Imagine strolls along the promenade, a scattering of welcoming shops and cafes, and the tang of salty seawater in the air – an Irish seaside town is a haven in a world of hustle and bustle. With Summer in full swing, it would be rude not to make the most of the warmer months and enjoy a beach day, so we’ve rounded up the top 10 most beautiful seaside towns in Ireland. Don’t forget the bucket and spade!
10. Skerries, Co. Dublin
Located in Fingal, Skerries is a major fishing spot in County Dublin and boasts a beautiful harbour with pastel coloured shop fronts and houses facing the waterfront. Skerries has won several awards for its scenery, in particular the stunning views of neighbouring islands which can be seen from the sandy beaches, and the long-standing lighthouse on Rockabill Island. The draw of Skerries goes beyond its aesthetics – each year it hosts the annual Skerries 100 Motorcycle races, bringing together motorcycle fanatics from all over the country and further beyond.
9. Tramore, Co. Waterford
Once a sleepy fishing village, Tramore has flourished as one of the most popular seaside towns in the country. The picturesque promenade is the heart of the town, offering visitors a 5km stretch of beaches and sand dunes, accompanied by breathtaking views of the Atlantic and an amusement park during the Summer months. One of the most attractive features of the town is surely the breathtaking Gothic church which overlooks the town – make sure to bring your camera to capture its beautifully haunting architecture.
8. Rosslare, Co. Wexford
Known locally as “the sunny south-east”, Rosslare is officially the sunniest spot in the country – records show the seaside town gets an average of 300 hours more sunshine than any other spot in the country each year! The sun is not the only attractive aspect of Rosslare – the beach has been awarded with a blue flag so is perfect for those brave enough to go for a swim. Rosslare golf club is also a major feature of the town, with golfers having the opportunity to play in an award-winning club overlooking Wexford Harbour.
7. Youghal, Co. Cork
Youghal is a seaport town located on East Cork’s stunning coastline. Youghal is rich in amenities and truly has something for everyone – it has sandy blue flag beaches, historical attractions such as the Clock Gate Tower, and high-quality restaurants and pubs. Youghal is a great spot for a night out, with locals having a famous saying – if you can’t pull in Youghal, you can’t pull at all. So why not hit The Quay’s nightclub and see if there’s any truth in the claim?
6. Lahinch, Co. Clare
Boasting an ideal location right on Liscannor Bay, Lahinch is paradise for surfers. Lahinch beach is suitable for surfers of all abilities, with beginners being encouraged towards the gentler waves at the North side of the beach. Lahinch is more than a simple surf town – it is a welcoming and lively location with pubs, restaurants and a fully-fledged entertainment centre on the promenade which has a swimming pool and playground, making it an idyllic spot for families.