Beaches in Ireland

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Trawmore Beach Achill Island, Co. Mayo

Trawmore Beach Achill Island, Co. Mayo

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Ireland is known for many things the world over, and some may be surprised at how popular and beautiful Ireland Beaches truly are. The coastline of Ireland is approximately 1500 km total and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the Irish Sea on the east. Ireland's beaches are actually one of the main attractions that bring tourists to this lush green country and below is a guide to some of the more popular beachs to visit.

Brittas Bay Beaches, Wicklow County

Brittas Bay Beaches are made up of five km of soft sandy beachfront and are one of the most popular in Ireland’s entire eastern coast. There is both a North Beach and a South Beach with beautiful clear waters and sands that feel almost as though you are walking on pillows. You'll also find sand dunes galore in addition to a variety of shops and sports activities that will make for a fun filled day. Nearby there is a less populated spot called Silver Strand, also part of Brittas Bay, with picturesque hidden coves to explore and gorgeous views.

Rossnowlagh, Donegal County

Donegal County has some wonderful beaches, but the most popular is Rossnowlagh, stretching for almost two km all on its own. Be prepared for a packed day of fun in the sun here as you'll run into quite a few other beach-goers at this location. This is one of the only beaches in all of Ireland where you can actually drive your vehicle out onto the beach and park. A couple of other hot spots in Donegal County are Tullan and Murvagh beaches that sit on the western side of Donegal Bay and feature stunning views and safe clean waters. Last but not least there is Fin McCool Surf School for people wanting to learn how to surf.

Ballybunion Beaches, Kerry County

Ballybunion Beaches in Kerry County has both a North and a South Beach with several activities offered at each one. The North and South Beaches are separated by a cliff where the ruins of an ancient castle lie. If you like to golf, play a few holes at one of Ballybunion's two prestigious courses, or if you're a lady looking for some pampering time, schedule a soothing seaweed bath over at the Ladies Beach. You can also take your family or friends on a hike up the cliff walk and go north to Nuns Beach to explore the coves, caves and sea arches.

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Curracloe Beach, Wexford

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Curracloe
Curracloe
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This is a long, sandy beach, perfect for swimming. To get there, from Wexford, the R742 road takes you to Curracloe. Keep to the right at the junction in village and again at next junction to reach the car park beside the wood. From there walk down to the sand-dunes (about 300/400 meters).

Alternatively, go straight through the village for about 4km and turn right down a narrow lane, at the end of which is Ballinesker beach, where the landing scenes from Saving Private Ryan was filmed. It's usually less crowded than Culleton's Gap (the one described above) and Curracloe more..

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address:Curracloe, Co. Wexford

Morriscastle Beach

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Morriscastle Beach
Morriscastle Beach

Ireland first green coast awarded beach. Stretches for miles joining ballinesker beach where they shot opening scenes for saving private ryan.

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address:Kilmuckridge, Wexford

Benone Beach

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Situated about 10 miles from the town of Limavady in Co. Derry (as known as Co Londonderry), sitting on the Alantic ocean. Its sandy beaches are famous throughtout the area and is one of the few beaches to have been awarded the Blue Flag. Amazing views of the Donegal Coast line, which is within reach by a short ferry ride. http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/product.aspx?ProductID=2919

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address:Limavady, Co Derry

Balbriggan Beach, Co. Dublin

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Balbriggan lighthouse
Balbriggan lighthouse
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Safe, sandy beaches with full life-guard service during the summer months and only two minutes from Balbriggan town centre and train station. Coastal walks with panoramic views. A unique large colony of seals inhabit the coastline at Hampton and can regularly be seen around the harbour.

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address:Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

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