Although not so well known for its coastline, Ireland has lush beaches that are worth visiting. For those who are beach lovers, Ireland offers a wide range, from well-known beaches, like some secluded ones. It has beaches for all tastes, the choice can become difficult, after all, there are more than 3,000km of coastline, so we will help you, below are some options of the best beaches in Ireland:
Keem Beach, Co. Mayo
This is a hidden beach, access is only by a road that winds over the mountain. The view from the place is simply incredible, with crystal clear waters it is ideal for divers. The beautiful beach is flanked by grassy slopes and the bay is protected on both sides by cliffs, which support a wide variety of plants and wildlife.
Skerries is an Irish beach resort that is an hour from Dublin. The resort has playgrounds, natural pools and water sports, all with views of the Rockabill lighthouse. The Rockabill lighthouse is far away, a beautiful port with great pubs and restaurants.
Barleycove, County Cork
Surrounded by dunes and stretches of sand, the landscape is simply wonderful. It is west of Cork, approximately two hours from the city. For those who like to take a walk outdoors, the site has almost 4 kilometers of sheep fields to the ruins of Three Castle Head.
Dog’s Bay, Co Galway
Dog’s Bay is known for its incredible stretch of white sand, made entirely of shell fragments. The shape of this beach is in the shape of a horseshoe, ideal for swimming and water sports. It is located a seven-minute drive from Roundstone.
Murder Hole Beach, Donegal
Until a few years ago this was one of the lesser known beaches in Ireland, the beach is hidden from rock formations. To get to the beach you have to cross a field, it is a great option for those who like to hike. It has cliffs, hills, dunes and small caves. When the tide is high, there are two beaches, which merge into one when it is low. It is located on the Melmore Head Peninsula next to Downings in County Donegal.
Killiney Beach, Co. Dublin
This beach doesn’t have as much sand as the others, it usually has more rocks. You can swim in the bay, climb the Killiney hill and enjoy the beautiful view, at its peak you can see Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains in the distance. Located south of Dublin, you can even take a train from the city center to make the ride more fun.
Easkey, Co. Sligo
This beach is for those who like to surf, it always has good waves and offshore winds, it is the headquarters of the Irish Surfing Association. It is recommended for more experienced surfers. And a special tip, on the main street of the village is the McGowan’s pub, for those who like to have a beer before falling into the sea.
Kilkee, County Clare
In addition to a wonderful half moon beach, it offers climbing, sailing and hiking options. The place has natural pools, and Pollock holes to jump, on the west end of the headland.
Inch Beach, Co Kerry
Known for recording two famous films “Ryans Daughter” and “Playboy of the Western World”. It is a beautiful beach with 5km sand, being an excellent place to swim, surf, walk or even be in contact with nature. Located 11 minutes by car from Annascaul.
Lahinch Beach, County Clare
A small tourist town, where you can go to the beach and explore the village. The horseshoe shape results in waves for those who like surfing. It’s also normal to find kayakers, sailors, swimmers and divers on the spot. In the place it is possible to rent boats, play golf and several other tourist activities that the village offers.