Inspired by Julia Bradbury’s Irish Journey TV series, this is a lovely short walk in the coastal village of Spiddal on the Wild Atlantic Way in County Galway.
We’re starting our walk in the heart of the village where there is free parking overlooking the sea. From here we’re heading east, with the Galway Bay to our right, following the footpath that is accessible for wheelchairs and walkers alike.
As we reach the main road we’re crossing over and heading towards the Ceardlann Craft Village and Cafe.
Here you can take a wander through the independent shops all selling local crafts or pause for refreshments at the cafe (highly recommended returning here for your evening meal).
When you’re ready we’re heading back out onto the main road again and following the footpath west into the village centre. You’ll pass the church, one set of cross roads (where you turned down to park at the start of the walk), continuing straight on, past the hotel on your left. Keep walking on, over the bridge where you come to another crossroads. Here we turn left towards the coast. Walking down the road you come to Spiddal Pier.
You climb up the steep steps on to it, or just follow the path to the end and back, with fabulous views out across the bay. There’s also a little beach here that, if you feel inclined, is safe for a bracing sea swim. The path from here takes us back along the coast, over a bridge crossing Abhainn Bhoth Loiscthe as it joins the Atlantic Ocean and back to the car park where we started.