If you are looking for a stunning beach destination in Ireland, you should definitely consider Gurteen Bay Beach in Connemara, Galway. This beach is one of the most beautiful and unique in the country, with its turquoise water, white sand and scenic surroundings. 

Gurteen Bay Beach is located about 2 km from the picturesque village of Roundstone, which is about 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Galway City. Once you reach Roundstone, you can follow the signs for Gurteen Bay Beach, which is a short drive or a pleasant walk along the coast.

There is a gravel road behind the beachfront that offers plenty of parking spaces for visitors. However, it can get busy during the summer months, so it is advisable to arrive early or late in the day to avoid the crowds. There might be public toilets available near the parking area during the summer months, but they are not guaranteed, so be prepared. Alternatively, toilet facilities may be available at the nearby camping and caravan park, but use of these is at permission and descretion of the business.

Gurteen Bay Beach is a great place to relax, swim, sunbathe, picnic, walk or enjoy some water sports. The water is clear and calm, making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months for added safety of swimmers. There is also a warning sign that advises against paddling in the inlet stream that flows into the bay.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can try some windsurfing or kitesurfing at Gurteen Bay Beach, as the bay offers good wind conditions and waves. You can rent equipment or take lessons from local operators.

Gurteen Bay Beach is not only a beautiful place to visit, but also a natural and cultural treasure. The beach is part of a tombolo that connects it with Dog’s Bay Beach, forming a rare and interesting geological feature. The sand on both beaches is made of fragments of seashells from tiny sea creatures called foraminifera, which give it a pure white colour and a soft texture.

The area around Gurteen Bay Beach is also rich in biodiversity and heritage. The grasslands behind the beach are composed of machair vegetation, which is a type of coastal habitat that supports a variety of plants and animals. 

Please be advised that the sand dunes of the tombolo which separate Dog’s Bay Beach and Gurteen Bay Beach is at serious risk of eroding, therefore please adhere to all signs and only walk on designated footpaths. Do not walk on the dunes!

Gurteen Bay Beach is one of the best beaches in Ireland and a must-see destination for anyone visiting Connemara. It has everything you need for a memorable day out but while there, please respect all signage and help preserve the sand dunes and vegetation to prevent further erosion.


Yes - During Summer Months Only


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Picnic Facilities


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Gurteen Bay Beach



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