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Dogs Bay Beach is a spectacular horseshoe-shaped beach in Galway, Ireland, that left an impression on me. The water is jewel blue and has gently rippling waves. I have been to Dogs Bay Beach 3-4 times before as I cannot simply skip exploring it whenever I visit Connemara.

Is there anything more relaxing than a stroll down the Dogs Bay Beach? 

Trust me my friend, Dogs Bay Beach is so neat and clean and its pure white colour sand makes it a unique beach compared to other beaches in Ireland.

beautiful dogs bay beach

It is one of the best places to visit in summer and beat that heat. The peaceful atmosphere and unspoiled natural beauty make Dogs Bay Beach an ideal location for a leisurely day by the sea.

Dogs Bay Beach is also well sheltered from currents, making it an excellent and safe swimming destination, as well as a popular spot for water activities, such as windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Things you need to know before visiting Dogs Bay Beach


Dogs Bay Beach is a spectacular beach located near Roundstone in Connemara, County Galway, on the west coast of Ireland. The beach is approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) from the charming village of Roundstone and is easily accessible by car, with parking facilities available for you.

Note: If you’re planning an entire day trip to the beach, then do take your snacks with you as there’s not even one shop at the beach for some fresh food, or the other option is that you’ll have to go to Roundstone village to get something to eat.


Dogs Bay Beach is an excellent swimming destination in Ireland, offering you a unique and safe swimming experience.

Although the beach is well sheltered from strong currents, like any beach, it’s advised to take precautions and not venture too far if you are not a confident swimmer.


Parking at Dogs Bay Beach is limited, best to plan your visit in the off-peak season.

There is a larger parking area at Gurteen Bay, which is easier to access and maybe a more practical option for you.

Personal Experience

Drone shot of dogs bay beach

I first visited Dogs Bay Beach in 2020, while exploring Connemara, we discovered this beach and decided to visit it, it was the aerial shot on Instagram that caught our attention.

It was surprising for us to find such a clean and turquoise beach with very little crowd.

The turquoise blue water travel pictures that we save in your Pinterest boards, well, that is precisely what you’ll get to see here.

I would suggest you take a good camera with you to click some terrific pictures for your Instagram feed. 

We also took our speakers with us and played some of our favourite songs and had a very chill and relaxing time. Trust me, the time you spend here will be so peaceful that you won’t want to go back to your home.

Have a great pizza in Roundstone


There are several great dining options for you near Dogs Bay Beach, offering a variety of cuisines, including pizza. Roundstone is a small town and the closest place near Dogs Bay Beach that offers you great pizzas.

O’Dowd’s Seafood Bar and Restaurant is an excellent place to stop for a meal, and they are known for their delicious seafood as well as their tasty pizza dishes. I’m sure you’ll have a great experience there.

Vaughans Restaurant is a great option near the beach, offering you a diverse menu that includes pizza along with other dishes.

The Bogbean Cafe is a cosy cafe that serves you a range of dishes, including pizza and is a perfect spot to relax after a day at the beach.

Frequently asked questions about visiting Dogs Bay in Galway

How To Get To Dogs Bay?

It is situated two miles away from Roundstone, Co Galway, on the road to Clifden. You can rent a car and enjoy the wonderful ride to the beach at your convenience.

What Is The Best Time To Visit Dogs Bay?

Though you can enjoy this gorgeous site at any time of the year except for cold rainy days, I would say that summer is the best time to visit Dogs Bays.

Is it easy to get parking at Dog’s Bay Beach?

You can park alongside the road near the beach since there’s no designated car parking lot at the beach. So, either you can go early or during the off-season.

Is It Safe To Swim In Dogs Bay?

I couldn’t find any warning boards whenever I visited the place. We did notice a couple of swimmers already. Please be mindful and do not risk if you are not a confident swimmer.

Are dogs allowed on Dogs Bay Beach?

Yes, dogs are allowed on Dogs Bay Beach. I spotted a few pets on the beach already and didn’t notice any specific policies against bringing dogs to the beach.


Overall, the time that my friends and I spent at Dogs Bay Beach was amazing, and I hope that you also will have a great time there.

Check out my blog to read about things to do in Connemara and Galway; I’m sure that the pictures would make you want to extend your trip and explore a bit more of Ireland.


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