Clare

Bishops Quarter

Ballyvaughan – Clare

This picturesque strand near Ballyvaughan, North Clare, though stony in parts this long beach has stunning views across Galway Bay and of the Burren.

Kilkee beach and rock pools

Kilkee village – Clare

The mile-long sandy beach is gently sloping and sheltered from the Atlantic weather. To the south of the beach, in the flat rocks, are a number of natural swimming pools, known as ‘Pollock Holes’, replenished with fresh sea-water at every tide, and ideal for children and uncertain swimmers. The diving boards at New Found Out allow for dives of up to 13 metres (45 feet) into the open sea.

Facilities: Lifeguard, Parking, nearby indoor swimming pool, dive centre, marina and surf school (hold classes in summer).

This is a Blue Flag beach

Lahinch beach

Lahinch – Clare

Its widely considered one of Ireland’s finest beaches and is a hot spot for surfing. There is a promenade along some of its length but the strand seems never ending. Stunning in both summer and winter, this beach is a must see.

Facilities: Lifeguard, parking, indoor pool, surf school, kitesurfing school.

This is a Blue Flag beach

Spanish Point

Spanish Point village – Clare

Spanish point has a beautiful long sandy beach and its sheltered location makes it very safe. It’s a popular location for surfing.

Facilities: Lifeguard, Parking.

Whitestrand beach

Miltown Malbay – Clare

The Blue Flag status White Strand, Killard,  is a popular and very safe sandy beach for swimming. Sheltered from the prevailing winds, the gently sloping sandy beach has views across the bay to the sand dunes at Doughmore. The beach is monitored by lifeguards at weekends during the month of June, and from 11am – 7pm every day during July & August.

Doonbeg – Doughmore Beach

Doughmore – Clare

Backed by sand dunes and the prestigious Doonbeg Golf Course, this magnificent 21/2 km beach is a paradise for surfers, walkers, beach anglers and picnickers but shifting sands and strong cross currents make it dangerous for swimming.

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