Here’s Martin’s guest post about some beautiful swims on his recent visit to Galway:
We were driving west out of Galway along the promenade at Salthill, dreaming of an Atlantic dip, when we spotted a fantastic diving tower. Slamming on the brakes, we parked and jumped out of the car into the glorious sunny morning. It’s the luck of the draw what weather you get in Ireland (as in Argyll), but we had hit upon a week of warm sunshine. As we rounded the corner into the changing area of lemon and orange paintwork there was an immediate sense of camaraderie amongst a group of oldies, who obviously meet and swim and chat here every day. And today was a day to linger in the shelter that faced the sun and the 1950s art deco diving tower. But it wasn’t just old regulars here: there was a steady stream of young guys, older guys and gals, and even a couple of tourists, keen to sample the waters of Galway Bay.
The following day, the waters beckoned again. This time at the sandy stretch of Renvyle beach, surrounded by high hills and again bathed in bright sunshine, which threw light across the top of the surf, making it sparkle and glisten.