Here are 8 of the best beaches in Ireland to spend your day- whatever the weather

Here are 8 of the best beaches in Ireland to spend your day- whatever the weather

AUTUMN IS well and truly over and we already find ourselves pining for the Irish summer (it's not much different but the rain is warmer).

While we can't turn back the clock, we can start looking forward to next summer already-- and what better way to spend the summer than exploring the best beaches Ireland has to offer?

Then again, even if it's the middle of Autumn or the dead of Winter, those in the know will tell you there's nothing more relaxing than strolling along a deserted grey beach during stormy weather.

Here are 8 of Ireland's best beaches to spend your day, whatever the weather.

1 Ballybunion, County Kerry

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Esculpida ao longo de um período pelas ondas do Atlântico em uma enseada em forma de ferradura, esta praia isolada fica ao norte do Castelo de Ballybunion. Ele está localizado sob um antigo convento e foi usado pelas freiras residentes em tempos passados ​​como uma área balnear privada. É parte de uma caminhada cênica com penhasco que inclui vistas maravilhosas do mar. As areias douradas da Praia de Nun são tentadoras, mas o acesso é feito apenas de barco ou, para os mais corajosos, do lado do penhasco com a ajuda de um corrimão de corda fixa. . . . #irlanda #irlandaintercambios #intercambio #intercambioirlanda #intercambios #nunsbeach #praia #ballybunion #estudenairlanda #estudarnoexterior

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Bally B by the sea: It's got a long, sandy strand, a golf course, towering cliffs, prehistoric seastacks, jutting rockpools and a sea crater that's rumoured to be haunted-- what more could you want?

2 Keem Bay, Achill Island

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“Keem Bay” This beach really needs no introduction, as it is one of the most photographed beaches in Ireland. Over my years in photography ‘Keem Bay’ has always been on my target list, although until only last week Id never managed to reach it. On my arrival the entire 'Achill Island' was blanketed in thick very low clouds 😭 so I instinctively presumed I wouldn’t get any photos that day, yet I was still pleased to have reached ‘Keem Bay’. It would serve as a scouting trip at least for a future visit during better skies. Well to my sudden surprise I could see a large hole in the fast-approaching distant clouds & knew there may be some hope yet! I sprinted to my car, grabbed my Nikon camera then hopped about like a “March Hare” composing & capturing a few angles in hope of getting one usable photo to share with you all. Within 2 minutes the thick clouds rolled back down the hills smothering the beach again but thankfully I got this popular postcard angled shot of 'Keem Bay' with the little house that I’ve always been seeking 🥰 Amongst all the bad luck weather & wasted time that goes with landscape photography, there are these little miracle moments that make up for all those past negatives 🙏

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Keem Bay on Achill Island off the coast of County Mayo is a hidden gem-- despite being voted one of the best beaches in the entire world! The picturesque bay came in 3rd in a list of the 20 Best Beaches In The World, beating beaches in Greece and Polynesia among others. Now if only we had the weather.


3 Lahinch, County Clare

If you're looking for gorgeous views, colourful houses, soft sand, great surf and even better food, look no further than Lahinch in County Clare.

4 Killiney, County Dublin

Can you believe this beautiful beach is just a short distance from the hub of the centre of the capital city? Wash away the stresses of the rat race with a walk down the stoney strand.


5 Bundoran, County Donegal

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To The Edge Of The Earth.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #canonuk #igersdublin #folknature #holiday #surfing #irish_daily #wildlife_vision #visualcollective #ig_ireland_ #discoverireland #folktravel #hq_globe #living_europe #travellingthroughtheworld #lonelyplanet #bundoran #igersireland #lovindotie #surfsup #lovindublin #bundoransurfco #bundoranbeach #electricshotz #worldtrip #surf_shots #discoverireland #wildatlanticway

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There's a lot happening in Bundoran-- it's known as one of the best spots to surf on the entire island, and is home to the annual Sea Sessions musical festival each summer. Just beware the rough seas.

6 Salthill, County Galway


Another gorgeous beach town just a stone's throw from the city centre, Galway's Salthill Promenade has so much to offer-- but its most famous for its Blackrock Diving Tower, which has locals and tourists jumping into the Atlantic year-round.

7 Mullaghmore, County Sligo

Another jewel along the coast of the Wild Atlantic Way, Mullaghmore in County Sligo offers some truly exquisite views, and is close to Sligo's iconic Benbulbin mountain. A grand day out.

8 Barleycove, County Cork


The name itself sounds full of magic, and the views from Barleycove in County Cork are the closest thing to magic you're ever likely to experience. Catch this beach on a sunny day and you'll be completely awestruck.