Must visit seaside towns in Ireland

The island of Ireland is home to countless scenic and coastal towns; each of which are perfect for beachfront strolls and embracing fresh saltwater scents. And, with so many seaside towns scattered across the Emerald Isle, it can be difficult to know what the must visit seaside towns in Ireland are.

Read on for Ireland Luxury Travel’s must visit seaside towns in Ireland.  

Lahinch, Co. Clare

must visit seaside towns in Ireland

Located at the head of Liscannor Bay in County Clare, Lahinch boasts a stunning 2km long beach – ideal for fans and lovers of water sports.

This must visit seaside town boasts unique shops, beautiful restaurants and plenty of entertainment – from live music to Irish dancing events.

Dunmore East, Co. Waterford

must visit seaside towns in Ireland

Dunmore East is a popular fishing village situated in County Waterford.

This charming seaside resort is home to beautiful headlines, coves and beaches and is known to be a particularly great spot for sea fishing!

Take in the beautiful sites from Dunmore East harbour, indulge in some local produce or, if you’re visiting in during the month of August, try to catch the renowned Bluegrass Festival!  

Skerries, Co. Dublin

must visit seaside towns in Ireland

Skerries is the ‘seaside capital’ of Fingal and is easily accessible via train from Dublin City Centre.

As one of the must visit seaside towns in Ireland, Skerries is home to a delightful harbour complete with colourful shop fronts and homes overlooking the waterfront.

From sea tours to paragliding and everything in between, this endearing town has so much to offer for locals and tourists alike.

Portrush, Co. Antrim

The small seaside resort of Portrush hosted the 148th Irish Open but, off the golf course, there are so many things to see and do!

Just over an hour’s drive from Belfast, this idyllic town features three beaches and is located along the Causeway Coastal Route.

Portrush has everything you could want and more – with charming shops, arcades and water sport opportunities available in abundance.

Greystones, Co. Wicklow

must visit seaside towns in Ireland

Just south of Bray Head is where you will find Greystones – a beautiful fishing village known for its welcoming atmosphere.

Whether you want to fish, row or check out a game of rugby; the seaside town of Greystones has everything you need!

If you’re in the mood to stretch your legs, try the Greystones to Bray cliff walk – this walk takes about 2 hours to complete and boasts some of the most stunning views of the east coast.

Baltimore, Co. Cork

Baltimore, Cork

Located along one of Ireland’s most beautiful coastlines, Baltimore in County Cork has earned its place on our list of must visit seaside towns in Ireland.

This small but lively port faces onto Roaringwater Bay and offers whale watching, snorkelling, sailing, kayaking and numerous Summertime festivals.

Interested in an adventure with a view? Take a stroll in the local Lough Hyne area or opt for a climb up Knockomagh Hill.

Kinvara, Co. Galway

Kinvara, Galway

Kinvara is Galway’s only prominent sea village and is situated at the head of Kinvara Bay.

The town boasts colourful buildings, traditional Irish pubs and bicycle rentals for those of you interested in exploring the town by bike.

This must visit seaside town is known for being fun loving and is home to the enchanting Dunguaire Castle.

We hope you enjoyed our list of must visit seaside towns in Ireland.

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If you’re hoping to tick a few of the above towns off your bucket list, get in touch with our team who are more than happy to help you organise your dream Irish getaway.