Galway Water Sports
Popular Activities on Galway Bay
Sailing: Galway Bay sailing club is located at Renville Oranmore.
Visit the Islands: The Aran Islands can be visited from Rossaveal, while Inisbofin can be visited from Cleggan.
Cruising the Bay: Cruises are available during the summer holiday period.
Deep Sea Fishing available from Cleggan.
Swimming in one of the many beaches that dot the Connemara coast.
Other Suggested Activities:
The Corrib Princess sails from Woodquay in the heart of Galway City, along the famous Steamers Line, which is the lake's traditional trade route. The journey takes passengers along the majestic River Corrib and onto the lake providing visitors with unsurpassed views of the historic monuments and natural amenities that make this the most spectacular waterway in Ireland. The Corrib Princess takes you past castles and various sites of both historical interest and natural beauty. There is an abundance of wild life and the Corrib has a peace and tranquillity all of its own.
The Corrib Princess sails from Woodquay in the heart of Galway City, along the famous Steamers Line, which is the lake's traditional trade route. The journey takes passengers along the majestic River Corrib and onto the lake providing visitors with unsurpassed views of the historic monuments and natural amenities that make this the most spectacular waterway in Ireland. The Corrib Princess takes you past castles and various sites of both historical interest and natural beauty. There is an abundance of wild life and the Corrib has a peace and tranquillity all of its own.www.corribprincess.ie091 592447See website
Galway Bay Fishing
A full day trip with Kevin and Max runs from 9am to 6pm and includes everything you need to relax and enjoy the experience. Whether you are an experienced angler looking for a serious challenge, or a first time enthusiast looking for a great day out, you will be well catered for. Kevin and Max are both experienced and fully qualified skippers who will show you where the best fishing is to be found and assist you in catching what you want to catch. They will even, for the more recreational adventurer, take you to the stunning Aran Islands or Cliffs of Moher during your day.See website
No visit to Connemara would be complete without a visit to Killary Fjord. The nine mile long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland, and because of its sheltered nature, its waters are always calm. The Connemara Lady accommodates up to 150 passengers, it has been designed to offer the maximum of comfort and safety to guests, and also to offer uninterrupted views of the spectacular scenery which makes the Killary such a unique place to visit.See website
Rusheen Bay Windsurfing
Located just a short walk from our the Hotel, Rusheen Bay Windsurfing is one of Ireland's leading windsurfing schools, located just outside Galway City on the West Coast of Ireland. Rusheen Bay provides an ideal, safe, learning environment for beginners and a great flat-water venue for freestyle and blasting as you progress. Beginers can expect to be windsurfing in just 60 minutes.See website
The Galway Hooker
Galway Bay is famous for its unique traditional sailing craft, the Galway Hooker. The Hookers were probably at their greatest presence in the Bay in the years preceding the Great Famine, when the Claddagh was at its height. Indeed, several reports from the period verify that the Claddagh fleet itself numbered at least 100 vessels; a number which clearly distinguishes Galway as the West's centre for boat building. Sadly, famine, depleted fishing stocks, and the advent of modern technology would eventually seal the Hooker’s fate as a working vessel.
Coast Tours (Connemara or Burren)
Drive along the coast road from our Hotel In Galway to Spiddal and view the splendour of Galway Bay. Later in the day one can experience the famed in song ‘Sun go down on Galway Bay’ Continuing West takes one into the Twelve Bens of Connemara. Driving south from Galway City takes one through Kinvara to the Burren area of County Clare. The Aillwee cave is one of the many attractions on this route.
The Aran Islands are located about 48km (30 miles) from the mouth of Galway Bay. Inishmore (or Inis Mór) is the largest of the three islands which measures just 14km (9 miles) in length and 4.8km (3 miles) at its widest point. The islands are famous for their prehistoric and Christian monuments including the spectacular Dún Aengus fort which is one of the best examples of this type of fort in all of Europe. Other ancient stone forts worth visiting include Dún Eoghanachta and the crumbling Dún Dúcathair. The unique landscape of the islands exhibit a crosshatch of thousands of miles of stone walls and visitors flock to the islands to enjoy the cliff-top walks and spectacular coastal scenery. The islands are also home to more than 430 different varieties of wild flowers and plants making them popular with botanists. Inishmaan (or Inis Meáin) and the smallest, Inisheer (Inis Thiar, or Inis Oírr) are less busy in Summer but are well worth visiting as they offer visitors a more authentic experience. The Salthill Hotel ofers a Romantic Interlude package which includes a flight over the islands.
Cliffs Of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are is one of Ireland's most visited tourist attractions. Situated in North-West Clare between the villages of Liscannor and Doolin, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most spectacular natural wonders. Over 700 feet tall at their highest point, the shale and sandstone cliffs drop almost vertically to the Atlantic ocean far below. From the top there are views, on a clear day, to the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, the Maum Turk and Twelve Bens mountains in Connemara to the north and Loop Head in Co Clare to the south. The grass roofed Visitor Centre is set into the hillside and offers an all weather experience. The Atlantic Edge Exhibition Area brings to life the story of the Cliffs of Moher. The themed zones of Ocean, Rock, Nature and Man present the setting, geology, wildlife and human stories associated with the cliffs.
The Burren, in County Clare located directly across the bay from our Galway Hotel is a barren place, famous for its unique rock formations and exceptional diversity of flora and fauna. There are also large number of historic sites contained within The Burren, making it a popular visitor attraction for the region. Covering an area of approx 300 km2, its boundaries are clearly defined to the north and west by Galway Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, with the villages of Ballyvaughan, Kinvara, Tubber, Corofin, Kilfenora and Lisdoonvarna situated at it's edge. Among the archaeological sites of importance are tombs, burial chambers and the celtic high cross in Kilfenora. The well-preserved Corcomroe Abbey is one of the most popular sights in the area. Many visitors also come for the walking, sea-angling, photography and caving that make this corner of Ireland such an attraction.
The distinct region of Connemara is located in the north west corner of County Galway, and is just a 20 min drive from our Galway Hotel. Connemara's breathtaking landscape is a mixture of unspoilt rivers, lakes, woodlands, rich meadowlands, rugged hills, dramatic mountains and stunning coastline of sandy beaches and crystal blue waters. Connemara is a Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) area, rich in Irish culture, heritage and traditions. The main town in the Connemara region is Clifden. It has lots of quirky shops, restaurants and traditional Irish pubs to explore. Throughout the region there are many very interesting attractions like Kylemore Abbey, Connemara History & Heritage Centre in Clifden, Glengowla Mines in Oughterard, the 40,000 acre Connemara National Park and the set of the film 'The Field' in Leenane, which was directed by Jim Sheridan in the 1990's. Connemara is the ideal place to visit if you want to experience all things Irish.