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Clai Ban

Clai Ban

Kilronan, Inishmore
3.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Located in Kilronan, this bed & breakfast is within 2 miles (3 km) of Dun Ducathair, Dun Eochla and Teampall Bheanain. Kilmurvey Beach and The Worm Hole are ...

£68

£68
Carna Bay Hotel

Carna Bay Hotel

Connemara, Carna
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 17 hours ago
1 others viewing this property now
4.3 out of 5 (18 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 20 miles (32 km) of Patrick Pearse's Cottage, Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre and Errisberg. ...

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Carraroe Cottage

Carraroe Cottage

Sruthán na Teorann,, Carraroe
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Carraroe, this holiday home is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Coral Beach and 5.5 mi (8.8 km) from Rossaveel Ferry Terminal. Patrick Pearse's Cottage and Spiddal ...

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An Cuan

An Cuan

16 An Cuan, Carraroe
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this holiday home is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Coral Beach and within 20 miles (32 km) of Spiddal Pier and Spiddal Craft Centre. Quiet Man ...

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Screebe House

Screebe House

Connemara, Rosmuck
5.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
2 others viewing this property now
5.0 out of 5 (7 reviews)

Situated in Derravonniff, this spa country house is 11.6 mi (18.7 km) from Quiet Man Bridge and 12.3 mi (19.7 km) from Coral Beach. Glengowla Mines and Lough ...

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Traditional Irish Cottage In The Heart Of Connemara Including Free Wifi

Traditional Irish Cottage In The Heart Of Connemara Including Free Wifi

Glencoh, County Galway
4.8 out of 5 (23 reviews)

Situated by the ocean, this cottage is within 20 miles (32 km) of Quiet Man Bridge, Coral Beach and Glengowla Mines. Lough Corrib and Oughterard Golf Club are ...

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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Recess, Ballynahinch
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago
3 others viewing this property now
4.8 out of 5 (110 reviews)

Situated on the riverwalk, this eco-friendly hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre and within 9 miles (15 km) of Errisberg ...

£150

£150
Rossroe Lodge

Rossroe Lodge

Rossroe, Cashel
4.5 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (54 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this eco-friendly bed & breakfast is within 12 miles (20 km) of Errisberg, Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre and ...

£56

£56
Peacockes Hotel

Peacockes Hotel

Connemara, Maam Cross
4.0 out of 5.0
1 others viewing this property now
3.8 out of 5 (32 reviews)

Situated in Maam Cross, this hotel is 5.9 mi (9.4 km) from Quiet Man Bridge and within 12 miles (20 km) of Glengowla Mines and Lough Corrib. Oughterard Golf ...

£56

£56
An Crúiscín Lán Hotel

An Crúiscín Lán Hotel

Spidéal, Spiddal
2.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (15 reviews)

Situated on the beach, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Spiddal Pier and Spiddal Craft Centre. Silver Strand and Bearna Golf and Country Club are also ...

£64

£64

Pocket Guide: Coral Beach 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.