A Salthill Summer:
Written by Pete Kelly
Salthill in Galway is a new and exciting discovery as the perfect holiday destination for many families who stayed in Ireland over the past two years. Undeniably, this is no surprise to the many who regularly visit the west’s favourite resort. Right now, the village Salthill is gearing up to welcome back both newbies and the regulars this summer. With this in mind, there is an amazing package of options for everyone, from the very small to the young at heart.
The Perfect Location:
Salthill has its own unique character. Ideally located next door to the bustling centre of Galway city, it is the perfect launching pad for tours of the wonders of Connemara to the west. As well as this, there is a friendly atmosphere that people love to return to year after year. Not only that, but it’s the ideal stopping off point, too, along the Wild Atlantic Way. Whether exploring a section of the now famous route or travelling the full distance from south to north, Salthill is the place to take a breath and enjoy the sandy shores.
Of course, outdoors in Salthill is where it really comes into its own. Here, you can enjoy breathtaking views of Galway bay stretching over to the Burren and the Aran Islands. It’s a nirvana for those who enjoy walking. With one of the best seaside promenades in the country, it extends for miles all the way into Galway city centre.
Top Five Attractions:
With so much to savour, here are our top five things to do when visiting Salthill in Galway this summer:
1: Curry’s Funpark:
At number one it has to be Curry’s Funpark. In essence, this is the highlight for many of the young, and not so young visitors. With its breathtaking rides and fun games, not to mention the towering Big Wheel, it’s an attraction that always brings a smile. What is more, is that wheel is so big, they say you could almost see America from the top if your sight was good enough!
2: The Craic at Leisureland:
Right next door is the world renowned Leisureland. Visiting this entertainments centre is a Galway tradition. Quite simply, this venue has stood the test of time. Boasting a 25-metre swimming pool along with a separate pool for the little ones, a 65-metre water slide and a Commando Run inflatable obstacle course, the modern day Leisureland remains a crowd pleaser to this day. There’s also a gym to keep up your fitness while you enjoy your break, an adventure golf course and coffee dock, for light refreshments.
3: Galway Atlantaquaria:
Other indoor options for when the sun takes a break behind the clouds include the Galway Atlantaquaria. This is Ireland’s largest native species aquarium with 70 exhibits over two floors. As a result, it’s guaranteed to amaze visitors of all ages. Take the chance to learn all about life under our waters. Discover the facts about native sharks, rays, crustaceans, as well as other unique species.
4: Seapoint Leisure Centre and the Salthill Omniplex:
Just up the road, Seapoint provides top quality indoor family entertainment. This Galway landmark has brought joy to locals and tourists alike since 1949. With a host of indoor attractions, it is the place to while away a Galway afternoon and has something for everyone. In the evening, why not sit back and relax in the comfortable surrounds of the Salthill Omniplex cinema. This plush cinema has state of the art comfort and technology to enjoy the latest blockbusters.
5: Top Cafés, Bars, Restaurants, Hotels and Shopping:
All that activity is sure to work up an appetite. Fortunately, Salthill offers a selection of the best cafés, restaurants and bars. As well as this, Salthill is home to top Galway hotels. As a result, there is a range of cuisines to suit every palate. Alongside the sea views of these amazing Galway’s hotels, there’s a growing number of other excellent accommodation options throughout the resort to suit any budget. Not only that, but there’s a wide range of friendly local shops to meet your every need. From groceries and health foods, to buckets-and-spades and beach balls, you can find it all in the village Salthill. One of the big pluses for visitors is the fact there is a huge amount of free parking spaces close to all of activity.
Check out www.salthill.com, for details of everything Salthill has to offer and contact information for each business.