A Walking Tour of the National University of Ireland, Galway

I recently had the opportunity to visit the National University of Ireland at Galway (NUI Galway) for Synapse: A Tech Carnival. As usual, I managed to squeeze in a bit of time for fun on this business trip. I thought I'd share my impressions of NUIG from my photowalk around campus. The first thing I noticed was a series of blue dots on the footpath. I did a double-take when I looked at the directions on my phone. Could Google be projecting directions in real-life too when you do a search on Maps? ;-) Turns out it was just a coincidence and this path was meant to show a wheelchair accessible route around campus. This path actually took us past some of the pretty parts of campus and was a good tour guide.

A Walking Tour of NUI Galway - Blue Dotted Path
The blue dots start on a path over a bridge just beyond this one. I loved watching the raging waters of The River Corrib surging through these locks.
A Walking Tour of NUI Galway - Locks on the River Corrib
Entering campus, we were greeted by oxidized copper spires.
A Walking Tour of NUI Galway - Copper Spire
We visited in late September which was perfect timing to catch the ivy creeping up the old stone buildings turning to a fiery red. 
A Walking Tour of NUI Galway - Red Ivy
NUI Galway also features creative sculptures dotted around campus. Just follow the trail of blue breadcrumbs.
A Walking Tour of NUI Galway - Metal Sculpture
En route to the Engineering building, we spied the ruins of a crumbling church across the river.
A Walking Tour of NUI Galway - Church Ruins
Things got decidedly more modern as we walked on. The engineering building and Kingfisher Club were state of the art.
A Walking Tour of NUI Galway - Engineering Building
A Walking Tour of NUI Galway - Engineering Building
A Walking Tour of NUI Galway - Kingfisher Club
The Engineering complex contrasted greatly with the historic heart of campus. I could have walked around the quadrangle for hours taking photos as the clouds rolled in and out highlighting the bright red autumn leaves on the buildings.
A Walking Tour of NUI Galway - Quadrangle
A Walking Tour of NUI Galway - Quadrangle and Red Ivy
A Walking Tour of NUI Galway - Quadrangle and Red Ivy
We had lunch in the faculty club and enjoyed a window seat with views over the quad.
A Walking Tour of NUI Galway - Views of the Quad through the window of the Faculty Club
All in all, it was a great visit to a beautiful campus. It pays to follow the blue dotted road!
A Walking Tour of NUI Galway - Trail of Blue Dots

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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: A Walking Tour of the National University of Ireland, Galway
A Walking Tour of the National University of Ireland, Galway
A photowalk around the NUI Galway university campus. Written by Dublin based travel blogger, Jennifer (aka Dr. J) of Sidewalk Safari.
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog
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