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Bóthar na Trá
Suburb of Galway
Salthill and Galway Bay
Salthill and Galway Bay
Salthill is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: Coordinates: 53°15′39.6″N 9°04′30.2″W / 53.261000°N 9.075056°W / 53.261000; -9.075056
CountyCounty Galway
City CouncilGalway
5 m (16 ft)
 • Urban
Irish Grid ReferenceM275248

Salthill (Irish: Bóthar na Trá) is a seaside area in the City of Galway in the west of Ireland. Lying within the townland of Lenaboy (an Léana Buí), it attracts many tourists all year round. There is a 2 km long promenade, locally known as the Prom, overlooking Galway Bay with bars, restaurants and hotels.

Tourism and events[edit]

Galway Bay from the Promenade, Salthill

Salthill was, until 2007, home to one of the biggest non-fee paying air shows in Galway, the Salthill Air Show, which took place in June over Galway Bay. The show annually attracted over 100,000 people and generated over €1m in revenue.[2]

The 1970s saw the introduction of a number of casinos and more leisure centres.

Salthill was a centre point for the 2008–09 Volvo Ocean Race, as well as the Round-Ireland Powerboat race in 2010.

Every Christmas Day for many years it has been a tradition to jump into the sea from Blackrock Diving Tower. This record-breaking event is now a fundraiser for local charity in Galway.



  • Salthill railway station opened on 1 October 1879 and closed for passenger traffic in January 1918.[5] The nearest station is Galway.
  • Currently there is one city bus service: Bus Éireann's route 401, which runs to Eyre Square only at a 20-minute frequency from 7am to 7pm Monday-Saturday and 40-minute at other times. That same operator also runs the regional buses 416 and 424 from the Bus Station into Connemara which pass via Salthill.
Until December 2012, City Direct Galway ran route 413 from Eyre Square via Salthill to Knocknacarra, which carried the number 36 before City Direct's service renumbering and remapping in July 2012.[citation needed]

Popular culture[edit]

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  1. ^ Cunningham, Enda (17 April 2017). "Galway City's population is just below 80,000". Connacht Tribune. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  2. ^ RTÉ News, 2007-07-04, Huge crowds at Galway air show.
  3. ^ "GAA | Latest Gaelic Games News, Results & Fixtures | RTÉ Sport". Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Football's comin' home — compromise reached as Galway FC applies to league". Galway Advertiser. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Salthill station" (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways. Retrieved 24 November 2007.