The Forty Foot, Glenageary
One of Ireland’s most famous swimming spots and easily accessible from Dublin by train swimming in the sea at the Forty Foot can be undertaken at any time of year. Set on a rocky outcrop it makes for a great sea swimming location.
Dollymount Strand is located close to Dublin City Centre and located on North Bull Island, a coastal sand spit located in Dublin Bay. A sandy beach that runs from the north Bull wall to the northern tip of the Island.
Solomon’s Hole, Hook Head
Set close to Hook Head lighthouse in Wexford the Solomon’s Hole dive site offers stunning coastal erosion sights such as a sea arch plus caves and is one of the best sea swimming spots in the Sunny South East.
Curracloe is a fine-sand beach. The sand type is soft and windblown and often covers the wooden walkways. The sand dunes extend between 100m and 300m to the rear (west) of the beach and is a filming location of the movie “Saving Private Ryan”
A sandy beach set in the Ring of Kerry and sheltered from the elements it offers a great sea swimming experience during the summer months when the safest sea swimming spots are marked with lifeguards on duty.
Inch Strand is an exposed sandy beach, facing due west into Dingle Bay and to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Pollock Holes
The Pollock Holes are lovely, clear sea pools uncovered when the tide is out and located at the start of the Kilkee Cliff Walk and are know as one of the top five places for sea swimming in Co. Clare.
Lahinch is a sandy beach with a defence barrier consisting of large boulders to prevent coastal erosion. Below the rocky defence barrier, the bathing area is sandy with the absence of vegetation
Comprised of several small beaches with a mixture of sand and pebbles is ideally located when staying in Galway City. Lifeguards are present during the summer months.
Céibh an Spidéil
Céibh an Spidéil is a long sandy east facing cove. Bound by a large stone fishing pier and an area of rocky shore with a variety of plants and wildlife to be seen.
The Cove, Clare Island
Whilst a ferry ride and short walk is required to access this swimming spot you reward is a deserted cove with views over Clew Bay.
Mulranny Beach is a sandy beach located near Mulranny village. The area has an important strand of Mediterranean heath with machair sand plains and saltmarsh also located within the site.
Voted as one of the top 10 swimming spots in Ireland. Take a cliff walk to a pair of sea stacks that make a great diving platform as the reach out over a deep narrow inlet.
Rathmullan Beach consists of a sandy beach in Lough Swilly, it supports a wide variety of plant and wildlife species including otters.
Garrettstown Beach is a south facing, gently sloping, sandy beach flanked on both sides by rocky cliffs.
Inch Strand is a sandy beach located near Whitegate & Power Head, East Cork. It is very popular spot with surfers.
Brittas Bay North Beach is a, gently sloping, sandy beach with hilly sand dunes that support two protected plant species. The beach gradually falls away with sand bars common.
Laytown/Bettystown is a fine sand beach backing onto sand dunes. The Boyne Coast and Estuary is a designated Special Area of Conservation located to the north whilst to the south, the River Nanny Estuary and Shore are a designated Special Protected Area.
Ballygally is a small, sandy beach that is popular with both locals and tourists who enjoy a paddle in the summer months and for fishing during the rest of the year.
Brown's Bay is a sandy beach sitting at the northern end of County Antrim's Islandmagee Peninsula. The beach is slightly over 300 metres in length with a crossable stream running down the middle and into the bay