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Top 9 things to do on a coastal holiday in Ireland
The unparalleled Cliffs of Moher in Clare.
Explore our wonderful and scenic coastline where golden beaches, high and rugged cliffs, beautiful harbours and marinas, and pretty villages make for a great escape from daily life.

Read on to find out about the top nine coastal holidays in Ireland.

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1Doolin Cliff Walk Guided Tour, Co Clare

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.

2Cycle or walk The Great Western Greenway, Co Mayo

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 Cashel.

Two cyclists on the Great Western Greenway in County Mayo
Pedal along the Great Western Greenway.
3Moonlight and starlight kayaking, West Cork

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.

A group of people night kayaking on Lough Hyne in West Cork
You'll never forget kayaking on Lough Hyne by moonlight.
4Carlingford Adventure Centre, Co Louth

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.

Three people bouncing on a water trampoline at Carlingford Adventure Centre in County Louth.
Bounce around on the water at Carlingford Adventure Centre.
5Hook Head and lighthouse tour, Co Wexford

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.

Calm waters near rocks and lighthouse on Hook Head
See the jewel of the Wexford coast on Hook Head.
6Howth walking and cycling adventures, Co Dublin

Take in the famous coastal paths, seabirds, seals, porpoises, dolphins and the occasional whale with local guide Shane O'Doherty and his team at 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.

People on a Shane's Howth Adventures Tour in Howth, County Dublin
Go whale spotting with Howth Adventures.
7The Sky Road, Co Galway

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.

A country lane surrounded by green fields near the coast on Sky Road, Clifden, Galway
Visit the incredible Connemara coastline.
8The Sligo Food Trail, Co Sligo

Treat your palate to a smorgasbord 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.

9Glamping at Dromquinna Manor Hotel, Co Kerry

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.

Take to the coast

Make it a trip to remember and discover Ireland’s breathtaking coastlines on your next break.  

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