|Galway is one of the best places in Ireland for Windsurfing for enthusiasts of all ages and levels of experience. There are numerous suitable beaches from Salthill all the way to Dogs Bay/ Gurteen in Connemara which offer sheltered waters to enjoy. The most popular area only 5 minutes from the city centre is Rusheen Bay. The enclosed bay with calm shallow waters and prevailing cross-onshore winds is ideal for beginners. You can hire all the equipment you need onsite, year round.
Rusheen Bay Windsurfing School
Address: Rusheen Bay, Barna Road, Galway, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)87 2605702
|Derroura Mountain Bike Trail is considered to be the most natural bike trail in Ireland with the most variable terrain. Situated in Connemara about 6km beyond the town of Oughterard in un-spoilt countryside, the trail is just over 16kms long. It winds through deep forest and has a number of long climbs and exhilarating descents. At the halfway point in following a steep ascent you can enjoy fabulous views of Lough Corrib and west towards Maam valley and westwards to the Twelve Pins. Give yourself about 1 ½ hours to complete the loop.
Derroura Mountain Bike Hire
Address: Letterfore, Recess, Co Galway
Tel: +353 (0)87 2273144
|The waters in Galway Bay are clean with great visibility which makes for safe diving for those with all levels of experience. Galway has countless inlets along its rugged coastline with excellent reefs to explore. The nutrient rich Gulf Stream ensures an abundance of marine life to see. The most popular diving locations are in Connemara at Carraroe (opposite the harbour) and at Trá An Doilín (The Coral Beach). Killary Harbour is also a very popular diving spot due to the extensive variety of marine life and some very large conger eels!
Scuba Dive West
Address: Renvyle, Co. Galway
Tel: +353 (0)95 43922
|Galway is a popular location for kayaking enthusiasts as there are a number of different kayaking options to choose from. With the River Corrib flowing through the city and a network of canals throughout the town you have the opportunity to explore the city in a unique way. Sea Kayaking on Galway Bay is also a great option for visitors as you can kayak past the stone walls and old fishing boats of Galway docks and explore Rabbit and Hare Island, Oranmore Bay, Mutton Island Lighthouse while taking in the fantastic views of the Burren, Galway City and Salthill, before you return to join the busy city of Galway once more.
Tel: +353 (0)93 36097
Give It A Go Sea Kayaking
Tel: +353 (0)87 1914911
|The west of Ireland is famous for having some of the best surfing in Europe and Galway City is just over an hour from some of the best surfing beaches on the west coast. The beaches of Lahinch, Fanore, Doonbeg in Co. Clare and Carrowniskey in Co. Mayo offer excellent surfing opportunities. If you don’t have a board Lahinch is the best option for board rental as there are a number of good surf schools in the town.
Lahinch Surf School
Address: Main Street, Lahinch, Co.Clare.
Tel: +353 (0) 87 9609667
Bens Surf Clinic
Address: Lahinch, Co.Clare.
Tel: +353 (0) 86 8448622