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Beaches in Galway

Galway is the ideal destination for a family break with the excitement of the city alongside some of the country’s most beautiful beaches.

Salthill Prom

Famed as one of the prettiest beaches in Galway, this is the perfect place to go for a sunny day out with the family. Walk the prom to see all the views across Galway Bay or if you’re feeling adventurous, take a dive off Blackrock diving boards! Salthill is located within walking distance of Galway city centre and is enormously popular during the summer season.

Dog’s Bay/Gurteen Bay

Situated back to back, these white sandy beaches are an idyllic site for your family beach day out. You’ll find them just two miles outside Roundstone village in Connemara and they offer outstanding views of Errisbeg mMountainand the surrounding landscape. They are both a horseshoe shape ensuring safe swimming waters protected from currents. The uniquely white colour of the sand is due to the seashells that make up its composition. We strongly recommend visiting here even just for the photos!

Coral Beach

Located just outside the village of Carraroe, Trá an Dóilín, the so-called Coral Beach is known for its colourful wildlife, namely the coralline algae known as maerl. The abundance of maerl on the beach is rare and of great ecological importance. Usually quieter than the beaches closer to Galway city, the innumerable rock pools around the beach make it the perfect destination for your family.

Silver Strand Beach

Trá na gCeann or Silver Strand Beach, is located just outside Barna, just two miles from Salthill and is a very popular beach for young families. As it faces directly into Galway Bay, it offers stunning views. It is shielded on both sides by cliff and rock making it safe for swimming at low tide. With plenty of parking and it’s proximity to the city, it makes the ideal destination for a beach day out! Even better, the Maldron Hotel Oranmore is one of the top hotels near Silver Strand Beach.

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