Just to update info on Galway Bay Cottages. My husband, daughter and I stayed in the cottages for a week in July 2012. We did an international time-share swop.
The cottages are in Barna along the coast road, Barna village is very close, with a grocery shop, pub, restaurant and usual shops. We had a car so not sure of the bus service to the cottages. There is also a taxi service.
The cottage we stayed in was comfortable, all we needed for a clean place to sleep as we were out all day. The beds were comfortable. The fireplace was stacked with complimentary fire-wood and peat when we arrived but there after we bought our own. Towels were supplied, the bathroom was a little run down. We had to put down a 25 Euro deposit for the electricity and at the end of our stay, our meter was read and we were given a refund.
The kitchen was clean, the furniture was a little worn. There was a washer and drier in a small laundry next to the office and a wash and dry was 4 Euros.
We had a comfortable stay at Galway Bay Cottages, all we needed for our stay.