Places to Visit in Galway: Spiddal & Furbo
Discover//Insider Guides

Places to Visit in Galway: Spiddal & Furbo

Situated along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is a cluster of Galway’s most well known Gaeltacht communities. Among them lies the charming neighbouring villages - Spiddal and Furbo - which are both famous for their friendly locals, stunning sea views and of course the preservation of our native language..

Tá cnuasach de na ceantair Ghaeltachta is cáiliúla i nGaillimh suite ar Shlí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin. Ina measc, tá na sráidbhailte áille – An Spidéal agus Na Forbacha - dhá bhaile atá buailte ar a chéile agus a bhfuil clú agus cáil orthu mar gheall ar chomh cairdiúil agus atá muintir na háite, radhairc iontacha na farraige, agus ar ndóigh, caomhnú ár dteanga dúchais..

Go Sight-Seeing

If you are beginning your travels from Galway city you really are in for a treat! Take in the stunning sea views as you enjoy the spin along the R336 past Barna Village and into the area colloquially known as the ‘Gateway to Connemara’ - Furbo and Spiddal. While winter brings colder temperatures and wetter days, it also brings the year’s most breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over Galway Bay. As you drive you notice all the signposts in the area are written in Irish, a lovely nod to the fact that you’ve now entered one of the largest Gaeltacht regions in the West. Speaking of, if you are familiar with TG4’s popular rural-based drama series, Ros na Rún you’ll be very interested to learn that it’s filmed in the area around Spiddal so keep your eyes peeled for any familiar faces. One spot worth visiting is the historic St. Enda’s Church in the heart of Spiddal village, easy to spot thanks to its high bell tower, this church sits en route to the exceptionally scenic vantage point - Seanchéibh (old quay). From here walk the prom which is a 5km loop with a coffee and some of the home baked goodies from Rúnda Coffee Stop. Even if it’s too chilly to go for a swim we highly recommend visiting all of Spiddal and Furbo’s many epic beaches - Spiddal Beach, Céibh an Spidéil by Spiddal Pier, An Trá Mhór, and Na Forbacha Beach to name a few. On warmer days these beaches are the perfect places to enjoy a seaside trip with your family but on these colder days they are lovely spots for taking a brisk walk with a cuppa té. If you are travelling with family, make sure to add a trip to Spiddal Playground to your day plan. This playground features play facilities such as seesaws, slides, swings, and a carousel as well as offering ample parking and seating for the adults.

Things to Do

With all of the sightseeing out of the way, it’s time to meet the locals! To enjoy a bit of shopping visit the creators and makers at Spiddal’s Ceardlann Craft Village. Here you can shop a range of souvenirs and gifts and visit its café’ Builín Blasta for a delicious lunch or pop round in the evenings to savour the incredible flavours of their wine bar. They are situated near the live music venue Stiúideo Cuan, and if your visit aligns nicely you might even be able to catch one of their live performances on your trip. If shopping is on the agenda, be sure to call into Standún, a gorgeous store that offers something for the whole family and offers the best of Irish gifts, Aran sweaters, clothing, jewellery and more. When you get a bit peckish, the authentic Italian pizzas from Fiordigrano Pizza are to-die for. It’s a local favourite so definitely worth checking out for yourself! Alternatively, the new cosy café and bistro Bláth Fiáin is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu of wholesome culinary delights, perfect for all ages. If you want to partake in a bit of relaxation, the benefits of using the wood-fire Driftwood Sauna on Spiddal’s New Pier can be experienced in all weathers and all seasons. Or you can let your worries float away at the state-of-the-art RISE Floatation Centre, the ultimate blend of comfort and luxury. To treat yourself to a positive wellness experience with a yoga session along the Wild Atlantic Way, both Ciara from Naduir Wellness Centre and Sinead from Move & Breathe can help you reconnect with yourself through movement, breathwork and mindfulness.

When it comes to fueling your adventurous spirit Eile Mental Activity Park in Furbo offers a range of activities including laser tag, paintball, archery, orienteering and disc golf, guaranteeing you a family day out you’ll never forget! After a day here, Padraicins Seafood Bar & Restaurant should be your next port of call in order to enjoy delicious pints and seafood with a beautiful view over Furbo Beach. Taking care of you on the accommodation side of things, the charming An Cruiscin Lán is a great option for visitors to Spiddal as it’s only a 3 minute walk to the pier and beaches. Additionally, Spiddal Caravan & Camping is perfect for those of you who prefer a holiday that is more outdoorsy based. For those who prefer having everything you need under one roof, the tranquil seafront Connemara Coast Hotel is also home to a leisure centre, outdoor playground, two restaurants, a cocktail bar and pub!

All photos by Ciarán MacChoncarraige

Published on Updated on