Ireland’s top seaside spots (PHOTOS)

Strandhill, Co. Sligo, one of Ireland's top seaside destinations

Clifden, County Galway

Located in the northwest of County Galway in the heart of Connemara this small seaside town feels untouched, despite its popularity with tourists. The town is packed with its own entertainment, but Clifden is also a great spot to use as a base when exploring the area. Some top things to check out include the Beach Road walk, Connemara National Park and Derrygimla Bog. 

Cape Clear, County Cork

This spot is a bit different but definitely worth the extra effort. Cape Clear is an island, just a 45 minute boat trip from Schull in west Cork. It is Ireland’s most southern island and has a population of just 120. The island is 1.5 miles wide and 3 miles long. This is a natural paradise and actually has a slightly better climate than the rest of Ireland. 

Dungarvan, County Waterford

Nestled beneath the Comeragh Mountains in Waterford is a thriving seaside market town, Dungarvan. The town overlooks the beautiful Dungarvan Bay and is a wonderful spot to spend some time while exploring the beauty of the southeast coast. 

Curracloe, County Wexford

Although Wexford’s coastline is peppered with wonderful beaches, Curracloe has a great reputation as a safe bathing spot. The area has been developed around the beach as a spot for visitors to enjoy. There are also great activities surrounding the beach, such as horse rides along the shore, fishing and water sports. Just north of this beach is where the opening scenes for “Saving Private Ryan” were shot.

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