Coral Strand, near Clifden

by | 5 Jul 2019 | Galway

June 2010

This is one of only two coral strands that we know (the other is in Carraroe) and it’s a real gem.

The beach here glistens white and shines in a lovely contrast to the clear turquoise waters. There are small clumps of rocks for shelter and for kids to play around. The views across the water to the equally white beaches of Mannin Bay are spectacular.

The one drawback of coral is that it can be hard underfoot, so don’t expect to be running around here in your bqre feet. And coral is not good for making sandcastles. However, the swimming is great and the freshness and clarity of the water more than compensate.


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From Clifden you travel on the R341 and the strand is the first place you come to with parking on your right hand side. There are two small car parks and the second one has a small gap in the wall where you can manoeuvre a buggy down to the beach.

Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 44

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