As you might surmise, this area is prime territory for sea fishing, especially for mackerel, pollock, cod, turbot, and shark. To find a boat-rental service in the area where you plan to stay, contact the Inland Fisheries Ireland, Teach Breac, Earl's Island, County Galway (tel. 091/563118; www.wrfb.ie), for recommendations. A fishing license costs around €36 per day or €50 for 3 weeks. Rental of rods and reels plus bait is likely to run another €35 to €50 per day.
Those who prefer trout fishing might want to check out the Crumlin Lodge Fisheries, Inverin, County Galway (tel. 091/593105). This fishery has a lake stocked with sea-reared rainbow trout and allows two fish per person to be taken per day. Prices range from around €16 to €50, depending on whether you fish from a bank or a boat; ghillies (guides) are available for approximately €40 extra. Fishing starts at 9am daily; reservations must be made at least a day in advance.
The Silver Strand at Barna and the beach at Spiddal are clean, sandy, and ideal for swimming.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.