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As wild swimming lovers, we spend our free time seeking out the best swim spots across this glorious little country of ours. And we thought why not share the best swim spots we’ve come across?! We have included a diverse range of spots ranging from secluded bay swims to tidal pools, diving boards to rivers!
Ireland’s outdoor spaces have so much to offer so if you visit one of these idyllic spots please look after it. Follow Leave no Trace principles. It is also important to mention that not all of these swim spots are lifeguarded, in fact, the majority are not. With that in mind, we encourage you to practice basic water safety practices that have been outlined by Water Safety Ireland.
They say that the west is the best! We certainly agree, that is why we are starting our list of the top 101 swim spots in Ireland with Connacht! Many of these swim spots are along the Wild Atlantic Way but some of the lake swims are a bit more off the beaten track!
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Another of the Wild Atlantic Ways many Blue Flag accredited beaches Salthill Beach is located near to the vibrant city of Galway. At the most western end of the Salthill Promenade is the Blackrock diving tower. The current tower dates back to the 1950s however there has been a diving board here since the 1880s!
This is an iconic feature of the Salthill promenade and is a must-do for every thrill seeker visiting Galway. There are two diving platforms to choose from. One is just over 30 feet above the average high water mark and the other is 16 feet high.
One of our favourite spots on this list. We first swam here following a full day of running in the 12 Bens in Conemarra. Mountains and sea, what more could you want! Beautiful long sany beach that sticks out into a sheltered cove of the Atlantic.
Silver Strand in Co Mayo. Another cracker of a beach located at the base of the mighty Mweelrea mountain tallest mountain in Connacht this extensive sandy beach is undoubtedly one of the nicest on the West Coast. There is a good-sized car park at the beach, however, we can imagine this gets very busy on hot summer weekends. Our recommendation is to hike Mweelrea and then follow it up with a wash in the Atlantic here!
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Keem Bay was recently voted 11th in the best 50 beaches in the world! When you arrive here, or in fact when you crest the top of the hill and Keem Bay is revealed to you it becomes clear why this is! It is breathtaking! There are many mountains surrounding Keem that make for brilliant hikes too! Why not hike and then wash off in the Atlantic here?
This beach always surprises us with how quiet it is. A long sandy beach near Ireland’s only fjord Glassilaun Beach is one for the bucket list!
One for the bucket list! Killary Fjord is Ireland’s only Fjord and should be on your swim list! Every year Gaelforce runs the Great Fjord Swim! With many different distances available to suit a wide range of ability levels. If you fancy challenging yourself in the water we would highly recommend giving this event to go!
One of Ireland’s lesser-known pier swim spots, Aughrus Pier is the perfect location to (carefully) launch yourself into the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. This is the perfect place to cool down after you’ve explored the beautiful Connemara.
This could be one of the most picturesque beaches you will ever see. Annagh Bay is also known as Achill’s secret beach and it’s easy to see why. It is neatly nestled between the peaks of Croaghan and Slievemore. Although it feels so remote, it is only a 1.5 hour hike from where you will park your car.
This swim spot is one of the most beautiful places to swim in the country. It is located just a five minute walk from Portacloy beach and can be combined with the full Portacloy loop hike. The swim itself is located in a beautiful coastal cove beneath a gentle waterfall. The cold mountain water run off offers swimmers a unique experience as they float beneath it. It takes a bit of work to get down to the actual entry point by climbing down the rocks or you can swim around from one of the easier entry points you pass on your walk towards it.
In recent years Belmullet Tidal Pool has become one of the most iconic swim spots in the country. It offers some of the most amzing views at sunrise and sunset and, as far as epic swim spots go, it’s very accessible.
This is a must-visit beach for anyone visiting Achill. Keel is a 3.5km sandy beach that is perfect for a walk and a swim. With crystal clear waters and majestic views of the surrounding mountains, you would be mad not to swim here.
Mulranny Beach is the perfect mix of a rocky and sandy beach. The beach starts with large, smooth pebbles and descends into soft sand just before you hit the water’s edge giving Mulranny beach its unique landscape. As well as a beautiful beach, there is a stunning walk around the area for before, or after, your swim.
This naturally formed “swimming pool” will leave you in awe. It is one of the most unique swim spots on this list as it’s so perfect it looks man-made. To get to the Wormhole you need to travel to Inis Mór which can be done either by boat or by plane. Once on the island, the Wormhole is located just 1.6km south of the breathtaking seaside cliff of Dun Aonghasa.
