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Connemara’s beaches are all individual, coming with their own different types of sand, rocks and an infinite variety of small shells. The Coral Strand in Ballyconneely is unusual for its golden coral sand. It’s also easy to access, with plenty of space to park, and might be a slightly warmer swimming spot than other beaches! Shortly afterwards (turning right) you will find the beaches of Mannin Bay, a collection of white sandy beaches. Whatever the weather, a stroll in Mannin will leave you feeling refreshed and contented. Just off the Clifden to Roundstone road (a few kilometres before Roundstone), Dog’s Bay and Gurteen are two dramatically beautiful beaches which lie back to back. Glassilaun, in Renvyle, where scenes of the movie Tristan and Isolde were filmed, is another glorious beach in North Connemara. From the village of Tully Cross, take the left turn by the church and follow the elevated coast road towards Little Killary Bay.

Gurteen Beach and Dog’s Bay, Roundstone

Gurteen Beach (left) and Dog’s Bay, Roundstone

The Coral Strand, Ballyconneely

A day out for the family at the Coral Strand in Ballyconneely

Mannin Beach, Mannin, Ballconneely

The crystal clear waters of Mannin Bay

Glassilaun Beach, Killary, Norh-Connemara

Clouds looming over Glassilaun beach

Omey Strand, Claddaghduff

Omey Strand

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