The 10 Best Things to Do in Spiddal, Ireland

February 26, 2018 Emerita Lamoureux

Spiddal (Irish: An Spidéal, meaning "the hospital", Irish pronunciation: [ənˠ ˈsˠpʲɪdʲeːlˠ]) is a Gaeltacht village on the shore of Galway Bay in County Galway, Ireland. It is 18 km west of Galway city, on the R336 road. An Spidéal is on the eastern side of the county's Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) and of the Connemara region. It is a tourist centre with a scenic beach, harbour, and shore fishing.
Restaurants in Spiddal

1. Standun Spiddal

Connemara Coast Road | Co Galway, Spiddal, Ireland +353 91 553 115
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5 based on 112 reviews

Standun Spiddal

Standún is a unique family-run store, situated in a traditional Connemara setting in the west of Ireland. The store is in its 3rd Generation and has been in operation for over 60 years. There is a huge variety of Aran Sweaters, Irish products, Menswear, Ladies fashion, children's clothing, Irish and International gifts and homeware and a cafe with home baking.

Reviewed By MLS-SGOE - Enfield, Connecticut

We stopped here on a self-driving tour mostly because they offered coffee and were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed the store. We shopped enthusiastically and, as our purchased were numerous, we arranged to have our things shipped home. They arrived well packed, intact and sooner than promised.

2. Moycullen Riding Centre

Poulnaclough | Moycullen, Gawlay, Moycullen NA, Ireland +353 87 204 3944
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5 based on 136 reviews

Moycullen Riding Centre

Moycullen Riding Centre is situated near Galway city, in the magnificent surroundings of the Connemara countryside. They offer one and two hour treks along bog roads and across Mountains. Or why not try their beach ride on Rushing Bay off Galway Bay. Private and group lessons for beginners also available with qualified B.H.S.A.I instructor.

Reviewed By Kyja K

If you’re looking for an activity suitable for all ages and levels look no further. Tom, the owner, took us on an amazing ride through the beautiful Irish countryside. He was attentive and kind. If you’re in Galway, definitely add this to your to-do list.

3. Mountain View Horse Riding Centre

Poulnagun, Lisdoonvarna, Ireland +353 85 845 2300
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5 based on 291 reviews

Mountain View Horse Riding Centre

Located just outside Doolin village on the outskirts of the Burren. Enjoy fantastic views of the magestic Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, Connemara Mountains and Galway Bay on horseback. Gallop along the beach on Ireland's west coast. Caters for everyone from beginner to advanced rider offering treks from 1 to 6 hours long.

Reviewed By kseebe00 - Port Jefferson, New York

I cannot say enough how incredible this experience was. My friend and I went on the 2 hour Trek and loved every minute of it. All the staff were so friendly and helpful and the horses were very well trained. The views were simply stunning and far exceeded our expectations. I've been on other horseback riding excursions but this one tops them all by far. Make time for this experience- you won't regret it!

4. Spiddal Craft & Design Studios

Ceardlann | An Spideal, Spiddal, Ireland +353 86 806 7352
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

Spiddal Craft & Design Studios

Ceardlann/Spiddal Craft & Design Studios is a small complex of craft workshops situated right on the coast of Galway Bay, with beautiful views of the Burren and the Aran Islands.Visitors get a chance to see some of Ireland's finest craft items being made right in front of their eyes. The crafts include Handweaving, Jewellery and Stained Glass making, Screenprinting, and various forms of art, Traditional Basket Weaving and a Photographic Studio. An Spailpin Fanach, the Irish Cultural shop, produces it's own unique designs in quality T-Shirts and Hoodies, as well as a wide range of books and music, representative of this Gaelic speaking area. The craft village also boasts one of the finest cafes in Ireland, An Builin Blasta. IIt certainly is well worth a visit.