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At the mouth of the Owenbrin river on Lough Mask there is a Delta that ,has large sand deposits that make for a unique “Pacific-Island-Feeling” swim spot when the lake is low enough. Beware though as the sand bars drop off incredibly quickly so be sure to stay within your depth!
Located at the base of Binn Shleibte (Ben Leevy), just outside the Galway countryside town of Clonbur, is this secluded little lake. There is an old Irish settlement that dates back to famine times on one side of the lake and it offers the perfect, quiet place to cool off after a warm hike.
A lesser-known lake in Mayo, Lough Cara offers quiet swimming spots with the Joyce Country hills offering a stunning backdrop. The famous Moore Hall is on the shores of Lough Carra, and offers you a great opportunity to warm up after your dip!
At one end of Lough Nafoohey there is a striking red sand beach which on warm days people travel long and far for a day of sand-castle building and dipping! Framed by some beautiful south Mayo hills this is a unique swim spot that you should absolutely visit! The viewpoint alone from the Mam Trasna road is worth the trip!
Sitting under the mighty Mweelrea, the tallest mountain in Connacht lies Doo Lough, this stunning mountain valley is a brilliant spot for a swim, with clear (cold) water, a small beach and a nearby road this is a great one! There is also a small coffee truck called the Silver Bullet which operates out of the carpark for this spot. We can confirm that the hot chocolate from the silver bullet is good, however, after a swim it becomes the best you’ll ever have!
Along a country road, through a gate, and up an access path sits a brilliant plunge pool. Often you would see people from the nearby Saint Petersburg Adventure Center jumping off the riverbank into this mountain river. With a secluded feeling, a beautiful setting and deep water this is a great spot for a quick dip. Whether you are just off the mountains or making the trip, especially for a dip this is a great spot and not one to be passed. We would highly recommend checking the depth of your spot before jumping in to avoid an accident and to avoid getting a cold shock from sudden immersion, especially since this spot is about 400 meters from where you can park.
Home to some of the most iconic swim spots in the country, Leinster has many of the best swim spots in the country! As well as some very popular swim spots we have included a few lesser-known swim spots here for you to explore!
A favourite of many Wicklow residents “the Cove” is set up perfectly to be your swim spot of choice. Nearby parking and a café just across the road. In fact, there is a Sauna by Fad Saoil Saunas nearby also making this a brilliant spot for some hot-cold therapy. Excellent for recovery from a day in the Wicklow Mountains.
As Howth is so close to the capital city finding a secluded spot for a swim on this headland can be a challenge. There are however a few hidden beaches that are accessible from the cliff walk that make for excellent spots! Just be careful getting to them and never trespass on private land!
A long sandy beach in the sunny southeast, Rosslare strands located 12 kilometers South of Wexford town and four kilometers north of Rosslare Europort.
Low Rock is a fantastic swim spot for all of the family. It is a very shallow and sheltered cove meaning it will be safe for kids to be introduced to sea swimming (under the supervision of responsible adults of course).
Probably one of the most popular swim spots in the country. All year round people get in the Forty Foot.
Everyone knows the Vico Baths! A 15-minute walk south of central Dalkey and are only accessible through a small gap in a wall on Vico Road, this place is hopping on warm summer afternoons and for good reason. The steep, narrow steps down to the sea are iconic and a must-visit if you are in Dublin!
On the east coast of Wicklow lies Kilcoole beach. It is an ideal spot for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts as it runs alongside Kilcoole marsh. In summer, a section of the beach between Kilcoole and Newcastle is cordoned off to protect a colony of one of Ireland’s rarest breeding seabirds, Little Terns. A must-visit for bird watchers and sea swimmers alike!
One of the most European feeling beaches in Wicklow, this long sandy beach is a haven of activity during the summer. We enjoy Brittas Bay far more for an early sunrise swim before we head to the hills for a day of hiking! There is a large car park to accommodate summer crowds and access is very easy, so long as the sand isn’t too hot!
We love Greystones South Beach. It is often said that the sea in Greystones is a few degrees colder than Bray but South Beach in our experience is always so nice! The water is super clear and inviting and of course, there are loads of places to get food, coffee, or snacks pre or post-swim! The car park is large and right beside the beach.
