The Summer is nearly here and where better to explore Ireland's beaches than on the west of the coast of Ireland. Here are our top 5 beaches in Galway.
1. Dogs Bay/ Gurteen Bay
Dogs bay is possibly the finest set of beaches in the country. Dogs Bay is sheltered from currents by the south facing headland leaving Dogs Bay a very popular tourist spot. The white sands are met with a crystal clear waters. The sand and grassland habitats are only found in Ireland and Scotland and have sparked international interest. A picture paints a thousand words, and this image certainly does that.
2. Tra Na mBan
Tra na mBam is located west of the village of Spidal and is shielded from the Atlantic waves by a Pier which makes this spot ideal for finishing also. The bach is located beside the Shannagarraun wood which is an area of conservation.
3. Silver Strand Beach
Silver Strand beach is a 20minute drive from Eyre Square and is quite special as it is flanked on both sides by cliffs and rocks making you feel truly alone. The specular views of Galway Bay will leave quite an impression on you. With a promenade and parking space for 60 cars Silver Strand is one of the finest beaches in Galway.
4. Salthill Beach
Salthill Beach is the most popular beach in Galway and the whole west of Ireland. Salthill beach is several small beaches facing out onto Galway Bay. The Salthill promenade runs alongside each beach and spans 2miles.The beach is lifeguard patrolled mid-May tot he end of September 11am-7pm. Ease of access from Galway City, surrounding entertainment such as bars, restaurants, amusement park rides are some of the major reasons whu this blue flag beach is one of the best in Galway.
5. Kilmurvey Beach
Kilmurvey Beach is one of the most stunning beaches I have personally been too. I have visited it 5 times and I intend to go 5 more times, something keeps dragging me back to Inish Mor. The Kulmurvey beach is located on the northern side of the Island of Inish Mor. Galway. The sheltered cove shields the beach from strong currents leaving crystal clear water to match any Bahamas getaway paired with clean white sand. The bird life surrounding the beach is also known for its international significance. The sand dunes and accompanying grassland make Kilmurvey beach one of the best places in Ireland for a picnic.