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Gurteen Beach

Gurteen Beach (or Port na Feadoige), Roundstone, Co Galway - Don MacMonagle Image courtesy Ireland\'s Content Pool

Gurteen Beach Clear Blue Atlantic Ocean and white sandy beaches at Dog's Bay Port na Feadoige, on the Wild Atlantic Way, near Roundstone, Galway, Ireland.
Picture by Don MacMonagle Image courtesy Ireland's Content Pool

Discover the Stunning Beaches of Gurteen Bay and Dog's Bay in Connemara

If you're searching for beautiful beaches in Ireland, look no further than Gurteen Bay and Dog's Bay in Connemara. Just two miles from Roundstone, Co Galway, these two beaches are a must-visit for any traveler to Ireland.

Gurteen Beach is the larger of the two and is perfect for swimming and other water-based activities such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. Its crystal-clear waters are naturally protected by the headland to the south, making it a popular spot for families and holidaymakers in the summer. The beach is also great for collecting sea shells and taking leisurely walks.

Dog's Bay, located just behind Gurteen Beach, is known for its unique and stunning landscape. The two beaches were formed by a sand spit and tombolo which now separates the bays. The area has international importance for its rare and interesting ecological, geological, and archaeological features. The sand on Gurteen Beach is particularly interesting as it was formed from fragments of seashells of tiny sea creatures known as foraminifera, giving it a pure white color.

Aside from the stunning beaches, visitors can also explore the surrounding countryside with uncompromising views of Errisbeg. Take a hike up to the summit of the hill for panoramic views of the bays and the surrounding landscape.

If you're looking for things to do nearby, why not visit the charming village of Roundstone? With its quaint shops, restaurants, and pubs, it's a great place to spend an afternoon or evening. You can also take a scenic drive along the Wild Atlantic Way to the nearby town of Clifden, known for its vibrant arts scene and colorful buildings.

In conclusion, if you're looking for a beautiful and unique destination to visit in Ireland, make sure to add Gurteen Bay and Dog's Bay to your list. With their stunning beaches and fascinating ecological and geological features, they are truly a gem in the heart of Connemara.