Beaches

in Galway!

Galway is an enviable city as it has an abundance of beautiful beaches close to the city, and some of the best beaches on the west coast of Ireland within its county. The closest beach to Galway is in Salthill, a short walk from the city centre along the promenade which starts in The Claddagh area. There are three separate beaches in Salthill which are very popular with visitors and residents during the summer and many of the more resilient locals continue their swimming all year round when the weather is less forgiving. The diving board at Blackrock at the end of the Salthill Promenade is very popular – if you can brave the cold! Salthill beach along with most of the larger beaches in the county are monitored by lifeguards from May to September. Below is a list of some, but not all, of the great beaches in Galway.

 

Salthill Beach

The beach at Salthill, along the famous Salthill Promenade is actually several small beaches separated by rocky outcrops running all the way down to Blackrock Diving Tower at its western end. Some of the beaches are sandy and some pebbly. The largest and most popular is Ladies Beach which has its very own beach hut serving coffees, ice-creams and treats. It is located in Galway city and overlooks Galway Bay, a Special Area of Conservation. The beaches are lifeguarded from mid-May to the end of September from 11 am to 7 pm. Salthill beach has been a blue flag beach and enormously popular in fine weather during the summer.

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Silver Strand Beach

Silverstrand has a safe, shallow, sandy beach of approximately 0.25km bounded on one side by a cliff and the other by rocks. It is particularly popular with and suitable for young families. It faces directly into Galway Bay, giving spectacular views. There is a promenade with parking capacity for about 60 vehicles. It is suitable for swimming at low tide but the beach is largely covered during high tides. It is lifeguarded during the summer months. Just 2 miles from Salthill.

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Dogs Bay / Gurteen Bay Beaches, Roundstone

Lying back to back, Dogs Bay and Gurteen Bay are two of the most beautiful beaches in County Galway and probably in the West of Ireland. They are situated only 2 miles outside the picturesque village of Roundstone in Connemara, Co. Galway. Dogs Bay and Gurteen Bay make up one of the finest stretches of coastline in Connemara, offering uncompromising views of Errisbeg and the surrounding countryside.Dogs Bay is a spectacular horseshoe shaped bay with more than a mile long stretch of white sandy beach. Similar to Gurteen Bay, the sand is not comprised of traditional limestone but rather made entirely of fragments of seashells which give it a pure white colour.

Both beaches are well sheltered from currents and are considered safe for swimming and other watersports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. The are also wonderful destinations for walking.

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White Strand Beach, Renvyle

The beach at Salthill, along the famous Salthill Promenade is actually several small beaches separated by rocky outcrops running all the way down to Blackrock Diving Tower at its western end. Some of the beaches are sandy and some pebbly. The largest and most popular is Ladies Beach which has its very own beach hut serving coffees, ice-creams and treats. It is located in Galway city and overlooks Galway Bay, a Special Area of Conservation. The beaches are lifeguarded from mid-May to the end of September from 11 am to 7 pm. Salthill beach has been a blue flag beach and enormously popular in fine weather during the summer.

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Trá an Dóilín Coral Beach, Carraroe

Carraroe beach, which is also known as Trá an Dóilin is an area of great natural beauty. The beach is noted for its very fine coral. The beach is lifeguarded and has toilets throughout the bathing season. There are lots of little rock pools to explore along with good snorkling and is usually less busy that the city beaches.

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Dumhnach Beach, Inishbofin Island

Dumhach Beach is positioned to the east of Inishbofin Island about 15 minutes’ walk from the harbour. The beach is sheltered at the south end by a long tidal rocky outcrop which connects Inishbofin to its smaller neighbour Inishlyon Island. With its calm waters and long pristine white sandy beach backed by small sand dunes makes for an idyllic bathing area on sunny days. Dumhnach Beach has been awarded the Green Coast Award for environmental excellence.

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Kilmurvey Beach, Inis Mór

Kilmurvey Beach is a magnificent sandy beach with blue flag status on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. It is perfectly safe for swimming for those of all ages as there are no strong currents unlike some of the more hidden and inaccessible beaches. The white sand contrasts beautifully with the blue water on a sunny day. There are some perfect picnic spots on the dunes and toilets near the roads. When the tide is right you can jump off the old pier into the clear water.

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Angling and Fishing in Galway

Angling and Fishing in Galway

With so many lakes, sea inlets and rivers, County Galway is an angler’s paradise. Fishing in Galway is a wonderful experience; peaceful surroundings, majestic mountain ranges and stunning seascapes…what more could you ask for? The choice for the keen angler includes lake fishing on Lough Corrib, sea fishing in Galway Bay, salmon fishing at the weir on the River Corrib or fresh water fishing in the many rivers and mountain streams of Connemara.

In essence Galway is really one giant fishery, merely intersected by roads, and containing three of the most important Brown Trout fisheries in Europe. It also contains some of the most prolific Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout fishing anywhere in Europe. A glance at the topography of the region will immediately convey the vast amount of rivers and lakes that have made this region the subject matter of many artists, writers and filmmakers.

In the Southern and central areas of Connemara the lakes are alkaline in nature, providing both ideal conditions and habitats for the Brown Trout for which the area is rightly famous. This contrasts sharply with the more northern and western areas of the region which are interspersed with more acidic lake and river systems which, although they contain Brown Trout, are more famous for their Salmon and Sea Trout fishing.

Lough Corrib is Ireland’s second largest lake and one of Europe’s best examples of a large limestone lake, producing an abundance of wild brown trout. Trolling takes place throughout the season but the lake is famous for high quality fly-fishing and dapping.

Lough Mask is a limestone lake, approximately 10 miles long and 4 miles wide, with an excellent stock of Brown Trout. It is a popular wet fly lake with a Mayfly hatch and exciting dapping. The Mayfly dominates fishing from Mid-May to Mid-June and the East shore of the Mask is the best Mayfly area.

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Sea Angling

Sea Angling is a popular pursuit in Galway Bay, with good catches of the predominant species of Pollack, Cod, Bass, Flatfish and indeed good Blue Shark fishing during the summer months. Modern, certified angling boats are available to the travelling angler in addition to ever-ready advice from the experienced skippers. Shore fishing is possible from almost anywhere on the coast.

There are many licensed sea angling boat operators based out of Galway too, however anglers are advised to make their own enquiries in respect of licences and insurance requirements

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