If you are looking for a stunning beach in the west of Ireland, you should definitely visit Glassilaun Beach in the Connemara region of County Galway. This beach is one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in the region, with soft white sand, crystal clear water and spectacular mountain views. 

Glassilaun Beach is located near the southern entrance of Killary Fjord. The fjord forms the border between County Galway and County Mayo, and you can see the Mweelrea Mountains on the Mayo side from the beach. The beach is about 40 minute drive from Clifden.

To get to Glassilaun Beach from Clifden, follow the Connemara Loop Road past Tully Cross, and continue for about 2.5 km until you reach a small turnoff with signs for Glassilaun Beach and Scubadive West. From Leenane, follow the Connemara Loop Road for about 15 km until you see the same turnoff on your right. There is a car park near the beach with enough space for several cars.

Glassilaun Beach is a great place to relax, enjoy nature and have some fun. The beach is about 600 m long, stretching from one side of the horseshoe-shaped bay to the other. The sand is soft and white, and the water is clear and turquoise on sunny days. The water is also safe to swim in, but be prepared for the cold temperature of the Atlantic Ocean. There are no lifeguards on duty, so swim at your own risk and be careful of currents and waves.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can also try some water sports on Glassilaun Beach. Scubadive West, a diving centre located near the beach, offers scuba diving courses and trips for beginners and experienced divers. You can explore the underwater world of Killary Fjord and see marine life such as seals, dolphins, lobsters and starfish. You can also rent kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and snorkeling equipment from Scubadive West and enjoy the scenery from a different perspective.

If you prefer to stay on land, you can also go for a walk on Glassilaun Beach and explore the rocky outcrops and tide pools at either end of the beach. You might find some interesting creatures such as crabs, sea urchins and anemones. You can also admire the views of the surrounding mountains, such as Benchoona, Garraun and Mweelrea. If you are lucky, you might even spot some wildlife such as otters, foxes or birds of prey.

Glassilaun Beach is a very natural and unspoiled beach, so don’t expect many facilities there. In summer, there are usually some portable toilets (Portaloos) and bins near the car park, but there’s no guarantee. There are no shops, cafes or restaurants nearby, so make sure to bring your own food and drinks if you plan to spend some time there. There are also no showers or changing rooms on the beach, so bring a towel and some dry clothes if you want to swim.

Glassilaun Beach is one of those places that will make you fall in love with Ireland’s wild beauty. It is a perfect spot for a day trip or a weekend getaway in Connemara, where you can enjoy some peace and tranquility away from the crowds. Whether you want to swim, dive, kayak or just relax on the sand, Glassilaun Beach will not disappoint you.




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