Spideal, Co. Galway
Activities in the Area
The Prom Beach - This beach is just East of the village on the Galway road. This beach consitantly gets the European Blue flag for good water quality. There are 2 small streams running down the beach but you are advised not to drink the water. It's safe for swimming provided the sea is not rough as there are no dangerous currents and there is a lifeguard on duty during the summer months. Whether the weather is good or not take a walk along the beach and shore line. The chilldren love this walk with all of the unusual stones and interesting rock pools. You can walk West along the shore as far as the old pier or the new pier if you are willing to wade across the river.
Connemara- Famous for its raw beauty the region of Connemara stretches West of Spiddal village. As you drive West you will notice the scenery change dramatically as you travel past Rossaveal Harbour onto the Screeb or Maam Cross area.
The Burren- Located across Galway Bay in County Clare it will take about 2 hours to drive there. If you visit the West of Ireland do not miss the opportunity to visit this unique limestone moonscape like area. This is where the Cliffs of Moher are to be found and the many small beautiful villages such as Kinvara and Lisdoonvarna. There are also the Ailwee Caves with some of the biggest stalagtites in Europe.
Aran Islands- Another one not to be missed if you come to the West of Ireland. The Aran Islands is a group of 3 limestone islands of the Galway coast. The quickest way of getting there is by plane from a small airport 6 miles west (10 minute flight). Go to www.AerArannExpress.com for further details. The cheaper option is to go by boat from Rossaveal harbour 8 miles West. Go to www.AranIslandFerries.com for further details on this service. The islands are called Inis Oirr, Inis Méan and Inis Mór.