Irish beach named best wild swimming spot across UK and Ireland

One Irish beach has been named the best wild swimming spot across the UK and Ireland.

As people all across the island of Ireland and the UK take to the beaches, either to cool down from the current heat wave or challenge themselves to dip in the cold coastal waters, sea swimming has grown hugely in popularity in recent years.

Now, sea swimming fans in Ireland can delight in the knowledge that our wee island is home to the best wild swimming spot across the UK and Ireland.

A stunning west coast beach ‒ a world-renowned bay

An Irish beach has been named the best wild swimming spot in the UK and Ireland.
Credit: Fáilte Ireland

Keem Bay in County Mayo is the stunning Irish beach that has been named the best wild swimming spot across the UK and Ireland. Located on Achill Island, the beach is renowned as one of the most beautiful beaches not just in Ireland but in the world.

Having been named by numerous publications on their lists of best and most beautiful beaches in the world, Keem Bay has become a world-recognised landmark in the west of Ireland.

So, next time you visit this stunning location, why not dip your toes in the water? Just make sure to check tide times and abide by all safety precautions before taking to the water.

Irish beach named best wild swimming spot across UK and Ireland ‒ the results

Rozanna Purcell at Keem Bay.
Credit: Instagram / @rozannapurcell

Reusable water bottle company Ocean Bottle came up with the list by analysing water samples from over 800 waterways across the UK and Ireland.

They looked at the levels of E.coli and intestinal Enterococci at each location to determine which spots were the safest to swim in.

They also cross-referenced the Google ranking of each location to rank the best spots for wild swimming based on previous visitor experience.

Keem Bay received full points for cleanliness, with a score of 20 ‒ as did various other beaches on the list. However, it was the 1,683 positive reviews that set the County Mayo beach above the rest.

The best sea swimming spots in the UK and Ireland ‒ beautiful locations to dip in the water

One Irish beach has been named the best wild swimming spot in the UK and Ireland.
Credit: Tourism Ireland

Just behind the Irish beach named the best wild swimming spot across the UK and Ireland are two Welsh beaches placing second and third.

Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire and Mwnt Beach in Ceredigion came just behind Keem Bay. Both claimed a cleanliness score of 20 but fewer visitor reviews.

Keem Bay was not the only Irish spot to rank highly on the list. Sea swimming has proven to be a hugely popular activity across the Emerald Isle. So, there are plenty of spots to choose from when you want to immerse yourself in the cold Irish waters.

Trá an Dóilín in County Galway, also known as Coral Strand, ranked in sixth place. Meanwhile, Donegal’s Dooey Beach claimed ninth, and Curracloe Beach in Wexford ranked ninth.

Finally, Dog’s Bay in Galway and Enniscrone Beach in Sligo ranked 13th and 14th. So, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to idyllic sea swimming spots in Ireland.

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