The Best Beaches To Visit In Ireland
May 18, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry

We all love those rare days that the sun pokes its head out and gives the people of Ireland reason to walk around topless, eat 99s and drink cans in public places in such large numbers that the guards have no answer for it. And where better to do it than on one of the best beaches in Ireland.

We decided to dig into it and get a list of the best beaches around the country that you should consider visiting. Unlikely you’ll see them all considering we only get 8 sunny says each summer and we’ve listed 12 wonderful beaches to see. So lets get into it. Here is our list of the best 12 beaches in Ireland that you should visit this summer.

Spanish Point Beach, Clare

spanish point beach

The first beach on our list is a little spot in Miltown Malbay that has something for all kinds of beach goers. If you like to read, kick back on the sand and just take in some sun. If you’re one of the deep thinking sorts who just likes to have a look around the flowing water and waves without getting wet then there is a rock walkway that goes over 10 yards out into the sea. It’s also quite effective for the more adventurous folk who love nothing more than flying head first into the water. It can get quite busy but not on a winter day. (if you like your water very cold) You’ll be sure to find plenty of surfers and kite surfers enjoying the beach too. All in all this beach offers plenty of options.

Dollymount Strand, Dublin

dollymount-strand-dublin

The second beach on our list is Dollymount Strand, often affectionately referred to as the ‘Dollyer’ by Dubliners. Situated on the north coast of Dublin Bay in Clontarf, this beach has some incredible natural surroundings and a 5km stretch of sandy dunes. The beach itself is on an island which can be crossed by foot or car on the famous Bull Bridge and is a beautiful location to relax and watch the ships sail out or the flaming sunset go down.

This weekend, kite surfers from all across the country will flock to Dollymount Strand for the 11th annual Battle for the Bay event. Wind conditions at Dollymount are excellent and the beach itself is known to be one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world! Any extreme sports enthusiasts will enjoy the weekend which will also have activities for SUP riders, wakeboarders, land yacht sailors and volleyball players. The festival also has a beach market, featuring vintage clothes stalls, arts and crafts, jewellery and artisan food traders so there really is something here for everyone!

Whitestrand Beach, Kerry

Lough-Kay-White-Strand-Kerry-

Not to be mistaken with the beach of the same name in Co. Clare, this White Strand is close to Waterville in Kerry and is just off the Ring of Kerry. It’s a popular swimming spot and is located in one of the most scenic parts of the island making it a beach with a difference. With beautiful white sand, this beach is something special on a sunny day and definitely a beach worth visiting. If the day is clear you’ll be treated to fabulous views of Valentia Island and Begnis Island. The beach also forms part of the Valentia Harbour and Portmagee Channel Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and the Iveragh Peninsula Special Protection Area so be sure to treat it with respect. You’ll find plenty of people here relaxing, walking and swimming.

Tramore Beach, Donegal

Tramore Beach, Donegal

Next on our list of best beaches to visit in Ireland is a spot well known for its caravan and camping amenities, Tramore beach in Donegal (yes, Donegal, not Waterford) is also a hotspot for those with a penchant for water sports. If you’re looking foe some amazing kite surfing or fishing then you’ll find it around here. But, it’s also one of the more secluded beaches in Donegal. It’s not too hard on the eyes either and is the perfect beach to kick back and just enjoy some peace and quiet in the sunshine.

Whitestrand Beach, Clare

Whitestrand beach, ClareThis isolated little corner of Clare is also home to one of the county’s best little beaches and one you should make a special effort to visit. Unlike Spanish Point and Lahinch, you won’t find this one to be too overrun at the first ray of sunlight. A hidden gem in this particular beach is Kerin’s Hole. A natural plunge pool which can be found by walking along the cliff at the right hand side of the beach until you see the staircase leading down to it. Just remember to practice being responsible when swimming in the sea!

Velvet Strand Beach, Dublin

Velvet Strand Beach, Portmarnock

Another one for those of you frequenting the big shmoke. This little gem is a half hour from Dublin’s city centre and is one of the nicest spots on the East Coast for all your beach needs. The sand is soft underfoot, making it ideal for whatever games you play or for you Baywatch fans who can’t touch sand without a re-enactment. Portmarnock can be quite a popular spot on the hotter days but the views make it worthwhile.

Kinnagoe Bay, Donegal

Kinnagoe Bay, Donegal

The waves in beautiful Kinnagoe Bay on the Inishowen peninsula in Donegal are truly amazing. The stretch of sand along the seaside is backed by a steep grassy hill which makes for nice viewing or something for the Instagram addicts among us. There’s also a little bit for the historians to see in Kinnagoe Bay as it is well known as the location of the wreck of Armada ship La Trinidad Valencera. A plaque commemorating this is mounted nearby. It really is more like an opening scene from Home & Away. Again this is one of our most recommended beaches to visit in Ireland this summer. You won’t be disappointed.

