There are so many beaches to discover in Ireland but it is often the hidden ones that prove to be the most exciting and memorable. What’s more, a hidden beach could mean having a whole stretch of sand, water and views to yourself. With that in mind, below is a list of 15 Hidden Beaches in Ireland to keep in your back pocket as you explore Ireland this summer.

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15 Hidden Beaches in Ireland to Discover

1. Trá Bán (Irish for ‘White Beach’), County Kerry

It is safe to say that you will have no trouble finding a great beach along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way; however, if you are looking for one that lies off the beaten path then look no further than Trá Bán. A modest and well-kept beach on Great Blasket Island, Trá Bán is a gem of a place and very much worth the short trip across the water.

Find out the latest hotel deals in Kerry and enjoy a trip to Trá Bán.

2. Rathmullan Beach, County Donegal

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Known by locals and those staying at nearby Rathmullan House, Rathmullan beach is a small yet perfectly formed beach that lies further along from Rathmullan Harbour and only a short distance from the local pub for a pint after a leisurely walk along the beach.

Check out the latest hotel deals in Donegal and plan a trip to Rathmullan and other beaches in the area.

3. Silver Strand, Skerkin Island, County Cork

Lying off the west coast of Ireland, Skerkin Island has the ruins of a Franciscan Abbey and artists’ studios based on it, not to mention the stunning Silver Strand. The beautiful sanded beach is often empty and affords gorgeous views across to nearby Cape Clear Island.

Plan your day trip to Skerkin Island by checking out the latest Cork hotel deals today.

4. Portally, County Waterford

Hidden within a small cove between Dunmore and Tramore, Portally beach could almost be missed. The rugged cliffs and surrounding countryside make it a wonderful beach to visit and it is the type of place where time could so easily be forgotten.

Organise a trip to Portally beach and make sure to check out the lastest Waterford hotel deals today.

5. Carnivan beach, County Wexford

Carnivan is a secluded beach based several kilometres from the town of Fethard-on-Sea, hidden within a quiet cove surrounded by clifftops. The beach connects to the more well-known Baginbun beach along a narrow coastal walk.

Take a look at the latest Wexford hotel deals today and plan your trip to Carnivan.

6. Whitestrand, County Clare

White Strand, Doonbeg, is a secluded Blue Flag beach located within an increasingly popular part of County Clare. The white-sanded beach is perfect for long, lazy summer days with its clear blue waters and with plenty of space to sunbathe. The beach is based within a designated Natural Heritage Area of ecological importance and also a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) which makes it very unique and special.

Find out the latest Clare hotel deals today and plan your trip to Whitestrand.

7. Kinnagoe Bay, County Donegal

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Lying in a remote part of County Donegal, Kinnagoe Bay is otherworldly with its beautifully coloured waters and views overlooking the Atlantic and distant Scottish isles. The walk down to the beach does require a steep descent and some hard work but the effort will made all the more worthwhile once you have reached the beach.

Plan a trip to Kinnagoe Bay and book the latest hotel deals in Donegal today.

8. Whiterocks Beach, County Antrim

Tucked away along Ireland’s dramatic north coast, Whiterocks beach is often bypassed for the more popular Portrush Strand that lies further along the coast. However, with its limestone cliffs, exotic white sand, quiet surroundings and clear waters, it is a difficult beach to beat on a warm summer’s day.

Check out the latest hotel deals in Antrim and plan your trip to Whiterocks Beach.

9. Dog’s Bay, County Galway

It is hard to believe you are in Ireland when looking out over Dog’s Bay, a remote beach situated off-piste along the west coast of Ireland. The beach’s pure-white sands and turquoise waters could almost be mistaken for the south of France or a Greek island, especially on a hot sunny day.

Find out the latest Galway hotel deals today and plan a trip to Dog’s Bay.

10. Glanleam Beach, County Kerry

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Based within a quiet cove on Valentia Island in County Kerry, Glanleam Beach is as secluded and peaceful as they come. Just moments away from the Glanleam House estate and its subtropical gardens, the beach is an absolute bonus and offers wonderful swims with its warmer waters from the gulf stream.

Check out the latest Kerry hotel deals and spend time at Glanleam Beach.

11. Silver Strand beach, County Wicklow

The same name as the County Kerry version above,  Silver Strand in County Wicklow is just as special and even comes with more seclusion given the beach is private and only open to those staying at specific local local camping and camper-van parks.

Plan your trip to Silver Strand beach by checking out today’s hotel deals in Wicklow.

12. Annagh Bay, County Mayo

Situated in the northern part of Achill Island, Annagh Bay is only accessible by foot or boat, making it one of the most remote beaches to be found in Ireland. A strong tide makes the waters too treacherous to swim in; however, a paddle and wander along the beach is more than enough to make the journey worthwhile.

Find the latest hotel deals in Mayo and plan your trip to Annagh Bay.

13. Dunmoran Beach, County Sligo

With views across to the impressive Benbulben mountains and lesser trodden sands, Dunmoran is a unique beach that feels very much away from it all. The beach is just 25 kilometres from Sligo town and near sleepy villages for a spot of lunch or a drink.

Check out the latest hotel deals in Sligo and organise your trip to Dunmoran Beach.

14. Murder’s Hole, County Donegal

Murder’s Hole, a beach only accessible at low tide and after a trek across the surrounding countryside, does require some stamina to get to. Although, once there you will be rewarded by a peaceful spread of sand (most likely to yourself) and the sight of the ocean spread out in front of you.

Plan your trip to Murder’s Hole by looking at the latest Donegal hotel deals here.

15.  Mrytleville Beach, County Cork

Based within the small town of Myrtleville in west Cork, Mrytleville beach is a spot worth seeking out for its turquoise waters and golden stretch of sand. On sunny evenings the beach spoils visitors with the greatest sunsets.

Check out Mrytleville Beach by searching for the latest hotel deals in Cork.

Find Yourself a Hidden Beach This Summer.

Have any other hidden beaches not mentioned above? Feel free to suggest any in the comment section below.


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