Some may know Bray promenade as the start and finish point for the EcoTrail Wicklow races that take place in September. One of the best ways to cool off after the race is to get right into the Irish Sea! There is nothing like it!
Located in one of the most exclusive suburbs of the Dublin area. Killiney Beach is a Blue Flag beach that, due to its sheltered location, is popular for swimming. The main car park is opposite the train station and there is free parking on Sundays!
One of the most accessible swim spots in Dublin, Seapoint is on the DART line and is only 30 minutes from the city center! Beside the swim spot there is a Martello Tower It was built in the early 1800s (one of 28) to protect the area from Napoleonic invasion, a must-visit for Irish swimmers!
Another popular spot for Dublin swimmers is Portmarnock beach. Located just north of Howth, this sandy beach is a staple for many north Dublin residents, and for good reason, you guess a view of Ireland’s Eye as well as Lambay island off the coast. There are also many places to get a bite to eat in Portmarnock and Malahide before or after your swim.
Halfway along the South wall in Dublin, you will find Half Moon swimming and Water Polo Club. This is a nice place for a quick dip we would however recommend checking the water quality before making your way to the South wall.
There are two ways to reach this natural swim spot, you can either drive to Slade Harbour or walk to the spot along the Wexford Coastal Path. We highly recommend the walk, it is beautiful. Anyway, back to the swim spot. It is located around the numbers 11 and 12 which are painted onto the shoreside rocks. You can access it by climbing down the rocks to the side of the arch at mid to high tide. Once in you’ll be blown away by how deep the hole itself is. The gully is 12 meters deep, yet only 2 meters wide making it a must-see for any nature lover.
One of Ireland’s most beautiful white sandy beaches, Curracloe, was featured in the opening scenes of “Saving Private Ryan”. Curracloe stretches for miles along the beautiful Wexford coastline and showcases some of the most dramatic sand dunes on the east coast. It’s easy to see why it is such a popular swim spot.
Black Castle Beach gets its name from the castle ruins that overlook it. So not only is this an excellent beach for a swim, it’s also steeped in history and surrounded by magnificent views.
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This stunning sandy beach is located in North Dublin and is lined with beautiful sand dunes that offer you gorgeous views as you swim along the coast.
Ballymoney Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Wexford on a summer’s day and it’s easy to see why. There are some beautiful trails in the surrounding area and from the beach, you get stunning views of the surrounding woodlands and grassy hills.
This small beach is the perfect alternative to Brittas Bay for those looking for something a little more secluded. With its beautiful rock pools and surrounding landscape, Magheramore is up there with one of the best beaches on the east coast for a swim.
Bull Island is a little slice of the Irish countryside, in the city. If you look up while swimming you will be treated to magnificent views of the city, Howth Head, and the iconic Poolbeg chimneys.
The heart-shaped lake has become an extremely popular hike in recent years, with people coming far and wide for the perfect photo! However, not many people get the photo from the lake’s perspective! This is a great spot, but proceed with caution as mountainside lakes are often very cold and very deep so stay within your depth!
One of the Wicklow mountain’s best-kept secrets, Lough Dan is truly a magical swim. To access the lake you need to park at the Wicklow Way Car Park Luggala and walk through the large estate gates across the road, following the signs for about 2.5km to Lough Dan. This is a nature reserve so no dogs are permitted on site. The lake is absolutely breathtaking when you arrive nestled between multiple mountains and hidden away from any sort of civilisation it is truly a great unique swim spot.
Another awesome, secluded spot! Lough Bray Upper is one of two lakes that sit in the side of Kippure, the tallest mountain in Dublin. The car park is close to the lakes but the approach can be slippy in very wet or very dry weather so proceed with caution.
If you’re looking for a magical sunset lake swim then this is the spot for you. With the sun bouncing off the beautiful still waters of Lough Ree, you’re really in for a magical freshwater swim here.
Equipped with a large grassy area, picnic tables, and Happy Valley Coffee (who do a fantastic hot chocolate), this is truly a great spot for a river dip. This pool is shallow and has easy access through a set of curved stone steps which double up as seats to soak up the sun after your swim.
This swim spot comes equipped with diving boards and who doesn’t love jumping into cold water on a hot summer’s day? The water here is nearly always very calm so swimming here nearly feels like you’re in an outdoor swimming pool, just slightly colder.
