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Spiddal is a stronghold of Irish culture located 20km west of Galway City where the residents speak both Irish and English. Best known for the Irish college Colaiste Chonnacht, it is believed to be named after a hospital (ospidéal) that stood in the village centuries ago.
The Spiddal Currach & Hooker Regatta takes place on the shores of Spiddal on the June bank holiday weekend. With Galway hooker racing on Saturday and currach racing on Sunday, other events include family-friendly bouncy castles, a tug-of-war on the beach, and traditional Irish music played on the pier and in the local public pubs.
Watch skilled artisans at work and buy their creations afterward at the Spiddal Craft Centre (An Ceardlann Spiddal). Workshops focus on crafts including candle making, leather work, pottery, screen-printing, weaving, Celtic jewellery, bodhran making, and wood-turning.
An Ceardlann Spiddal Craft and Design Studios has been hosting an annual Féile na Ceardlainne (festival of craft) since 2011. This free festival of art, craft, music and dance showcasing the cream of Irish craft and design takes place over two days in May at the Spiddal Craft Centre (Ceardlann). eardlann’s members have programmed free open day workshops for people of all ages to try their hand at craft.
Tra na mBan in Spiddal is one of Galway’s six Blue Flag beaches. This rural beach is easily accessible near Shannagarraun wood, which is a Special Area of Conservation. The wood is dominated by oak, hazel, holly, and birch, with a ground layer of ferns, mosses and lichens.
Launched in 2012, Traiphicnic is a lively programme of music, dance, wildlife events, exhibitions and fun on the first weekend in July. Highlights include music, sean-nos dancing, drumming workshops, puppet shows, wool-spinning, and walks. All events are bilingual and - apart from the workshops - all are free, although donations are gratefully accepted.
The long-running Irish soap opera, broadcast on TG4, is filmed in Spiddal. You can visit the fictional village, just a minute’s walk from the actual village of Spiddal, and see the set.
You can learn how to windsurf at Rusheen Bay Windsurfing, about 9km from Spiddal. The enclosed bay is sheltered, making it perfect for novices. Other water sports available here include kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.
Boats are available for charter from Spiddal for fishing in the Galway Bay area. Pollock, ling, ballan wrasse, cuckoo wrasse, haddock, cod, conger eel, and mackerel are among the species you may expect to catch.
Experience Connemara on a scenic drive that takes in all the main attractions of this region of Co. Galway. The sequence is Spiddal, Moycullen, Oughterard, Maam Cross, Maum, Leenane, Letterfrack, Clifden, Recess, Maam Cross, Screeb, Casla, Indreabhán, and Spiddal, but you can do it in reverse if you wish. Many people prefer the view of Galway bay and the Burren enroute from Maam Cross to Casla, however.
Explore the magnificent Connemara countryside on horseback and gain a unique perspective on this magical landscape. You can choose from several horse riding schools in the area including Moycullen Riding Centre, Rusheen Riding School, and Spiddal Riding School.
0.2km from Spiddal
This pretty, 4-star Failte Ireland-approved bungalow is located in Spiddal, County Galway, and stands proudly on its own landscaped grounds. There are three comfortable bedrooms, two of which are ensuite, and all of which have televisions. There is a third, main bathroom, a modern kitchen with dining area, and a delightful sitting room
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1.2km from Spiddal
This beautiful property is set in attractive grounds overlooking the picturesque Spiddal Harbour and Galway Bay.
Suitable for families, the two-storey house contains four delightful bedrooms and can sleep 7. It has a bath with shower, a charming kitchen, and a relaxing sitting room.
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5.2km from Spiddal
This attractive holiday home is located in Inverin in County Galway on the scenic Coast Road. A delightful bungalow with three cosy bedrooms, it is very comfortably heated with oil-fired central heating. After enjoying a day's touring the area, come back to a relaxing sunroom where you can unwind with friends and relatives.
2.2km from Spiddal
Enjoy elegant surroundings in Spiddal, part of the Gaeltacht area of County Galway. This holiday home is just 2km from the charming little holiday resort, and it offers exceptional comfort in each of the four delightful bedrooms. One of the bedrooms has a splendid balcony overlooking tranquil Galway Bay. There is also a balcony.
8.4km from Spiddal
This delightful, modern chalet nestles in Inverin, in the heart of Connemara. The home features 2 bedrooms (one double, one triple with a double/single bunk-bed), sitting/dining/kitchen area, and a shower room.
1.8km from Spiddal
This unique cottage is located in the panoramic village of Spiddal, 19 km from Galway City. The house is situated in a tranquil country setting on Spiddal's doorstep, with a wonderful sandy beach just a stone's throw away. You will be greeted by a free welcome basket on arrival.
With a stunning coastal location overlooking Galway Bay, these holiday homes offer an excellent standard of accommodation just outside the County Galway village of Spiddal.
The holiday home development, which consists of 23 traditional style holiday cottages and 4 apartments, is set on a large landscaped site.
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