County Galway is widely known for the beauty of its landscapes. Galway is home to some of the most complex geo-diversity in the country leading to many significant geological sites located around the county.
These sites are important for both locals and tourists to gain a full appreciation of the heritage and splendour that County Galway has to offer.
Created by Galway County Council using content provided by Geological Survey Ireland this interactive guide outlines the 134 most important geological heritage sites as defined by by the Irish Geological Heritage Programme (IGH) of the Geological Survey Ireland.
The audit of County Geological Sites of County Galway was completed in 2019. The audit was carried out by Robert Meehan, Vincent Gallagher, Ronan Hennessy, Matthew Parkes, and Sarah Gatley. The Galway Geological Heritage Project was supported by Geological Survey Ireland, Galway County Council and The Heritage Council. The resulting report is a contribution to the County Galway Heritage and Biodiversity Plan 2017-2022.
All 134 site locations can be seen in the interactive map below. Click on the link below and then click on each site location for further details. Further down the page, a guided map tour of the geological sites in each municipal district is provided, alongside photos of the site and a short paragraph describing the importance of the site.