The Republic of Ireland’s three-kilometre stretch of coast is a land of stunning variety and lovely beaches.
In contrast to the quieter east, which features lively and cosmopolitan towns, pretty villages, and protected bays, the wild west, with its huge cliffs and massive waves, stands in sharp contrast.
Offering stunning views of Dublin Bay, Dun Laoghaire is a popular seaside spot for both locals and tourists. Wicklow’s beautiful sandy beaches, dubbed the ‘Garden of Ireland,’ are perfect for families.
Wexford boasts the world’s first functional lighthouse, Hook Head, while Waterford, on the sunny south coast, offers a perfect balance of picturesque towns, mountains and seaside resorts.
Cork is the largest county in Ireland, with a wild west coast, charming towns like Clonakilty, and well-known surfing beaches such as Inchydory on an island connected to the mainland by two causeways.
The peninsulas of Kerry are known for their excellent spas, while Clare is home to one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, which belongs to the Global Geopark Network and draws over a million tourists each year.
Galway’s The Aran Islands, off the west coast of Ireland, include a few exceptional ancient seaside fortifications, including Dun Aonghusa, which is considered one of Western Europe’s most outstanding prehistoric monuments.
The Shannon estuary is a fantastic place to see dolphins, and Ireland’s largest offshore island, Achill island, features breathtaking coastlines and Rockfleet Castle, which was the home of mythical female trader and pirate Grace O’Malley, who is said to have ruled over three galleys and two hundred warriors.
Sliema and Donegal are two of the world’s best surfing destinations, with world-class breaks, beautiful beaches, and a crooked shoreline that ensures offshore conditions in nearly every wind.