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Clai Ban
Clai Ban

Kilronan, Inishmore

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Dun Ducathair, Dun Eochla, and Teampall Bheanain. …

£68
Rossroe Lodge
Rossroe Lodge

Rossroe, Cashel H91 V20K

4.0 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (37 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this eco-friendly bed & breakfast is within 12 mi (20 km) of Errisberg, Dan O'Hara's Connemar …

£64
Connemara Coast Hotel
Connemara Coast Hotel

Spiddal Road, Furbo

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (76 reviews)

Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Silver Strand, National Aquarium of Galway, and Rushee …

£155
Camillaun Lodge
Camillaun Lodge

Eighterard, Oughterard

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (16 reviews)

Situated in Oughterard, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lough Corrib, Oughterard Golf Club, and Glengowla Mines …

£67
Glasha Meadows
Glasha Meadows

Glasha, Doolin

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (29 reviews)

Situated in Doolin, this bed & breakfast is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Doolin Cave and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Mountain View Horse …

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Doolin View Bed & Breakfast
Doolin View Bed & Breakfast

Teergoneen, Doolin

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated in Doolin, this bed & breakfast is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Doolin Cave and within 9 mi (15 km) of Cliffs of Moher and …

£72
Galway Bay Hotel
Galway Bay Hotel

258 R336, Galway

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (331 reviews)

Directly facing Galway Bay, this hotel is across from the Salthill seaside promenade. The Galway Golf Club is adjacent. The …

£116
Clybaun Hotel
Clybaun Hotel

Clybaun Road, Galway

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (311 reviews)

This family-friendly Galway hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Pure Skill Galway and Monke …

£74
Sea Breeze Lodge B&B
Sea Breeze Lodge B&B

9 Cashelmara, Galway 310859

5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (83 reviews)

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 …

£169
Harbour Hotel
Harbour Hotel

New Dock Road, Galway

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (587 reviews)

This Galway hotel is a three-minute walk from Eyre Square and the shops, pubs, and restaurants of Quay Street. The Spanish …

£127
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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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