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Bóthar na Trá
Suburb of Galway
Salthill is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°15′40″N 9°04′16″W / 53.261°N 9.071°W / 53.261; -9.071Coordinates: 53°15′40″N 9°04′16″W / 53.261°N 9.071°W / 53.261; -9.071
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Galway
City Council Galway
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Urban 3,376
Irish Grid Reference M275248

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. One of these hotels is the Galway Bay hotel.


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]

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.


Galway Bay from the Promenade, Salthill

The 1970s saw the introduction of a number of casinos and more leisure centres. There was an annual airshow (up until 2007) where up to 100,000 people viewed the air display along with a public water safety on Galway Bay and army demonstration.

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



  • Salthill railway station opened on 1 October 1879 and closed for passenger traffic in January 1918.[5]
  • 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]

Rail Access[edit]

The nearest station is Galway.

Popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census 2006 – Volume 1 – Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Central Statistics Office Census 2006 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland. April 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  2. ^ RTÉ News, 2007-07-04, Huge crowds at Galway air show.
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  4. ^ Football's comin' home — compromise reached as Galway FC applies to league
  5. ^ "Salthill station" (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways. Retrieved 24 November 2007.