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Clai Ban
Clai Ban

Kilronan, Inishmore

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4.3 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Located in Kilronan, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Blow Holes and Aran Heritage Centre. Teampall Chiaráin …

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Radharc Na Farraige
Radharc Na Farraige

Moycullen Road,, Spiddal Connemara H91XOAH

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Spiddal, this bed & breakfast is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Cnoc Suain Cultural Centre and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Spiddal …

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Ross Lake House Hotel
Ross Lake House Hotel

Rosscahill, Oughterard

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Oughterard Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Brigit's Garde …

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Camillaun Lodge
Camillaun Lodge

Eighterard, Oughterard

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Oughterard, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Aughnanure Castle, Brigit's Garden, and Glengowla Mines …

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Aran View Country House
Aran View Country House

Coast Road, Doolin 0000

3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Doolin hotel is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of Doolin Garden and Nursery, Doolin Cave, an …

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Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel
Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel

Connemara, Recess

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Recess, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, and Killary Adventure …

£110
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Park House Hotel
Park House Hotel

Forster Street, Eyre Squre, Galway

4.0 out of 5.0

Park House Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Galway Train Station and Eyre Square. Guests can stroll 10 minutes to The Spanish …

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Royal Spa Hotel
Royal Spa Hotel

Main Street, Lisdoonvarna

2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Lisdoonvarna, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Mountain View Horse Riding Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of …

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Sea Breeze Lodge B&B
Sea Breeze Lodge B&B

9 Cashelmara, Galway 310859

5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Salthill, this luxury bed & breakfast is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Rusheen Riding Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sout …

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Eyre Square Hotel
Eyre Square Hotel

Forster Street, Eyre Square, Galway HP1 TCP0

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eyre Square, St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and …

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Pocket Guide: Carraroe Coral Beach Hotels

For most beaches, the absence of sand would be a major detraction. But Coral Beach is one of nature’s rare wonders and is a source of endless fascination for conservationists and nature lovers. The beach is made of what appears to be small fragments of coral and has plenty to interest every visitor.

Coral Beach is a few miles from Galway City and there are a good number of beachfront hotels, intimate guesthouses, and family-run bed and breakfasts in the area to choose from.

Coral Beach: An Area of Outstanding Beauty

Coral Beach is known in Gaelic as Trá an Dóilín, and stretches out along Galway Bay near the village of Carraroe. It was named Coral Beach but the term coral is a misnomer – the beach is actually a living creature. The rocks are actually made of coralline algae, also called maerl, which is highly important in conservation terms.

For visitors to the beach, it’s immediately obvious that there is no sand, as the maerl pebbles can be sharp – so bring flip-flops or beach shoes. The maerl grow in Greatman’s Bay, among the islands clustered around the western shoreline of County Galway, and after they die they wash up on Coral Beach. They are red while alive, but when they die they break up into brown, grey and white fragments. The habitat it creates is almost unique in Ireland, where very little maerl is found.

Coral Beach has been awarded a blue flag for its cleanliness and pristine conservation. There is a lifeguard on duty at certain times and the beach has public changing facilities and toilets. The edges of the beach have some great rockpools to find sea life and you can also find some amenities nearby.

Carraroe Village

One of the great sights from Coral Beach is the great variety of boats and sea vessels that range along the Galway coastline. In particular, it’s often possible to see regattas of Galway Hookers, a variety of native Irish boat. Carraroe is one of the most important places in Ireland for the Galway Hooker industry, and is the centre for the Féile an Dóilín, a festival in honour of the Galway Hooker. The boats were originally used to take peat bog turf – an important fuel in old Ireland – around Galway and County Clare.

Nowadays, most of the Galway Hookers are used for racing and on a fine day there are few grander sights than seeing a fleet of these boats tearing around the Atlantic.

Staying Near Coral Beach

The beauty of Coral Beach draws thousands of visitors every year who enjoy the unique blend of leisure and conservation. The surrounding area has some great hotels to choose from and Expedia can help out, giving you plenty of information to make the right choice and find the perfect place for you. Coral Beach is a must see for anyone visiting Galway.

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