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Beach in Lahinch, Ireland

Ireland has a stunning coastline with many picturesque and idyllic seaside towns that are worth visiting. These towns are like something straight out of a movie – think promenades to stroll, ice cream to lick, the Irish ocean to swim in, and even pubs to sup down a pint in! Here are seven seaside towns to consider visiting in Ireland on your next trip:

1. Dingle

Located on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, this small fishing town is surrounded by rugged cliffs and stunning beaches. Dingle is known for its colorful houses, traditional Irish music, and excellent seafood.

Stay at: 2nd Green, a stone’s throw from the glorious, secluded and sandy Dooks beach on Dingle Bay.

2. Galway

This vibrant city on the west coast of Ireland is home to the famous Salthill Promenade, a seaside promenade that offers stunning views of Galway Bay. Galway is also known for its traditional Irish music scene and its lively pubs.

Stay at: Garafin House,

3. Kinsale

This picturesque town in County Cork is situated on the estuary of the River Bandon and is known for its gourmet food scene. Kinsale is also a popular spot for sailing, fishing, and water sports.

Stay at: The Lookout, an exclusive luxury penthouse property that occupies a truly romantic location on Kinsale’s harbour.

4. Lahinch

This small town in County Clare is home to one of Ireland’s most popular surfing beaches. Lahinch is also known for its lively pubs and music scene.

5. Portrush

This seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland is known for its sandy beaches and scenic coastline. Portrush is also home to the famous Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

6. Bundoran

This small town in County Donegal is a popular spot for surfing and other water sports. Bundoran also has a lively nightlife scene with plenty of pubs and restaurants.

7. Bray

This charming town in County Wicklow is located just south of Dublin and is known for its long sandy beach and scenic coastal walkway. Bray is also home to the iconic Bray Head, a hill with stunning views over the Irish Sea.

These are just a few of the many seaside towns worth visiting in Ireland, each with its own unique attractions and charm.

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