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Salthill - Bóthar na Trá

Only a short walk from The Ardilaun Hotel

It’s hard to beat Salthill’s location. Situated on the northern inner shore of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands are visible to the right and Galway City 'The City of the Tribes’ to the left. Directly across Galway Bay is the Burren (County Clare) and to the west are the bogs and mountains of Connemara. On a clear day you feel as though you could reach out across the bay and touch the Clare hills though there are also many days when you can’t see them at all. There’s an old expression which goes, 'when you see Aran and the Clare hills it’s a sign of rain and when you can’t see them, it’s actually raining!

The Irish for Salthill is ‘Bóthar na Trá’, which literally means ‘the road by the sea’. The main road west to Connemara was ‘An Bóthar Ard’ (‘the high road’) or Taylor’s Hill as it is known today. Two hundred years ago, the Salthill area was mostly agricultural land around a small village occupied mostly by fishermen. The road west was bounded on the right by a high landlord’s wall, from the 237 acre O’Hara estate, while further along the coast was the 100 acre estate of Lord Oranmore and Browne.

Salthill continues to grow and develop. The changes have seen the area grow from a small fishing village into a thriving, bustling, busy modern resort.

Salthill is the ideal location for family breaks in Galway whatever the weather. Home to long sandy beaches, amusement centres for all ages and Galway Atlantaquaria - National Aquarium of Ireland there is something for all ages.

For your Salthill Hotel Break choose The Ardilaun Hotel.