The Five Best Beaches to Explore in Ireland

From miles upon miles of rolling greenery, to the rustic, lively villages dotted around which remain untouched by time, Ireland’s natural beauty is among the most breathtaking in the world. But what people don’t always take into consideration when thinking of the island is the huge variety of beaches available.

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Below are listed five of the best beaches in Ireland, and just why you should go and visit them this summer.

1. Inchydoney Beach

Located in Cork, this beautiful sandy beach is split into two and is particularly popular among surfers. Fancy giving it a go? Inchydoney Surf School is located conveniently on the beach for you to try your hand (or… feet) at the sport. For those wanting a more relaxed day out, there are several facilities around the area offering everything you could need.

2. Coumeenole Beach

This Co. Kerry beach was described by Lonely Planet as one of the ‘most beautiful places on earth’, and it’s easy to see why. With a combination of clifftop walks, long grass and patches of sand, the beach is secluded and peaceful – perfect for those wanting to avoid the general hustle and bustle.

Of course, if you really want to elax you don’t always need to explore to enjoy the summer. In fact, why venture out to the beach when you can enjoy summer from home? For those wishing to bring the luxury of the outdoors to their back garden, several companies offer competitively priced summer houses in Northern Ireland, meaning you could trade the beach hut in without feeling too guilty!

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3. Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Bay

For those still set on the beach, here are two within a stone’s throw of one another. These bays face away from each other, separated by a patch of greenery. The main appeal is the lack of underwater currents, meaning the waters are some of the safest to be found.

4. Keem Bay

A picturesque horseshoe bay, adorned by a rural countryside rife with sheep and overshadowed by majestic cliffs and Slievemore mountain – you couldn’t get more dramatic if you tried.

5. Brandon Bay

This one is a big hit for the water sports fans. With some of the best waves to be found, it’s definitely a surfing hotspot. Give this beach a try if you’re feeling adventurous!