Galway is an enviable city with its abundance of beautiful blue flag beaches closeby, and some of the best beaches on the west coast of Ireland within its county. The closest beach to Raheen Woods Hotel is in Salthill, but with our location on the inter-section of the M6, M17 & M18 you will be spoiled for choice with accessibility to the beautiful beaches of Co.Clare also. The beach at Salthill, along the famous Salthill Promenade is actually several small beaches separated by rocky outcrops running all the way down to Blackrock Diving Tower at its western end.
Some of the beaches are sandy and some pebbly. The largest and most popular is Ladies Beach which has its very own beach hut serving coffees, ice-creams and treats. It is located in Galway city and overlooks Galway Bay, a Special Area of Conservation. There are three separate beaches in Salthill which are very popular with visitors and residents during the summer and many of the more resilient locals continue their swimming all year round when the weather is less forgiving. The diving board at Blackrock at the end of the Salthill promenade is a magnet for swimmers and dares brave souls to test their mettle against the swirling Atlantic sea below.
Salthill beach along with most of the larger beaches in the county are monitored by lifeguards from May to September from 11 am to 7 pm.
Below is our list of some but not all of the great beaches in Galway.