Salthill is very near to where I live so I visit most days. The Prome is a lovely walk. You can do as much or as little of it as you wish. It is divided into different sections known as the Old Prome and then the New Prome and the latter portion is called Grattan Prome.
The Old Prome is the most popular walk and takes you back to the Diving Board at Blackrock. This is a popular spot for swimming - many people swim here year round. It is a mixed bathing area. No changing rooms or any luxury. There are some public toilets - charge does apply. A small raft is placed in this bay area but just for the summer months. Life Guards are on duty but only in the tourist season.
The one thing you have to do at the Blackrock end of the Prome is kick the wall. This is a Galway tradition. No one knows where it originated from but it is fun. You will notice a plaque on the wall informing you of this tradition. Behind this wall you can see some donkeys that roam freely in the field.
If you wish to walk a quieter part of the prome head down to the diving board area and then walk out along the path that takes you along by Galway Golf Club. You will actually walk along by the greens. You have lovely sea views, you might even see the swans on the water features on the Golf Course. You can follow this walk down to its end ( at the Caravan Park). You will also be close to the driving range if that is you thing. This walk is super in the Winter time as you get to battle the Altantic winds. In the summer you can even see the Aran Islands on a clear day. Also you will have good views of the Clare Hills. Locals believe if you can see clearly the Clare Hills it is a bad omen weather wise!!!
Blackrock is also thee place to watch the sun set on Galway Bay. You all know the song I am sure!!?? Do remember the best time to see the super sun set is Winter time. If you are into photography you will get some super sunset shots at this destination.
Summer in Salthill is busy and a bit brash. This year we have had super weather and the beaches have been filled so again parking can be difficult. There is ample free parking along the length of the prome and it is safe.
There are plenty of restaruants in the areas. Serving Italian ,Chinese and many other food types. There are many that are family friendly. Amusements centres exist also and Bingo is a big attraction on certain nights. There is also a large swimming pool called Leisureland ( charge applies) and an Aquarium ( charge). salthill can be noisy late in the evening.
If you walk on the New Prome at the end of it you can see Galway's Old Lighthouse. There is now a causeway leading out to it, but the lighthouse itself cannot be visited. There is actually a water treatment plant out on this island. This causeway does give you different views of Salthill and allows you to look over to Oranmore and back to the Old part of Galway City. Do bring the camera. If you wish you can walk in by an area know as Frenchville and that will bring you to the Claddagh ( home of the famous ring) and to the Claddagh Basin where the swans gather. You can bring bread and feed them ( brown only)!!! They are tame and know visitors feed them Watch out for the seagulls. From there you can continue on and reach the Spanish Arch and the Latin Quarter of Galway.
The Prome is a must if you visit Galway. It is level and not a difficult walk. It rains alot in Galway so do bring a coat and an umbrella. Kids will love the sandy beach nearby weather permitting. There are many hotels and Bed and Breakfasts in the areas. Do book in advance and avoid major busy periods such as the Races - end of July/ early August and the Arts Festival mid July.
If you visit enjoy and take in the fresh Atlantic air. Walking the Prome is free and a great way to clear the head. Happy Visiting!!
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