Three days in Galway allow you to explore the culture-filled city, as well as the wind-whipped surrounding countryside—home to some of Ireland’s most spectacular natural beauty spots, including the Cliffs of Moher and Connemara’s hills, bogs, and rocky peaks
The rocky coast is the main attraction at Salthill, offering access to a wide range of outdoor activities including scuba diving, sea angling, and jet skiing. There is a high board diving area and opportunities for boat rentals. For entertainment after dark, the waterfront promenade has casinos, nightclubs, and a concert hall. Salthill is part of some Galway city tours including the hop-on, hop-off bus sightseeing tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Salthill is a must-see attraction for nature lovers and outdoor adventure travelers.
- Check out the Leisureland complex to enjoy its swimming pool and mini golf course.
- Travelers looking to swim or snorkel should be prepared for chilly water; if you’re sensitive to cold water bring layers like a rash guard.
How to Get There
Salthill is located less than two kilometers, or a five-minute drive, outside of Galway City. The center of Galway can be reached in an approximately 20-minute walk. Buses from Eyre Square in Galway connect the city center to Salthill. Most visitors arrive by car or explore Salthill as part of a tour in Galway City. The nearest airport is Shannon Airport, approximately a one-hour and 15-minute drive away.
When to Get There
The most popular time of year in Salthill is the summer months, when locals cross their fingers for sunshine and warm temperatures. June, July, and August will see the most action at the beaches and in the waterfront restaurants. The shoulder season of spring and fall are a peaceful time to visit. The winter months are very quiet.
Exploring the Region Beyond the beaches, Salthill is a gateway to fun things to do in this region of County Galway and beyond. Visit Ireland’s National Aquarium called the Galway Atlantaquaria, take a drive to the Cliffs of Moher, or discover the lunar landscape of the Burren. There are several parks nearby for a stroll including Salthill Park and Quincentennial Park.
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