Omey Beach is a stunning sandy beach in the Connemara region of Galway, that connects the mainland to Omey Island at low tide. You can walk or drive across the sand to explore this tidal island, which has a rich history and culture.
Omey Beach is located near the village of Claddaghduff, a short distance from Clifden. There is a car park at the end of the road, next to the Church of Our Lady The Star of the Sea. From there, you can either walk or drive across the sand to Omey Island. However, you need to be careful about the tide times, as the beach is only accessible for a few hours each day. You can check the tide times here: Tide Times
If you decide to drive, you should follow the signs and poles that mark the safe route across the sand. You should also avoid driving on wet sand, as your car might get stuck. If you are unsure about driving, you can always park your car at the mainland and walk instead.
Omey Island is a fascinating place to visit, as it has a lot of historical and archaeological sites. One of the most notable ones is Teampaill Feichin (Feichin’s Church). Another interesting site is St Feichin’s Holy Well, which is located on the western side of the island. It is said to have healing powers and is visited by pilgrims every year on July 30th.
Omey Island is also a great place for nature lovers, as it has a diverse flora and fauna. You can see wildflowers, birds, seals, dolphins and even basking sharks around the island (if you’re lucky!). You can also enjoy some scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Twelve Bens mountains.
If you are feeling adventurous, you can also try some outdoor activities on Omey Island. For example, you can go horseback riding on the beach or rent a bike and cycle around the island.
Omey Island is uninhabited, so there are no shops or restaurants on the island. However, you can find some facilities on the mainland, near Omey Beach. There is a pub called Sweeney’s Bar where you can have a drink or a snack. There is also a shop called Claddaghduff Post Office & Shop where you can buy some groceries or souvenirs.
Omey Beach and Omey Island are wonderful places to visit in Connemara, Galway. They offer a unique experience of walking or driving across the sand to reach a tidal island that has a lot of history and culture. You can also enjoy some beautiful scenery and wildlife, as well as some fun outdoor activities. Just make sure to check the tide times before you go, and respect the nature and heritage of the island.
There are currently no reviews submitted.