstep...also our Sunday carvery lunch which is proving very popular with locals and tourists with families traveling from all over the Burren region to enjoy this weekly feast in our fine dining room. We also host weddings both big and small (marquee area at back of hotel) and have a dedicated drying room for all our active walkers and cyclists who are exploring the WAW. We have bikes available free of charge to patrons of the hotel.

When you return to the hotel and need a relax you can sit in our new Library area with its wonderful wood burning stove. We can serve you barista style coffees or a hot toddy as you please.


The hotel bar is known as the "The Thatch" and it can cater for up to 200 people so it is a special meeting place for all sporting events. The recent 6 Nations rugby championship was celebrated in fine form here in this bar with Irelands recent win of The Grand Slam. There is Bar Food served here daily. We have also just designed a new dedicated Whiskey and Gin are called 'The Turlough Bar' to ensure you get your favourite tipple on demand! We have regular Traditional Irish Music sessions featuring local musicians in the bar on Thursdays and Saturday evenings from 5 pm. Kids are welcome to get up and have a ceili dance ….


Kinvara is a wonderful place from which to explore the local countryside with stunning walks, cycling, fishing and of course the famous Dunguaire Castle which is the most photographed Castle in Ireland! They also host Medieval Banquets if fancy a goblet of Mead! Our local beach is Tracht pronounced "Trawct" four miles from the village it's a blue flag beach over looking Galway Bay it has wheelchair access to the shore and is a wonderful safe place to go for a swim and enjoy the local wild life.


Kinvara celebrates it's culture and heritage each year when it hosts two festivals namely "Fleadh na gCuach" (The Cuckoo Festival) which is held each year on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. It is a Traditional Irish Music Festival where you will find over 50 music sessions in the village pubs along with Arts, Crafts, Poetry and Drama. 


"Cruinniu na mBad" (The Gathering of the Boats) now in its 29th year is one of Irelands most successful has been run since 1979 and last year over 100 boats took part...this year it takes place on August 10th - celebrates the iconic Galway Hooker boats the original work horse of the sea in these parts. They were used to carry turf from Connemara to Kinvara (as there are no bogs in the Burren region) and as fishing boats chasing herring in times gone by.


We would love to share all of this rich culture with you so please come and stay with us at The Merriman Hotel and enjoy warm Irish hospitality - you won't regret it...



"At the Merriman Hotel we strive to accommodate our guests with everything they require, while maintaining a value for money proposition that delivers the warmest of Irish Hospitality."


Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Drying Room
Complimentry Bicycles for guests
Great people! Great Hotel. Everyone was so welcoming we felt like family.
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‘The Merriman Hotel is one of the most warm and welcoming places I have ever stayed. Kinvara is a delightful village and I will be coming back again'

R. Clark (Hotel Guest)

 My Own Dear Galway Bay 


’tis far away I am today from scenes I roamed a boy 
And long ago, the hour I know, I first saw Illinois 
But time nor tide nor waters wide can wean my heart away 
For ever true it flies to you, my dear old Galway Bay 

My chosen bride is by my side, her brown hair silver-grey 
Her daughter Rose, as like her grows as April dawn today 
Our only boy, his mother’s joy, his father’s pride and stay 
With gifts like these, I’d live at ease, were I near Galway Bay 

Oh, grey and bleak, by shore and creek, the rugged rocks abound 
But sweet and green, the grass between, as grows on Irish ground 
So friendship fond, all wealth beyond, and love that lives away 
Bless each poor home beside your foam, my dear old Galway Bay 

Had I youth’s blood and hopeful mood and heart of fire once more 
For all the gold the world might hold, I’d never quit your shore 
I’d live content what e’erGod sent with neighbours old and gray 
And lay my bones ‘neath churchyard stones, beside you, Galway Bay 

The blessing of a poor old man be with you night and day 
The blessing of a lonely man whose heart will soon be clay 
’tis all the Heaven I’ll ask of God upon my dying day 
My soul to soar for ever more above you, Galway Bay 


Composed in London by Frank A. Fahy (1854–1935) who was a native of Kinvara on the shores of Galway Bay.