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UNOFFICIAL Naturist Locations in Connaught

There are no officially approved naturist beaches or sites in Ireland. Nude swimming or sunbathing on a public beach or in a public place is, therefore, illegal. Please bear this in mind at all times. However, provided you use discretion and common sense, you should have no problems. No member of the Irish Naturist Association has ever been prosecuted for naturist activities.

Here are details of some beaches and bathing places where naturism is tolerated. Apart from those listed, there are many more secluded beaches, particularly along western and south-western coasts, where you could have the beach to yourself all day.

Some of the beaches and bathing places are recommended with reservations - please take care and heed all warnings given. Please also be discreet. Naturism is not as accepted in Ireland as it is in many other European countries. The Irish Naturist Association accepts no responsibility if you encounter problems.


   Please also heed any warnings regarding currents and tides.


Silver Strand

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This beach is halfway between Galway and Barna.
Directions: Take the Galway-Spiddal road (R336) until you come to Barna, approximately four miles from Galway city, where there is a petrol station beside a caravan park. The road swings to the left. On the bend you will see a sign for Silver Strand. Take this turn and drive to the end of the road. The area used for naturism is to the right where you can see a small point or headland. To get there walk for 15 or 20 minutes along the stones or on the rough path behind the wall nearby.



This beach is in Westport Bay and is approximately five miles from Westport.
Directions: Take the R335 from Westport towards Louisburg. After passing the village of Murrisk take the next turn to Bartraw Beach which is on a small peninsula. Use the eastern side of the peninsula.

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Trawmore Sand

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This long beach is on Achill Island. It was sandy but has now become very rocky. Use the eastern end of the beach at Dookinelly.
Directions: Take the R319 from Achill Sound towards Keel for approximately five miles. There is a turn off for Dookinelly. You can also get there from Keel by a long walk up the beach.

Keem Strand

This fine beach is also on Achill Island. Although it is not secluded it is frequently used by naturist foreign visitors. A small area among the rocks at the northern end of the beach is suitable.
Directions: Keem lies at the very end of the R319 from Achill Sound. Park in the car park and walk onto the beach.

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Old Head

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This beach is in Clew Bay near Louisburgh, approximately ten miles west of Westport. There is a small secluded cove north of the main beach which is used by naturists.
Directions: Take the R335 from Westport towards Louisburgh. The road follows the coastline. Watch for the turn to Old Head before Louisburgh


Yellow Strand


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This fine long beach is on the northern side of Sligo Bay, near Drumcliff Bay.
Directions: Take the N15 from Sligo for approximately 6 miles. Turn off just past Drumcliff towards the village of Carney. Just before Carney take the minor road in the direction of Knocklane which is on the tip of the headland. About half a mile before the road ends at Knocklane, which has only a few cottages and caravans, take a left turn. Continue on straight until the road ends at a gate beside a barn. Park here and walk up the beach.
   CAUTION: Beware of currents.

Trawalua Strand


This long beach is on the western side of Mullaghmore Head, south of Roskeragh Point. Naturists use the more secluded northern and southern ends, particularly during the week. Discretion is required at weekends.
Directions: Take the main N15 Sligo - Bundoran road for approximately 15 miles until you come to the village of Cliffony. Turn off onto the R279 towards Mullaghmore. Just after this road veers to the right there is a small turn left which leads to the beach. Park at the end of the road near a football pitch and walk over the sand dunes onto the beach.
   CAUTION: Beware of currents.

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Here is a lovely picture taken by one our members on Trawalua Beach.

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