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This iconic Kerry beach is sandwiched between Kerry Head and Tralee. This long sandy beach is a popular beach for swimming and surfing with inexpensive board and suit rental available during peak times. The beach boasts some incredible views of the Slieve Mish including Beautregaum and Catharconree. Since it is in the west the sunsets you can get here are awesome!
Located 3km from Tramore Promenade, Guillamene, which received a National Green Coasts Award for 2021 is a lovely traditional Irish Swim spot. Years ago Guillemene was a men’s only bathing area, however, now it is, of course, open to all genders and is a great place for a dip. We would however advise you have a good look at the tides prior to getting in here!
Located at the end of the Dingle peninsula Ventry Bay Beach is a stunning sandy beach that is nicely sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean while offering epic views of the mountains on the Dingle peninsula!
Well known for the surf Lahinch is a destination for many! If there is surf we would highly recommend getting into the water with a board. However, if there is no surf you have got to get in for a swim!
Ballyheigue is famous for its 10km long Blue Flag beach and its extraordinary views of the ocean and the mountains of the Dingle peninsula. Nestled from the worst of the Atlantic weather by Kerry Head it is a great spot for a dip!
After a hike up Brandon, a swim at Maharees Beach is an absolute must. Epic sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and easy access.
Located on the south side of the beautiful dingle peninsula, inch beach sticks out into a sheltered part of the North Atlantic Ocean. This long sandy beach offers good surf as well as great swimming year round. Definitely want to add to your road trip bucket list.
The seaside town of Kilkee is home to one of the nicest and most well-sheltered bays on the island. With lifeguards on duty and plenty of nearby cafés and icecream shops, this spot is very popular during the warm months!
This swim spot is all about timing. You need to swim here within two hours of low tide to ensure that the water is trapped in the massive rock pools. Be sure to bring some goggles or snorkeling gear with you as the best views here lie beneath the surface of the water.
Down a long flight of stairs lies this swimming spot. This is a secluded cove with a beautiful backdrop of impressive cliffs and an impressive cave you can explore! We have included this swim spot on our list as it is very quiet for how beautiful it is!
Tramore Beach in Waterford is 5km of beautiful sandy beach with cliffs and dunes alongside it. It is one of the most popular beaches on the east coast of Ireland and you will see why when you visit, it is absolutely breathtaking.
Located just 3km from Kinsale town center, the walk here is very quiet and pleasant. However, you also have the option to drive if you don’t feel like a walk. With calm, quiet waters, Dock Beach is an amazing spot to cool off on a hot day.
Fenit Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches for a swim in Ireland. It looks across to the beautiful, mountainous Dingle peninsula and because the beach is so sheltered the waters here are almost always calm. If the sea chills you down to the bone, there’s a great cafe just across the road.
This is a real swimmer’s gem around Kilkee. With steps a walkway and a steel ladder bringing you all the way down to the crisp Atlantic waters, this is a swim spot you do not want to miss along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Rossbeigh Beach is the perfect swim spot along the Ring of Kerry. With beautiful clear blue waters and long sandy shores, you would be mad to pass up the opportunity tom swim here.
Another gorgeous blue flag beach on our list, Spanish Point is a beautiful place to swim with its gorgeous rocky shoreline and a wide variety of plants and animals you’ll never be stuck for something interesting to see on your swim here.
Clare Island itself is absolutely stunning and the Cove truly captures the essence of the island. It takes a short walk to get here but it’s worth it to see the magical crystal blue waters and stunning views all the way across to Clew Bay.
The Blue Pool in Glengarriff is another unique swim spot on our list. This natural pool is located in Glengarriff’s Blue Pool nature park and has a set of stone steps descending into the water for easy access. It’s well worth a visit if you’re an avid wild swimmer.
Derrynane is one of the most spectacular beaches along the Ring of Kerry. There are multiple gorgeous coves here to discover and the water is crystal clear, allowing swimmers to marvel at all the underwater life that the Atlantic has to offer.
This is one of Kerry’s lesser-known swim spots, but it is as breathtaking as any in Kerry. It can be difficult to find this majestic rock pool but once you do you’ll never want to leave. It’s situated on the very edge of cliffs on the north side of the island and involves about a 1km trek to reach it. In addition to being a great spot to swim, you can also look for the prehistoric tetrapod footprints!
