Read on to find out about the top ten coastal breaks in Ireland.
Head to the south-west coast of Ireland and feel like you’re at the edge of the world. The Doolin Cliff Walk Guided Tour from Fisher Street in lively Doolin village will take you along the trail leading to the Cliffs of Moher. With local historian and farmer Pat Sweeney by your side, discover the history behind this trail with the sound of the ocean in your ears.
With gentle, rolling hills and some of the most blissful scenery in the West, the Great Western Greenway has a glorious mix of dramatic mountainscapes and views of Clew Bay. It is the longest Greenway in the country and passes through stunning and picturesque villages on the way from Westport to Achill.
Take a trip with Atlantic Sea Kayaking and get out on the water to explore West Cork’s coastline dotted with deserted islands, ancient castles and hidden coves. Kayaking trips are available every day for people of all abilities or head out on a magical night trip under the stars and experience the serenity of paddling by the light of the moon.
Journey to the quaint medieval village of Carlingford on the Cooley Peninsula and check into the Carlingford Adventure Centre. The family-run business has lots of activities to enjoy on the coastline including water trampolining, sailing, windsurfing and even raft building. Its location along Carlingford Lough and near the sea makes it a great destination for water sport enthusiasts.
Voted as one of the best lighthouses in the world, the iconic Hook Head lighthouse has marked the entrance to Waterford Harbour for at least 800 years. As one of the world’s oldest operational lighthouses, visitors are in awe of Hook Head Lighthouse which has guided tours and a spectacular view of the coastline from its balcony.
Take in the famous coastal paths, seabirds, seals, porpoises, dolphins and the occasional whale with local guide Shane O'Doherty and his team at Shane’s Howth Adventures. Explore Howth’s cliffs and spectacular views on an off-road hike with the cool breeze on your cheeks or hop on an e-bike and feel the wind in your hair on panoramic tours without all the pedalling.
Head west and take the outstanding Sky Road coastal route with long views of the incredible Connemara coastline. Make this journey in the evening to witness astonishing sunsets over the Atlantic as the steep ascent along the coastal edge showcases the islands in Clifden Bay.
Take a break on the beach in Donegal at Ballymastocker Strand. This glorious strand stretches from Portsalon Pier to Magherawarden. With a large length of golden sand and an abundance of wildlife found in the area, a stroll along this shore is a balm for the soul.
Treat your palate to an smorgasboard of culinary delights on the Sligo Food Trail. Meet fellow food lovers who take pride in showcasing fresh, local and organic food that nourishes your body with epic scenery to match. Drive through Sligo and experience the outstanding landscape which yields these fresh ingredients from lush fields and farms to the mighty Atlantic Ocean.
Kick back and relax in the wooded gardens of Dromquinna Manor Hotel on the shores of Kenmare Bay. This is not your regular camping: tents are furnished with real beds, duck down duvets, goose down pillows and rustic interiors. Private decks with sea views are the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon or simply sit back and gaze as a cormorant or crane glides by.
Make it a trip to remember and discover Ireland’s breathtaking coastlines. Plan your next coastal getaway on our Things to Do page from short breaks to longer stays, filled with adventure or time to chill out.
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