Galway’s Best Summer Swimming Spots
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Galway’s Best Summer Swimming Spots

Galway’s location on Ireland’s West Coast offers ample opportunities for some incredible swimming! There’s no better way to cool off than in nature's pools. During the summer months, the days are best spent taking a quick dip into these amazing swimming spots.

We’ve included lakes, beaches, and other locations but if you’re looking for a dedicated beach day list, check out our picks for Galway’s best beaches here!

Loughrea Lake

Loughrea Lake view
Loughrea Lake, also known as the Long Point, is a large and stunning limestone lake located just under an hour outside Galway City. The lake is a Blue Flag awarded swimming spot, and during the summer months patrolled by lifeguards, making it a safe and fun place to swim with the family or friends! Loughrea Lake is a well known and beloved spot for a summer swim!


Silverstrand, located in Barna, is a picturesque sandy beach in Galway. Awarded a Blue Flag status, Silverstand is a wonderful place to swim, or just have a beach day! The beach has been hailed as one of the most unique beaches in Galway. Outstretched across the Atlantic coast, a single lone cliff borders the sand, creating an incredible view. Silverstrand is just a quick 15 minute drive outside of the city, making it the perfect place for a day trip. With lifeguards on duty throughout the summer months, this is another safe and clean destination for a sea swim.

Rossadillisk Strand

In the ruggedly beautiful west, there is no lack of incredible views to enjoy while you swim. Rossadillisk Strand is a swimming spot up in Connemara that provides stunning scenery as you dip your toes in the refreshing Atlantic. The strand stretches right around Rossadillisk Point. The strand is also a part of the Aughrus Peninsula in Connemara, which is filled with beaches that are safe, clean, and picturesque! During the top of a flood tide is the perfect time to stretch out in the sea, as the water is typically warmest then.

Salthill Beaches - Blackrock Diving Tower

Blackrock diving tower
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We would be remiss if we didn't include Blackrock diving tower on our list of best swimming spots! Located in Salthill along the prom, Blackrock is an iconic Galway landmark, perfect for making waves in the ocean. The tower has three different heights for diving in, making it perfect for all swimmers. Spend the day on the beaches of Salthill jumping into the Atlantic. While you’re there, pick up a coffee or smoothie bowl from Álainn, located right next to the tower!

Aillebrack Beach

Along the Wild Atlantic Way, you’ll come across Aillebrack Beach. Located up in Connemara, this is a spot worthy of a postcard! The beach is near the Ballyconneely peninsula, offering stunning views of Ireland's west coast and the Atlantic. Spend the day out west and swim in the clear blue waters.

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