Swimming and smoked salmon -if you like some freshly smoked fish after your dip then you should head for Bunowen Bay.
This is a small but attractive curved beach nestling in the bay and with the nearby pier giving added shelter. The water, as in most of Connemara, is clear and beautifully fresh. It’s nice and sandy underfoot as you wade in. However, you are out of your depth fairly quickly, so be careful.
There are just a few places to park near the beach but it is accessible. If you have to you can drive up to the harbor and find parking there.
And after you finish your swim you can wander up to the nearby smokehouse and buy some well earned smoked fish for your lunch.
From Clifden take the R341 to Ballyconnelly. At the village take the right fork signposted for Connemara golf club and the smokehouse. Keep on this road until you arrive at the beach. The smokehouse is up beside the harbour at the end of the road.
Ordnance Survey Map No.44