- Kinvara - "The Head of the Sea", and gateway to the Burren in County Clare, is County Galway's only prominent sea village on the southern shores of Galway Bay.
- Situated at the head of Kinvara Bay, it once was a thriving port to which the necessities of life, such as turf fuel, were brought by the traditional Connemara sailing craft in the 19th century. This trade is recalled each Summer in Cruinniu na mBad, a sea festival organisd by the village, which sees the old boats compete in a host of exciting races and events.
- Dunguaire Castle guards this end of the bay, and is one of the most popular tourist spots in County Galway. Medieval-type banquets are held each summer in this old 16th century tower house, and recall the stirring times when the O'Heynes, O'Shaughnessy and Martin clans were lords of this impressively restored castle.
- To the west of the village stands the early 19th century church which contains restored paintings by Count de Basterot, a famous writer and traveller of the time.
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