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An Spidéal, or (Spiddal as it is commonly known) is a pretty seaside village set in the Gaeltacht district and the setting for the TG4 soap, Ros na Rún. The village bustles each summer with students attending Irish language courses and visitors browsing the nearby collection of craft workshops. Its charming Gothic church, pierside setting, sandy beach and spectacular sunset and Burren views are some more of Spiddal attractions. Spiddal is located 18km from Galway city, on the Connemara coast.


Located just 18km from Galway city, Spiddal is one of the first of the Gaeltacht seaside villages found on the R336 as this coast road winds through Connemara. Spiddal enjoys idyllic sea views, particularly when sunset lights up the Burren hills on the opposite shore of Galway Bay.

The Spiddal streetscapes and background scenery will also be familiar to viewers of the Irish television channel, TG4’s soap drama Ros na Rún. Among the charming restaurants, traditional pubs and shops found in Spiddal is a collection of craft workshops, where visitors can browse the work of local artisans.

More Spiddal landmarks include the magnificent Gothic church, completed in 1901 and the stone piers where fishing boats and pleasure craft tie up. Families will particularly enjoy Spiddal’s sandy beach and picnic area and each summer, Spiddal attracts dozens of young students keen to learn the Irish language.

Bus Eireann currently include a Spiddal stop on their Galway to Carraroe service (#424).

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