The landscape is mountainous - the Twelve Bens
The Twelve Bens
This illustration shows the name and location of each of the Twelve Bens.
Courtesy of Simon Stewart
Blanket Bog in Connemara
Lowland blanket bog in Connemara. The Twelve Bens (the Twelve Pins) can be seen in the background.
East of Lough Corrib the landscape is mostly pastureland. In the south east of the county, on the border with Clare, the Slieve Aughty mountains dominate. While the west is dotted with lakes there are few large lakes in the east. Lough Cutra, near Gort, and the lake at Loughrea are tow of the largest lakes in the east of the county.
The Shannon bounds the county on the east for about forty miles. Its tributary, the Suck, flows through Ballinasloe. The short Corrib River connects Lough Corrib to the sea.
Galway's indented coastline
The Galway coastline is highly indented with bays, inlets, peninsulas, islands and headlands. There are also numerous small sandy beaches.
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Killary Harbour forms a partial border between Galway and Mayo. It is Ireland's only fjord. It is sixteen km long and over 45 metres deep in some parts.