An aesthetically pleasing and very accessible jetty just outside of Killaloe! This is a lovely spot and when paired with a coffee from Old Barracks Coffee and a walk-up Moylussa this place is a must!
One of the most epic lakes in the country, located on the side of Mangerton in Co. Kerry. You definitely have to work for a swim in this lake as it is a good hike from the “trailhead”. Be sure to bring lots of spare clothes for the walk back down also!
A bucket list swim spot for the adventure junkie! Cummeenoughter Lake is the highest lake in Ireland. Located at 707m above sea level this may not seem too high when compared to some alpine lakes but it feels comparable to some of the lakes we swam in during our Ehrwald hiking trip because you are surrounded by rocky peaks! The mighty Carrauntoohil towers over this lake, which in our minds is reason enough to give this one a go!
A beautiful waterfall plunge pool hidden away in a stunning native woodland at the base of Tomies Mountain just outside Killarney. The pool is a 1-mile (20-minute) walk from the car park. There are steep steps that bring you down to the waterfall. After heavy rainfall the flow can be very heavy.
Expansive sandy beaches that will make you forget you are in Ireland! The north has some of the most idyllic swim spots in the country! If you venture off the beaten path you will find a few swim spots that feel undiscovered! With that said here is our list of the best swim spots in Ulster!
Carlingford Lough is a beautiful glacial fjord on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. There are many great ways to enjoy your swim here with the option to either walk into the sea or go pier jumping, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
The seaside town of Newcastle, which just so happens to also be the gateway to the mourne mountains, has one of the nicest tidal rock pools in the country. Perhaps second only to Bellmullet. Perfect for a dip after climbing Slieve Donard!
Famous as one of the settings in the television program Game of Thrones Ballintoy Harbour also offers a great place for a swim but we know a secret spot! Parking in Ballintoy car park, walk back up Harbour Road until the first hairpin bend, and continue on down towards the beach on the other side of the headland. Here you will find a stunning sandy beach that only the locals know about!
You can get the Carrick-A-Rede Sea Safari which will take you around and underneath the bridge. There are many opportunities for swimming on the tour, around secluded caves and inlets. Swims are weather dependent, however.
A short walk through Ards Forest Park lies a hidden gem. Binnagorm Beach is a secluded beach that lies at the end of the forest about 35 minutes from Letterkenny this place is a must-visit if you are looking for a secluded swim spot. The beach faces sheep haven Bay which acts as a shelter against the worst of the weather in the Atlantic. we would highly recommend going for a run or a hike and following it up with a swim at this beach!
The Murder Hole Beach has become increasingly popular in the past few years thanks to the coverage it has received on Instagram! However, we have included this beach on this list with a strong caveat! There are very strong rip currents at this beach so we would advise you to stay within your depth if you are to swim here!
This is one of the most northerly beaches in Ireland, but Kinnagoe Bay looks like it’s straight out of Hawaii. It’s a beautiful, enclosed golden beach surrounded by steep woody hills. As you’re driving down the winding roads the bay will slowly reveal itself to you, leaving you in awe of its natural beauty.
Ballymastocker is another beautiful sandy beach with magnificent rolling hills surrounding it. Before your swim, you can take a walk up the Knockalla Hills and look down on the spectacular shoreline below.
This beautiful horseshoe-shaped beach is regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland, so obviously it has to be on this list of best swim spots in Ireland. There are a whopping 174 steps down to the beach from the cliff face above, but that only adds to the unique beauty of this Wild Atlantic Way gem.
Tramore translates to “big beach”, hence why you hear of so many beaches called Tramore around Ireland. This one is located in Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal. In spring or summer, the walk to this beach offers some of the best sunset views in Ireland.
Culduff is the perfect beach for a gentle stroll followed by a scenic swim looking back in at the gorgeous headlands dotted with beautiful country village homes. There are a few rock coves along this beach as well which are a must explore after your swim.
Rossnowlagh is known for its surfing, but did you know it’s also an unbelievable place for a bit of sea swimming? This long stretch of beach has soft, golden sand, rock outcrops and cliffs to admire as you swim along the stunning Donegal coast.
Now, this beach isn’t just for swimming at, it’s on the shorefront of a town that has so many unique activities and amenities that you need to discover. However, the swim here is still a necessity. Nothing beats floating through the water looking back at the majestic coast of Donegal.
