Salthill Map and Tourist Information
HISTORY OF SALTHILL
At the beginning of the century, Salthill was cut off from Galway by farmland. However the coming of the railway to Galway brought increased prosperity and an influx of visitors. As a result
the town began to expand westwards towards Salthill. In 1860, the first hotel, the Eglinton Hotel was constructed in Salthill.
In 1855, Alexander Moon (the founder of Moons of Galway, now owned by the Brown Thomas Group) and a group of other
Galway businessmen erected the first diving board at Blackrock, near the western end of Salthill. Blackrock was a 'male only' swimming area until the 1950's. In the 50's, 60's and 70's, Salthill became an extremely popular resort. Seapoint Ballroom was
built in 1949, and this venue brought international and national acts to Salthill. Today, Salthill bordered by the longest promenade in Ireland is a prosperous suburb of Galway and it is still one of the most popular resorts in the country.
Trace your roots. The Galway genealogy service provides comprehensive information at their centre on the Tuam/Galway road.
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A broad spectrum of courses are available over the winter months at Gardenfield House, Tuam covering a full range of crafts and skills. Small groups, expert tuition and good fun!
The area known as the Corrib Country region is undoubtedly one of the prime fishing areas in the whole of Ireland. With thousands of acres of lakes and
miles of rivers, the waters have remained unpolluted with the restoration of stock taking place regularly.
Main Lakes: Lough Corrib, Lough Mask, Lough Inagh, Lough Achlaureen.
Main Rivers: Clare, Robe, Black, Grange, Abbert.
Course Fishing: Roach, Rudd, Bream, Perch, Tench, Eels, Pike.
Game Fishing: Salmon, Sea and Rainbow Trout
Cycling enthusiasts can choose from a variety
of scenic or heritage routes which uncovers some of the oldest sites in the region. Maps and routes available in the tourist office.
A cruise on Lough Corrib takes in the spectacular scenery and the incredible mountain range of Connemara while covering the beautiful coastline and many islands on Lough Corrib.
Enjoy tea and scones while visiting one of
our local open farms.
Discover the history, flora and fauna of our boglands on a turfcutting demonstration available from the end of February to June annually - Groups only
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Once a small seaside resort 3km west of Galway, Salthill is now an important suburb of this expanding city. While it may have lost some of its simple, rural charm, it has gained a wealth of
amenities in the process. The giant Leisureland complex, with its host of childrens entertainments, including an indoor heated swimming pool, proves very popular, especially when the weather isn't so kind. The golden half mile of casinos,
pubs and restaurants also play their part by day and discos and musical pubs rule the roost at night. Galway Bay and its lapping waters will always be the main attraction, however, and the visitor has a host of safe, sandy beaches from which to choose.
Swimming, sun-bathing, sail-boarding, snorkelling, sea angling and high board diving can be enjoyed here. For the less energetic, a stroll along Ireland's longest promenade is strongly recommended for the fresh Galway Bay sea air is a