Beaches in Galway Near The Claregalway Hotel

Galway is a great holiday destination for a family break, couples retreat, girlie getaway or if you are travelling solo. Along with all the excitement, vibrancy and culture that Galway City brings, the surrounding areas in Galway also boasts fantastic scenery and an array of fantastic beaches to visit and all of which are clean, safe, and family-friendly. They say a day at the beach is the best escape anyone can have and the perfect outing during your stay with us at the Claregalway Hotel.

Explore the stunning beaches of Galway dotted along the picturesque Wild Atlantic Ways, see a selection below.

Why Stay With Us?

The Claregalway Hotel is the perfect base from which to enjoy some of spectacular Beaches in Galway. After a busy day exploring the man wonderful beaches in Galway, swimming, and building sandcastles, our hotel near Galway City is the perfect base to return to where our luxurious guestrooms, an array of dining options and our leisure club await you. We offer seasonal packages and special offers to our guests with more than just a great night’s sleep. From Gourmet Getaways for those romantic couple's retreats, to family breaks with complimentary access to our state of the art leisure facilities.  We look forward to welcoming you.

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Salthill Beach is hugely popular all year round but especially in Summer months and just under 20 minutes from us here at our hotel in Claregalway. if you are feeling adventurous be sure to take a dive off the famous Blackrock diving boards nearby. Salthill beach proudly boasts blue flag status, making it an ideal and safe place to swim for all ages. The beach is accompanied by the famous Salthill promenade that hundreds of people walk, run and jog across each day. Lifeguards are on duty from mid-May to the end of September. Salthill beach is made up of several small beaches which are separated by outcrops with stunning views across Galway Bay. There is a mixture of both sandy and pebble beaches providing a variety of choice for all, perfect for all the family.

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Silverstrand Beach is located just outside the city, between Salthill and Barna and just under 25 minutes’ drive from us here at the Claregalway Hotel. Silverstrand beach boasts a blue flag and is ideal for a family seaside visit. Safe and shallow, the sandy beach is positioned between a rocky region and a cliff, so the adults can enjoy the spectacular views of Galway Bay while the little ones splash about, make sandcastles, and collect some shells. An ideal day out of the whole family or for all ages with plenty of parking it’s always best wrapped up with an ice cream or two on the road home. 

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Flanked by rocky outcrops, this 200-meter sandy beach offers a fantastic destination for swimmers, as it allows you to gradually get into your depth and feel comfortable and safe as you float along. Positioned on the roadside as you enter Spiddal village approximately 35 minutes’ drive from our Galway Hotel, you are in a great spot to spend a summer’s day soaking up the relaxing energy of the area. Whether you are with your mates or spending the afternoon flipping through a good book, the sights and sounds of Spiddal Beach offer a perfect setting to let the hours slip by.

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Dog’s Bay & Gurteen Bay

A little further afield but worth the spin, Dog’s Bay & Gurteen Bay are approximately 90 minutes from Claregalway, on the road to Clifden. These back-to-back beaches are some of the finest in Ireland. Forming a tombolo extending out onto the Atlantic Ocean, we would recommend heading out here if you are in the mood for a swim. Just a couple of miles from Roundstone, Dog’s Bay’s unique horseshoe shape and white sand made from seashells make it effortlessly appealing, while the crystal-clear waters of each attract windsurfers and kite surfers alike.

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Another beach worth the 90 minutes road trip, the scenic sandy beach of Renvyle is known for its fantastic caravan and camping park that overlooks the Twelve Bens mountain range out in Connemara. When the sky is clear, the views offered by the beach stretch right across to the mountains of Clare and the island of Inishturk.