Bettystown Beach, Meath

Bettystown beach, Co. Meath

Bettystown beach is another one that can be easily accessible from Dublin and is quite a popular one with the people of Meath also. It’s most famous for being the scene of where the Tara Brooch is claimed to have been found in 1850. A long stretch of sand going all the way into the Boyne, it’s a safe location for all your beach games and bathing.

Carnivan Beach, Wexford

Carnivan Beach, Wexford

Yes, this is a beach in Ireland… Wexford to be be precise. There aren’t too many places on the East Coast that can live up to the experience of the Wild Atlantic Way for surfers but this little spot, given the right wind conditions, is definitely up there. Hidden away in the Hook peninsula in Co. Wexford, even if surfing isn’t your cup of tea, it’s still worth a visit for the beautiful sight of the beach and its surrounds. Again this is very high up on our list of beaches to visit in Ireland this summer.

Murder Hole Beach, Donegal (Boyeeghter Strand)

Murder Hole Beach, Donegal (Boyeeghter Strand)

This is another one for the Instagrammers and photographers who hit the beach more for a quick picture or 300 for their various social media stories. The distinctive feature of this beach is a walkway, shown in the image. The nickname Murder Hole is believed to date back to a revenge killing made by Fionn Mac Cumhaill in Irish folklore.

Inchavore Beach, Wicklow

Inchavore Beach, Wicklow

Not your traditional beach on the coast. Inchavore beach is actually found on the edge of Lough Dan which is situated near Roundwood, Co. Wicklow. It can be quite a hard one to access but is well worth a look. The surrounding high ground also provides some exceptional overhead views of the beach and lake.

Curracloe Strand, Wexford

Curracloe Strand, Wexford

Last on our list of best beaches to visit in Ireland is one that is included for reasons that go beyond sea, sand and sun. The reason for including this one is because we all love a good movie and sometimes, when you sit and watch a really powerful movie, you feel a part of it. Well, with a visit to Ballinesker beach, you can feel even more a part of one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the nineties, Saving Private Ryan. The beach was used for scenes due to its similarity to the beaches in Normandy. Still a great sun and sand offering as well though.

There you have it, 12 of the very best beaches around our wonderful country. There are definitely some crackers in there so be sure to sample at least one this summer. Another perk of all these nice beaches is there is usually a really nice local to enjoy a pint in when it gets too dark to safely enjoy the water. So do your research and pick the best location to suit your needs.

Ryan Corry
Jack of all trades, master of none. Optimistic Sunday league footballer and occasional PRO. Claim To Fame – I once played Minor at the age of 20.

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The Best Beaches To Visit In Ireland
May 18, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry

We all love those rare days that the sun pokes its head out and gives the people of Ireland reason to walk around topless, eat 99s and drink cans in public places in such large numbers that the guards have no answer for it. And where better to do it than on one of the best beaches in Ireland.

We decided to dig into it and get a list of the best beaches around the country that you should consider visiting. Unlikely you’ll see them all considering we only get 8 sunny says each summer and we’ve listed 12 wonderful beaches to see. So lets get into it. Here is our list of the best 12 beaches in Ireland that you should visit this summer.

Spanish Point Beach, Clare

spanish point beach

The first beach on our list is a little spot in Miltown Malbay that has something for all kinds of beach goers. If you like to read, kick back on the sand and just take in some sun. If you’re one of the deep thinking sorts who just likes to have a look around the flowing water and waves without getting wet then there is a rock walkway that goes over 10 yards out into the sea. It’s also quite effective for the more adventurous folk who love nothing more than flying head first into the water. It can get quite busy but not on a winter day. (if you like your water very cold) You’ll be sure to find plenty of surfers and kite surfers enjoying the beach too. All in all this beach offers plenty of options.

Dollymount Strand, Dublin

dollymount-strand-dublin

The second beach on our list is Dollymount Strand, often affectionately referred to as the ‘Dollyer’ by Dubliners. Situated on the north coast of Dublin Bay in Clontarf, this beach has some incredible natural surroundings and a 5km stretch of sandy dunes. The beach itself is on an island which can be crossed by foot or car on the famous Bull Bridge and is a beautiful location to relax and watch the ships sail out or the flaming sunset go down.

This weekend, kite surfers from all across the country will flock to Dollymount Strand for the 11th annual Battle for the Bay event. Wind conditions at Dollymount are excellent and the beach itself is known to be one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world! Any extreme sports enthusiasts will enjoy the weekend which will also have activities for SUP riders, wakeboarders, land yacht sailors and volleyball players. The festival also has a beach market, featuring vintage clothes stalls, arts and crafts, jewellery and artisan food traders so there really is something here for everyone!

Whitestrand Beach, Kerry

Lough-Kay-White-Strand-Kerry-

Not to be mistaken with the beach of the same name in Co. Clare, this White Strand is close to Waterville in Kerry and is just off the Ring of Kerry. It’s a popular swimming spot and is located in one of the most scenic parts of the island making it a beach with a difference. With beautiful white sand, this beach is something special on a sunny day and definitely a beach worth visiting. If the day is clear you’ll be treated to fabulous views of Valentia Island and Begnis Island. The beach also forms part of the Valentia Harbour and Portmagee Channel Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and the Iveragh Peninsula Special Protection Area so be sure to treat it with respect. You’ll find plenty of people here relaxing, walking and swimming.

