Spiddal Walk & Beach
Spiddal, situated just 15kms to the West of Galway, on the sea, is the perfect place to spend a sunny day out with the family.
Before you enter the village, from the Galway side, to your left there is a great beach, perfect for sand castle building and swimming, with a picnic area and benches beside it.
To your right is the Ceardlann Craft Village, with craft shops and An Builín Blasta Café serving lunches, coffees and cakes, all homemade. In the village you can see pottery, jewellery, woodwork, painting and musical instruments being made. Buy gifts and much more. Several shops allow you to get hands on experience and you can paint pottery to take on the day or leave to be fired and have fun with decoupage at An Siopa Bui and Chalk and Cheese run painting classes for kids.
As you drive through the village you come to pedestrian lights with a church on your left. If you turn left beside the church you will find a car park with a quay where boats are tied up. If the tide is in the kids can have fun throwing stones into the sea or can climb on the rocks. Beside the car park is a walkway which takes you to the original Spiddal Pier. It is suitable for all the family and buggy/bike friendly. Halfway along is a bridge with a small waterfall, the river runs brown from the bog and was described as a river of coke by my kids, a gate allows you access to the woods to go exploring.
The walkway ends at the beach, which is sheltered by the pier, has toilets and a lifeguard on duty during the summer months.
It is clean and safe and kids will have hours of fun splashing and swimming. A tip is to keep some shortie wet suits in the car, a towel and talc, and the kids can stay longer in the water and really enjoy looking for crabs and splashing about. Talc is great afterwards to get the sand off with out rubbing. Pick up wetsuits in Aldi/Lidl usually once or twice a year they are on sale.
You can walk along the pier or take a trip on a boat. Behind the pier are rocks where budding and professional anglers can enjoy an afternoon of fishing.
If you decide to make a day of it but don’t have a picnic, the village has plenty of shops and restaurants where both irish and english are spoken. Encourage your kids to practise their irish, even just Go raibh maith agat.