Top 5 adventure activities to do in Galway

Windsurfing

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Galway is one of the most phenomenal locations in Ireland for Windsurfing for enthusiasts of all ages and levels of experience. There are numerous suitable beaches from Salthill all the way to Dogs Bay/ Gurteen in Connemara which offer sheltered waters to enjoy. The most popular area only 5 minutes from the city centre is Rusheen Bay. The enclosed bay with calm shallow waters and prevailing cross-onshore winds is ideal for beginners. You can hire all the equipment you need onsite, year round.
Rusheen Bay Windsurfing School
Address: Rusheen Bay, Barna Road, Galway, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)87 2605702
Web: www.rusheenbay.com 

Mountain Biking

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Derroura Mountain Bike Trail is considered to be the most natural bike trail in Ireland with the most variable terrain.  Situated in Connemara about 6km beyond the town of Oughterard in un-spoilt countryside, the trail is just over 16kms long. It winds through deep forest and has a number of long climbs and exhilarating descents. At the halfway point in following a steep ascent you can enjoy fabulous views of Lough Corrib and west towards Maam valley and westwards to the Twelve Pins. Give yourself about 1 ½ hours to complete the loop. You have two options if choosing to so this bike trail, Citylink can drop you off at Oughterard or Maam Cross, both within a stones throw of this trail location.

Derroura Mountain Bike Hire
Address: Letterfore, Recess, Co Galway
Tel: +353 (0)87 2273144
Web: www.derrouramountainbikehire.com

Diving

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The waters in Galway Bay are clean with great visibility which makes for safe diving for those with all levels of experience. Galway has endless amounts of inlets along its rugged coastline with glorious reefs to explore. The nutrient rich Gulf Stream ensures an abundance of marine life to see. The most popular diving locations are in Connemara at Carraroe (opposite the harbour) and at Trá An Doilín (The Coral Beach). Killary Harbour is also a very popular diving spot due to the extensive variety of marine life and some very large conger eels! If opting to go to Renvyle, you would be best advised going on either the 08:30 Hrs Citylink service from Galway to Letterfrack for the early bird or the 17:30 Hrs Citylink service if choosing to stay overnight. There are a number of B&B’s to choose from within close proximity of Letterfrack. For additional information you can visit the timetables section on our website.

Scuba Dive West
Address: Renvyle, Co. Galway
Tel: +353 (0)95 43922
Web: www.scubadivewest.com

Kayaking

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Galway is a popular location for kayaking enthusiasts as there are a number of different kayaking options to choose from. With the River Corrib flowing through the city and a network of canals throughout the town you have the opportunity to explore the city in a unique way.  Sea Kayaking on Galway Bay is also a great option for visitors as you can kayak past the stone walls and old fishing boats of Galway docks and explore Rabbit and Hare Island, Oranmore Bay, Mutton Island Lighthouse while taking in the fantastic views of the Burren, Galway City and Salthill, before you return to join the busy city of Galway once more.

Kayakmór Tours
Tel: +353 (0)93 36097
Web: www.kayakmor.ie

Give It A Go Sea Kayaking
Tel: +353 (0)87 1914911
Web: www.giveitago.ie

Real Adventures
Address: Clifden, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0) 86 85 1462526
Web: www.realadventures.ie

Surfing

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Whether you’re standing up for the first time, experiencing that tube ride of a lifetime or just sharing some ocean time with friends – nothing beats the good vibes, good stories and above all, great memories of the surfing life!

Try surfing and learn how to ride your first waves or improve the basics in the ideal setting along the Wild Atlantic Way. Ballyconneely is the peninsula, jutting into the Atlantic between Clifden, Co Galway to the north and Roundstone to the south, it contains some of the most tranquil, unspoilt and interesting beaches and countryside to be found anywhere in the country.

Real Adventures
Address: Clifden, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0) 86 85 1462526
Web: www.realadventures.ie

If you have any further queries in relation to our timetables or to explore any of these adventurous locations via Citylink, you can contact us on 091 564164 or e-mail us on info@citylink.ie