If you are looking for a relaxing time at the beach you might want to consider visiting Silverstrand Beach in Galway. Silverstrand Beach is a popular beach located between Salthill and Barna villages, and just a short drive from Galway City. The beach is one of the most picturesque spots in the region, with its crystal-clear waters, golden sands, and breathtaking views of Galway Bay and the Clare hills. The beach itself stretches for about 300 meters, making it the perfect place for a relaxing stroll or a picnic with friends and family. The area is also ideal for swimming and sunbathing, and there are plenty of spots to set up camp for the day.

One of the most unique features of Silverstrand Beach is its “Horseshoe” shape. The sheltered bay makes it an ideal spot for swimming, as the water is relatively calm and protected from the harsher waves of the open ocean. The beach is also a popular spot for surfers, who take advantage of the more challenging waves outside the bay. In high tides the beach is largely covered.

One of the main attractions of Silverstrand Beach is its blue flag status. This means that the beach meets high standards of water quality, environmental management, safety, and services. You can swim in the clear and calm waters with confidence, knowing that they are regularly tested and monitored. The beach also has lifeguards on duty during the summer months, so you can enjoy the water safely. 

Another feature that makes Silverstrand Beach a great place to visit is its range of facilities. The beach has a large car park that can accommodate up to 200 vehicles and there are also public toilets and showers available for your convenience. If you want to have a picnic or a barbecue, you can use the designated areas that have tables and benches. Visitors can also find refreshments at the local ice-cream van when it’s on-site. What’s more, the beach also has a ramp for wheelchair access.

Silverstrand Beach is not only a place to relax and enjoy the sun, but also a place to explore and learn. The beach is part of a natural heritage area that hosts a variety of flora and fauna. You can walk along the sandy shore and observe the different types of seaweed, shells, and rocks. You may also spot some birds and marine life, such as gulls, terns, seals, and dolphins.

Silverstrand Beach is a must-visit beach for anyone traveling to Galway and want to feel the fresh Atlantic breeze on their face along with witnessing great views across Galway Bay. Whether you’re looking to relax and soak up some sun or fancy a dip in the Atlantic Sea, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Blue Flag Status



Yes - During Summer Months Only





Picnic Facilities


Wheelchair Accessible


How To Get Here



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SilverStrand Beach



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