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Beaches in Ireland

Renvyle Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches to be found on the West Coast of Ireland. Renvyle Beach is situated 30km from Clifden, 1.5km from Tullycross in the heart of North Connemara and is a paradise for families.

Ballyconneely Beach

The Ballyconneely peninsula is virtually ringed by beaches – from the Coral Strand at Derrygimla, west and north to Knock, Mannin, Dunloughan and Truska, and east and south from Keeraunmore, Aillebrack, and Ballyconneely Bay to Calla, Dolan and Murvey. As well as being ideal for bathing, some of those beaches provide excellent bases for shore fishermen.

Trá an Dóilin, Carraroe

Tra an Doilin can be found in an area of great natural beauty in an Ceathru Rua. The blue flag beach is noted for its very fine coral. The beach is lifeguarded throughout the bathing season.

Looking for somewhere to do some water sports? Look no further as this is an excellent area to bring snorkellers and novice divers, whilst the more experienced divers can do their own thing.

Lettergesh Beach

Renvyle is home to spectacular beaches, in particular the ‘white strand’, a long expanse of white sand with stunning views across the aquamarine ocean that would rival any beach worldwide. This magical place has inspired writers and artists and draws them back again and again, some have settled in the area.

Gurteen Beach & Dog’s Bay

Gurteen Beach, located in Roundstone, lies back-to-back with Dog’s Bay. The two beaches were formed by a sand spit and tombolo which now separates the two bays known as Gurteen Bay and Dog’s Bay. The name Gurteen derives from the Irish Goirtín meaning small plot or small field. The area is internationally important for its rare and interesting ecological, geological and archaeological features. The sand and grassland habitats are of particular interest. The sand was formed from shells.

Kilmurvey Beach

Cill Mhuirbthigh located on Inishmore, Aran Islands

Trá na mBán – Spiddal

Spiddal has two beaches; one is by the roadside east of the village, the other is sheltered behind the pier and is reached by means of a narrow road west of the village. The rocks behind the pier, and the pier itself, provide some shore angling when the mackerel shoals are in. Galway has six Blue Flag Beaches. Tra na mBan in Spiddal is one of those, a rural beach which is easily accessible. Located close to Shannagarraun wood which is a Special Area of Conservation.

An Trá Mór, Inverin

A sandy beach in a rural, Irish speaking area. Take the R336 from Galway city.

This beach is in the townland of Inverin. Trá Mhór Choill Rua is lifeguarded weekends only in June and then daily 11-7 July and August

Loughrea Lake

Loughrea – Baile Locha Riach: the town of the grey or dappled lake – takes its name from the beautiful lake, on the northern shore of which the town stands. Lough Rea, a large limestone lake, was most likely formed by erosion during the last Ice Age which ended about 9,000 BC. For the past several years, Lough Rea’s excellent water quality and well maintained shore has earned it the European Blue Flag status making it one of the few inland lakes to receive this coveted award.

Salt Hill Beach

The beach at Salthill is actually several small beaches separated by outcrops. Some of the beaches are sandy and some pebbly. It is located in Galway city and on Galway Bay, a Special Area of Conservation. Buses also regularly frequent the beach. The beach is lifeguarded from mid-May to end of September 11AM-7PM.

Silverstrand Beach

Located between Salthill and Barna, just to the West of Galway City, 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.