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Visit the cold waters of the Salthill Beach in the sun-soaked summers of Galway. Comprised of small mini-beaches that are separated by outcrops, Salthill has both soft-sanded as well as pebbly beaches. Moderately crowded throughout the year, especially during the Irish summers, this beach is ideal for fun-filled family outings, picnicking and other water-sports such as diving and snorkeling. The Salthill Promenade makes a lovely path for an evening stroll, while offering enviable views of the beach. Come here for the famous Volvo Ocean Race in early July and stay through the summer for more adventures in and around town.
This beach can be found just 5 kms west of Galway city. Simply turn right just after Barna Woods. A narrow access road leads the way and parking in the areas provided is recommended, although there is a small charge. This clean, sandy beach was awarded a European Blue Flag. It has a very gradual decline which makes it particularly safe for children and there is a lifeguard present during the summertime. A picnic area and toilet facilities are located nearby. It can get very crowded at this popular beach when the weather is warm, so get there early if the sun is shining.
A trip to Connemara is not complete without a cruise around Lough Corrib. This lovely lake is one of Ireland's largest bodies of water. Stop at Inchagoil Island and visit the restored 12th century church there. Sir Benjamin Guinness restored this building in the 19th century, and created pathways through the woods all over the island. The island itself was once part of the Guinness estate, which also included Ashford Castle, now a famous hotel. Boats depart for the lough from the Galway side of Oughterard.