Tramore Beach, Donegal

Tramore Beach, Donegal

Next on our list of best beaches to visit in Ireland is a spot well known for its caravan and camping amenities, Tramore beach in Donegal (yes, Donegal, not Waterford) is also a hotspot for those with a penchant for water sports. If you’re looking foe some amazing kite surfing or fishing then you’ll find it around here. But, it’s also one of the more secluded beaches in Donegal. It’s not too hard on the eyes either and is the perfect beach to kick back and just enjoy some peace and quiet in the sunshine.

Whitestrand Beach, Clare

Whitestrand beach, ClareThis isolated little corner of Clare is also home to one of the county’s best little beaches and one you should make a special effort to visit. Unlike Spanish Point and Lahinch, you won’t find this one to be too overrun at the first ray of sunlight. A hidden gem in this particular beach is Kerin’s Hole. A natural plunge pool which can be found by walking along the cliff at the right hand side of the beach until you see the staircase leading down to it. Just remember to practice being responsible when swimming in the sea!

Velvet Strand Beach, Dublin

Velvet Strand Beach, Portmarnock

Another one for those of you frequenting the big shmoke. This little gem is a half hour from Dublin’s city centre and is one of the nicest spots on the East Coast for all your beach needs. The sand is soft underfoot, making it ideal for whatever games you play or for you Baywatch fans who can’t touch sand without a re-enactment. Portmarnock can be quite a popular spot on the hotter days but the views make it worthwhile.

Kinnagoe Bay, Donegal

Kinnagoe Bay, Donegal

The waves in beautiful Kinnagoe Bay on the Inishowen peninsula in Donegal are truly amazing. The stretch of sand along the seaside is backed by a steep grassy hill which makes for nice viewing or something for the Instagram addicts among us. There’s also a little bit for the historians to see in Kinnagoe Bay as it is well known as the location of the wreck of Armada ship La Trinidad Valencera. A plaque commemorating this is mounted nearby. It really is more like an opening scene from Home & Away. Again this is one of our most recommended beaches to visit in Ireland this summer. You won’t be disappointed.

Bettystown Beach, Meath

Bettystown beach, Co. Meath

Bettystown beach is another one that can be easily accessible from Dublin and is quite a popular one with the people of Meath also. It’s most famous for being the scene of where the Tara Brooch is claimed to have been found in 1850. A long stretch of sand going all the way into the Boyne, it’s a safe location for all your beach games and bathing.

Carnivan Beach, Wexford

Carnivan Beach, Wexford

Yes, this is a beach in Ireland… Wexford to be be precise. There aren’t too many places on the East Coast that can live up to the experience of the Wild Atlantic Way for surfers but this little spot, given the right wind conditions, is definitely up there. Hidden away in the Hook peninsula in Co. Wexford, even if surfing isn’t your cup of tea, it’s still worth a visit for the beautiful sight of the beach and its surrounds. Again this is very high up on our list of beaches to visit in Ireland this summer.

Murder Hole Beach, Donegal (Boyeeghter Strand)

Murder Hole Beach, Donegal (Boyeeghter Strand)

This is another one for the Instagrammers and photographers who hit the beach more for a quick picture or 300 for their various social media stories. The distinctive feature of this beach is a walkway, shown in the image. The nickname Murder Hole is believed to date back to a revenge killing made by Fionn Mac Cumhaill in Irish folklore.

Inchavore Beach, Wicklow

Inchavore Beach, Wicklow

Not your traditional beach on the coast. Inchavore beach is actually found on the edge of Lough Dan which is situated near Roundwood, Co. Wicklow. It can be quite a hard one to access but is well worth a look. The surrounding high ground also provides some exceptional overhead views of the beach and lake.

Curracloe Strand, Wexford

Curracloe Strand, Wexford

Last on our list of best beaches to visit in Ireland is one that is included for reasons that go beyond sea, sand and sun. The reason for including this one is because we all love a good movie and sometimes, when you sit and watch a really powerful movie, you feel a part of it. Well, with a visit to Ballinesker beach, you can feel even more a part of one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the nineties, Saving Private Ryan. The beach was used for scenes due to its similarity to the beaches in Normandy. Still a great sun and sand offering as well though.

There you have it, 12 of the very best beaches around our wonderful country. There are definitely some crackers in there so be sure to sample at least one this summer. Another perk of all these nice beaches is there is usually a really nice local to enjoy a pint in when it gets too dark to safely enjoy the water. So do your research and pick the best location to suit your needs.

Ryan Corry
Jack of all trades, master of none. Optimistic Sunday league footballer and occasional PRO. Claim To Fame – I once played Minor at the age of 20.

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