Gurteen is a very nice mix of a couple of smaller beaches and one longer one. So, if you want somewhere protected you can head for the smaller ones either side of the car park, and if you want somewhere more isolated, where you can stretch your legs, then the bigger one is for you.
The usual Connemara beach rules apply – the sand is glistening white, the water is clear and turquoise blue. Boring, we know, but true. All in all a lovely swimming, sunbathing and walking spot. Do take note of the warning sign about the danger of paddling in the inlet stream
From Clifden take the R341 and the beach is signposted to the right after the turn for Dogs Bay but before you reach Roundstone.
There is a decent sized car park. The beach to the left requires you to make a small scramble down the grass. The one to the right has steps which lead you onto the sand. You could lift a buggy down onto this one but neither is wheelchair accessible.
Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 44