Reviewed By Rebecca V

What a quaint and picturesque little place! We found this by accident and would recommend it to pass an hour away. With all the little shops offering a different type of handmade gift there is something for everyone. Because everything is handmade prices are expensive but you don't have to buy anything just go and see the wonderful talent from artists paintings to glassware, pottery and basket weaving. The only downside was the cafe, the carrot cake was dry and the cinnamon bun chewy and compared to every other place we have eaten on our travel was overpriced and bad quality. However those having meals around us the cooked food and toasted sandwiches looked lovely. There are little seats placed through the middle of the village giving a beautiful view and there was even a dog bowl for fluffy visitors. Would definitely recommend a visit.

5. Loughwell Farm Park

Loughwell, Moycullen, Co Galway, Moycullen, Ireland +353 91 868 631
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4.5 based on 238 reviews

Loughwell Farm Park

Reviewed By helendonavan76 - Athlone, Ireland

We are a family of 2 adults and three kids ages 9, 7 and 4. We went to Loughwell Farm Park during the last week of the summer holidays. The weather was very wet and miserable but we were pleasantly surprised by the array of indoor activities to allow for the Irish Weather. All the staff were very nice and friendly. We managed to get outside between the heavy showers and had fun on the go karts, the barrel train and the football area. The place is set in a real Connemara setting with some beautiful landscaping and views. The kids got to hold and cuddle some rabbits during one of the animal activities. We felt it was very reasonable and we enjoyed a good four hours in the park. All in all we had a wonderful day and we would highly recommend Loughwell Farm Park.

6. Clo Iar-Chonnacht Irish Music, Irish Books & Irish Publishing

R336 | Sailearna Business Park, Inverin, Ireland +353 593 307
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5 based on 1 reviews

Clo Iar-Chonnacht Irish Music, Irish Books & Irish Publishing

At the Clo Iar-Chonnacht book shop and music shop we specialise in Irish-language books and traditional Irish music. Come and browse our selection of books from books in Irish for children, Irish-English dictionaries, novels in Irish, books on local history and folklore, as well as traditional Irish music CDs. Our staff will be happy to help you to find the perfect book for you.

Reviewed By Anna N - Galway, Ireland

Take to the Music or enjoy a read this is a must on your travels as you get the richness of culture first hand :)

7. Galway Bay Fishing

Spiddal, Ireland
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4 based on 6 reviews

Galway Bay Fishing

Reviewed By Nuggs14 - Nenagh, Ireland

8/7/`13 with Darren Mitchell, West of Ireland. Walked around d coast and went down to get sum mussles and perry winkles, was in d water till i spotted jelly fish Ewwwww, 30degrees finaly proper summer in Ireland

8. Gannon's Traditional Irish Music Shop

Spiddal Holiday Homes, Spiddal, Ireland +353 91 452 012
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Gannon's Traditional Irish Music Shop

Traditional Irish music heaven! Stop by for a lesson on a traditional Irish instrument, information on local sessions/musicians, C.D.'s, instruments and much much more.

Reviewed By mungtrip - Saugus, Massachusetts

Only had a quick visit. Had a chat with Colm Gannon and then heard him play at the pub later that night. Great selection of traditional instruments and a steady stream of students coming in and out. Bought a couple of T-shirts, played a guitar for awhile, with accordion accompaniment, and made a point to stay longer next year and maybe get a few lessons. Run by a very nice couple, Colm and Kelly, who are also great musicians.

9. Geraldine O'Rourke

Spiddal Craft Village & Cafe, Ceardlann an Spidéil, Spiddal H91F6Ek, Ireland +353 91 504 840
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Geraldine O'Rourke

Reviewed By MGMcShane - Ireland

Geraldine O'Rourke's work is simply wonderful. Using mixed media of felt and ceramics in some of her earlier work gives depth and dimension to her pieces. And I am biased! I have four of them.

10. Glass Craft

Spiddal Craft Village | Unit 11/12 The Glass Studio, Spiddal H91 XPA8, Ireland +353 86 806 7352
Glass Craft

A unique shopping destination, where you can watch the glass artists working on their glass making, from stained glass lamps to candle holders, something for everyone

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