Galway Bay is a large and beautiful bay on the west coast of Ireland between county Galway and county Clare. There are many picturesque villages and towns that dot the coastline of both counties Galway and Clare which border the majestic Galway Bay. These include: Spiddal, Barna, Oranmore, Claddagh, Galway city, Salthill, Kinvara, Ballyvaughan and the Burren Area, with its unique rock formations, monuments and enchanting plant life.
If you want to explore the bay fully then the most appropriate way is to hire a car and go on to see the bay. You may start from Doolin area of county Clare as County Clare also has many tourist attractions like Cliffs of Moher that is one of the most visited spot of Ireland. you will definitely like this place. From there take N67 around Black Head and onto Ballyvaughan, home to some of the country's finest beaches and again breathtaking views of Galway Bay.
Galway Bay also offers many sports and adventurous activities like sailing, rafting, etc. there are many clubs working actively in the bay that arranges all these sports for you. You can take a boat trip from Rossaveal in Galway or from Doolin in Clare to the Aran Islands, at the mouth of Galway Bay. Aran Islands are another famous place in the vicinity. They are approx 40kms from the place and have a famous ancient stone fort, Dun Aengus. You will like to relax and play beach games on the long sandy beaches with clear blue water of the sea. Fishing is frequently done activity here.
You can also enjoy the boat trip along cliffs starting from Doolin. Galway was once the shipping hub of the country. There were many shipping industries in the area. Still there are many shipping industries but with the modernization many things are changed in these industries and their working methods.
However if you get a chance to visit Galway Bay don't miss the opportunities as you will definitely like this place and its beauty.
Anurag Nair works as an online marketing executive for Clare Hotels and writes regularly on different hotel spectrum and Ireland tourism.