Sheltered away from the wild waters of the Atlantic lies Downings Beach. A must-visit for anyone in search of gorgeous landscape views as you swim along in beautiful calm, clear waters. The beach itself is located on the Rosguill Peninsula which is famous for its wide variety of coastal landscapes including sandy beaches and dunes, rock cliffs, and many offshore islands.
Often referred to as one of the most beautiful beaches in Donegal, Marble Hill Beach is a beauty worth beholding. At high tide, the beach will be split into two different sections but the water is nearly always calm as the beach is neatly nestled between two headlands. We guarantee that you will love this swim spot.
Stroove is a relatively small beach stretching only 100 meters but it is protected from the prevailing Atlantic winds making it a great place to swim on the Wild Atlantic Way. The beach itself is overlooked by an old lighthouse adding to the already beautiful aesthetic of this horseshoe-shaped beach.
Bloody bridge is an amazing swim spot in Down where a river meets the sea. It’s located at the foot of Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland’s tallest mountain), so it’s the perfect spot to cool off after a long hike. You can ease yourself into the water or take a dramatic, but calculated, leap of faith off of a few rocks. If you choose to jump in always do a quick depth check first.
East strand Beach is at the heart of the popular coastal destination, Portrush. With so many amenities to choose from after your swim, this is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the water.
This beach is located beneath the towering Mourne mountains, on the shores of Carlingford Lough. Carlingford is such a popular tourist destination in Ireland so there is an abundance of facilities at this beach to ensure you have a comfortable swim and to top it all off, the views are breathtaking.
Ballygally is the perfect family-friendly beach in Antrim. The beach has been awarded the Seaside Award for its bathing water quality and also boasts amenities such as shops and playgrounds, making this an excellent beach to go swimming with your kids.
Downhill beach is breathtaking in every sense of the word. It is an 11km long beach that lies below magnificent rock cliff faces and Mussenden Temple. This is the perfect place for a swim before rushing up to the viewing point at Mussenden for one of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see.
Ballinaskelligs is internationally recognised for its water quality and environmental management and has also been awarded a Blue Flag. Would you believe Ballinaskelligs is yet another horseshoe-shaped beach that is overlooked by a castle? It’s amazing how much beauty is packed into our little country.
Bundoran Beach is located just 250 meters north of the town and is a fantastic spot for a bit of sea swimming and even small cliff jumping. When you finish the swim, Bundoran also has loads of cafes and restaurants for you to relax in! We really like FOAM when we were there recently! Excellent coffee and food!
Enniscrone Beach is one of the most popular coastal destinations in Sligo. Stretching 5km there is more than enough room on this sandy beach for a swim and a bit of a lie-down. On top of this, it is also a blue flag beach and isn’t stuck for amenities with loads of restaurants, pubs, and shops in Enniscrone.
Situated just 5km southeast of Clonakilty village, Inchydoney is the perfect swim spot for anyone exploring Cork. It is one of the best-known beaches in Cork and the waters are beautifully clear making it a magical place to go swimming.
We absolutely love the area around Sheephaven Bay! Ards forest, Dunfanaghy, and the Glenveagh National Park are all stunning! This beach is no different. When we were there in August there was a great little coffee truck on the road just beside it called BrewBox as well! Highly recommended!
Gyles Quay is known as one of the best places to swim in County Louth. It’s an easy walk down to the harbour and the water is often calm and relatively easy to swim in.
There are hundreds of places to swim along the River Shannon. On a recent trip, we stopped at “Shannonbridge” for a dip! There are loads of complementary options for coffee, food, or drinks beside the water. We went to Hatch Co. for coffee and ice cream! It was the perfect post-swim treat!
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The setting for the long-distance swimming national championships, Lough Erne is a must-visit! If however you just want a quick dip we would recommend going to Tully Castle on Lough Erne.
There are many places to swim in Lock Key however one of our favourites is Doon Shore. A short drive through woodland will be followed by the lake opening up in front of you. There are a few jetties that serve as great entry points into the water!
Just South of the Mayo Galway county boundary lies Golden Bay. This sheltered spot is just one of the many great swim spots on Lough Corrib. Many fishermen will set sail from this bay with hopes of catching their dinner. While others jump in for a quick dip here, both give each other strange looks!
By Matthew McConnell
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