Best beaches in County Galway

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in County Galway as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in County Galway is Trá an Dóilín. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in County Galway just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Trá an Dóilín Beach

    Trá an Dóilín © Miss Steel | BY-SA

    Located in the Irish-speaking region (Gaeltacht) of Connemara is the beach of Trá an Dóilín. Well known for its clear water and fine golden sand the beach here is actually quite unique geologically.

    Also known as Coral Strand the beach has some fine 'coral'. Although not true coral, the appearance is similar and the maerl (as…

  • 2. Traught Beach

    Traught © Ian Capper | BY-SA

    Located in the sheltered Galway Bay, this gently sloping sandy beach is an ideal spot for families. There is a lifeguard service during the summer months which means Traught beach is particularly safe for bathing.

    This is a quiet rural beach which rarely gets busy, particularly now the campsite which backs onto the beach is closed.…

  • 3. Spiddal Beach

    Spiddal © Graham Horn | BY-SA

    Spiddal is a sandy beach, flanked by rocky outcrops. It is about 200 meters long, and is located just to the east of the village of Spiddal, along the road that enters the village. From the beach there are views across Galway Bay towards the Aran Islands and towards the hills on the other side…

  • 4. Salthill Beach

    Salthill © Dennis Turner | BY-SA

    Salthill Beach is technically a group of small beaches, some sandy and some pebbly, that are separated by small, rocky outcrops alongside the Galway suburb of Salthill. The beach is popular for swimming, with lifeguards on duty every day during the months of July and August and at weekends during June. Exploring the rock pools…

  • 5. Renvyle Beach

    Renvyle © Alan Reid | BY-SA

    Lovely sandy beach set in the stunning Connemara district of Galway. The bay here feels almost enclosed with the islands of Clare and Inishturk just off the coast and flanked by the mountains of Achill, Mweelrea and Croagh Patrick. Renvyle is widely known for the caravan and camping park that sits right on the edge…

  • 6. Silverstrand Beach

    Silverstrand © Graham Horn | BY-SA

    Silverstrand is a fine sandy beach located just a few kilometres west of the city of Galway. It has spectacular views of Galway Bay and is a particularly popular beach for swimming and for family days out, with shallow and mostly calm waters, as well as a lifeguard service from June until September. The beach…

  • 7. Loughrea Lake Beach

    Loughrea Lake © P L Chadwick | BY-SA

    This little stretch of beach and bathing area are located on the shores of Loughrea Lake. Being a lake with a seasonal lifeguard service it couldn't be much safer for swimming here. There is a jetty to make taking the plunge even easier. Lough Rea, a large limestone lake, which covers an area of about…

  • 8. An Trá Mór Beach

    An Trá Mór © Jonathan Wilkins | BY-SA

    The long, wide, sheltered sandy beach of An Trá Mhór or An Trá Mór in County Galway offers tranquility and gently sloping sands into the sea, making it popular with swimmers. The location lies in the rural Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) area of Inveran: the nearest town is An Spiddal, 4 kilometres away. The terrain is…