Ireland is considered THE green island of Europe, and those who think of Ireland often have lush green meadows on one side and barren, stony landscapes on the other in their minds. But the island state has more to offer than this and old castle ruins. Because even if Ireland is certainly not necessarily considered the main destination for a sunny beach vacation, so you can find especially on the west coast but some really pretty beaches, which are quite suitable for a jump in the Atlantic and the otherwise most beautiful beaches in the world in nothing inferior.
The island can benefit from the North Atlantic Current, which extends the Gulf Stream and thus carries warm water directly past Ireland. The current gives the residents lush meadows, good conditions for agriculture and Ireland as a particularly close to the North Atlantic Current lying area very special opportunities. Thus one meets, if one bspw. between Ballybunion, Tralee, Kenmare and the ring OF Kerry on the way is, even on palms – no joke!
Sun, beach and palm trees in Kerry
Anyway, County Kerry in the southwest of the island is known for its abundance of beaches -whether in Ballybunion near the Shannon or elsewhere. Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsula is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Ireland. It is five kilometers long and offers a fascinating view of the partly rough Atlantic Ocean on one side and is framed by lush greenery and majestic mountain ranges on the other. The fine sand and crystal clear water here attract mainly surfers and kayakers who enjoy the sea on sunny days. Since the water at this point is somewhat colder and the temperatures are below the 20 degree mark, there tend to be fewer bathers here even in the warm season.
Who wants to plunge into the floods, on the other hand, is in summer at Derrynane Beach in Caherdaniel a little better off. The beach is very extensive, surrounded by rugged coastline and white dunes, and is patrolled by lifeguards during the bathing season, weather permitting. The Blue Flag, which flies here as a seal of approval from the Foundation for Environmental Education, is a sign of first-class water quality as well as safety and environmental protection – incidentally, it can be found on 83 beaches in Ireland, almost twice as often as in Germany. But this area also has a lot to offer away from the beach, and Caherdaniel and the surrounding area are an excellent example of why the Ring of Kerry, a 179-kilometer panoramic coastal road, is so popular.
Dolphins and steep cliffs
For those who like it a little rougher, you’ll find it in Northern Ireland at Portrush, on Whiterocks Beach. Here white chalk cliffs rise from nature and dolphins as well as whales sometimes cavort in the water just a few meters from the shore. While in the off-season many students live here who attend the university in neighboring Coleraine, in the summer they make room for tourists. In addition to a total of two bathing beaches, Portsrush also offers a small amusement park and Kelly’s, reputedly the largest discotheque on the Irish island. While golfers can hit their balls on one of the most elite golf clubs in Great Britain, the Royal Portrush Golf Club, excursions to the Giant’s Causeway, the Bushmills Whisky Brewery as well as the Dunluce Castle are offered.
In the northern west of the Irish island, a trip to Achill Island is recommended – an insider tip that has long since ceased to be one. The peninsula is strongly fissured and at each corner one finds dream beaches like e.g. the Keem Bay in the County Mayo, at which likewise the blue flag blows. Here, supervised swimming, snorkeling and surfing are the order of the day. Or just a walk through the idyll of Ireland’s largest island. The beach itself is nestled between hills about 200 to 450 meters high, so before relaxing, a winding descent is first necessary. On the other hand, those who would rather advance to lofty heights will find the steepest cliffs in Ireland here, with the Cliffs of Croughaun, after a steep climb on undesignated trails to Achill Head.
The Irish Caribbean
While Keem Bay attracts many visitors by Irish standards in fine weather, also in County Mayo, south of Achill Island, you’ll find White Strand at Corragaun. Already the way here leads over small and narrow country roads, the closer villages consist mostly only of a handful of buildings incl. pub and guesthouse. The whole area as well as the beach itself is surrounded by an almost eerie silence. The White Beach is about 2 kilometers long and up to 500 meters wide, but tourists are looking here almost in vain. Instead, you will find peace, which is interrupted only by the unusually gentle lapping of the Atlantic Ocean.
Finally, our highlights: Dog’s Bay as well as Dog’s Bay Beach, two directly adjacent beaches in Ervallagh, near Roundstone in County Galway. The beaches flank a small headland once to the north and once to the south, with both bays lying behind the coastline and thus protected from the often rough Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can expect here incredibly white, fine sand and the sea is also due to its shallow depth within the two bays clear and bright blue, so that memories of the Caribbean arise immediately.