Kilmurvey Beach (Cill Mhuirbhigh)
Kilmurvey Beach is a beautiful sandy beach which boasts blue flag status on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. The beach is safe for swimming for those of all ages as there are no strong currents unlike some of the more hidden and inaccessible beaches. There are some perfect picnic spots on the dunes.
Ballyloughane beach is a fantastic beach for observing seashore life. The shore becomes largely exposed in low tide offering a great opportunity to stroll the beach and explore. The beach is an important nursery area for juvenile flat fish such as plaice and flounder, as well as providing a home for brown shrimp, sand hoppers, seaweeds and crabs. It provides great excitement and fun for all ages.
Silver Strand Beach
Silverstrand is a popular beach located between Salthill and Barna villages. The sandy beach offers safe shallow waters for swimming along with a decent stretch of beach for an enjoyable stroll. There a some great views across Galway bay from the beach. In high tides the beach is largely covered.
Salthill beach is made up of several small beaches which are separated by outcrops. There is a mixture of both sandy and pebble beaches providing a variety of choice for all. The beach boasts blue flag status, making it an ideal place to swim. In the summer months, it is often a popular location for visitors, with the black rock diving board nearby.
Trá na mBán
Trá na mBán is a blue flag beach based in the picturesque village of Spiddal. The beach is easily accessible and boasts lovely views over Galway bay along with the colourful backdrop of the colourful Spiddal Craft Village buildings in the background of the beach.
Trá an Dóilin
Trá an Dóilin or Coral beach as it’s otherwise known, is located nearby the beautiful Ceathrú Rua. The beach boasts blue flag status and is often noted for its very fine coral. The beach is a popular snorkeling and diving spot. It’s blue flag status makes it a safe place to swim.
Lettergesh Beach offers a spectacular long expansive white sandy beach. The beach is a great place to relax, take in the views or go for a quick dip in the cool Atlantic ocean.
Aillebrack beach, located on the Ballyconneely peninsula, is a Green Coast award winning beach. The award is a symbol of excellence, recognising excellence in water quality, environmental standards & notable community involvement. The beach offers a beautiful white sandy strand which is stunning in sunny weather.
Many find Renvyle Beach to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the West Coast of Ireland and with good reason. The expansive white sandy beach offers a great location to have a beautiful stroll along the beach or a dip in the clear waters of the Atlantic ocean.
An Trá Mór, Inverin
An Trá Mór is a rural beach not far from Inverin village. The beach provides a long sheltered shore with clear water and great views over the Burren in County Clare. The beach is a great place to swim and provides car parking nearby.
Traumstrand Beach is situated in the ‘Mannin’ townland near Ballyconneely. The beach offers a stunning white sandy shore, perfect for a long stroll. The water is clear and perfect for swimming. If you look closely, the sand here is made up of the remains of a type of coralline seaweed and the skeletal remains of barnacles, mollusks and sponge.
Traught Beach is a rural beach in south Galway. The beach is popular amongst waterfowl, making it a great beach to observe and explore the different species. The beach also boasts a blue flag status making it a perfect location for swimming.
Grattan Beach is a sandy beach located just before Salthill. In the winter the beach is a popular ground for birds, great for observing. In addition, the beach is a great place to explore for kids as it is also home to a variety of sea life.
Gurteen & Dog’s Bay Beaches
Lying back to back, Dogs Bay and Gurteen Bay are two of the most beautiful beaches in County 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. The area is internationally important for its rare and interesting ecological, geological and archaeological features. 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.
Omey Island is a tidal island situated near Claddaghduff. When the tide is out, the sandy beach below becomes exposed making it a perfect place to stroll across to the Island or for kids to have fun in the sand.
Trá na bhForbacha
Trá na bhForbacha is located on the roadside before Furbo village. It is a very picturesque beach offering plenty of strolling space when the tide is out. It’s marked as a safe beach for bathing.
Céibh an Spidéal Beach
Céibh an Spidéal is a blue flag beach located in the village of Spiddal. The beach is clean and suitable for bathing. The beach is perfect to relax and watch the sun set over the bay, along with watch the boats in the nearby pier.
Trá Chaladh Fínis
Trá Chaladh Fínis is a short distance from the village of Carna. The beach is relatively long at about 400 metres, offering plenty of space for a walk on the beach. A mountain stream flows into the bathing area and can have a strong colour due to its flow through peat bog land. The beach is safe for bathing.
Located at the edge of Mannin Bay near Ballyconneely, the Coral Strand is made up of a red calcified seaweed called maërl, or otherwise known as coralline algae, which feels like fine gravel underfoot. So much so that it became known as a “coral strand”. The beach offers a a lovely location for swimming, bathing and exploring.
Glassilaun beach is a white sandy beach located between Renvyle and Killary bay. The backdrop of impressive mountains, make the beach very picturesque. The water is clear and safe to swim in with the white sand perfect for a stroll.
A beautiful beach in relative isolation, Doonloughan is a deep inlet offering wide and sandy beach. Surrounding the beach are some other smaller beaches to explore. The water is clear and safe to swim in.