Ireland’s top seaside vacation locations - villages and beaches not to miss - PHOTOS
Top spots around Ireland’s coast for the perfect family vacation filled with ‘craic agus ceol’
Tramore, County Waterford
Tramore is the south east’s top destination for holidaymakers and is jam packed with amenities for vacationers from top class accommodation to Splashworld, surfing, fishing, hiking, horse riding, golf and even an amusement park. Beside the wonderful surroundings and the great outdoors there’s a huge amount to do.
Strandhill, County Sligo
This beautiful town in the heart of Yeats country is officially a Mecca for surfers. Miles of untamed beach, beautiful rocky exposure. It is located just at the foot of Knocknarea, just kilometers from Sligo town and close to Sligo airport that connects with Dublin. Strandhill is also a great spot for golf, seaweed baths and has some great pubs and restaurants.
Clifden, County Galway
Located in the north west 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 based 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 over looks the beautiful Dungarvan Bay and is a wonderful spot to spend some time while exploring the beauty of the south east 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 beach, fishing and water sports. Just north of this beach is where the opening scenes for “Saving Private Ryan” were shot.
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