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.
This fine beach is near the village of Donabate in north Co. Dublin, off the main Dublin-Belfast M1 motorway. Driving from Dublin go past the Airport and past the town of Swords. Leave the motorway at Junction 4 and follow the signs for Donabate. This road leads through the village of Donabate and on to the beach. Drive onto the beach and park as far down as possible. Beware of soft sand. Walk further down the beach for 15 to 20 minutes. This area is known as CORBALLIS and is used by naturists.
This was for many years a traditional male only naturist bathing place. It is now only usually full of textile bathers. male and female. Some men still swim naked there but get dressed immediately they come out of the water. It is situated just outside the town of Dun Laoghaire, 8 miles south of Dublin. In Dun Laoghaire follow the signposts for the ferry port. Continue along the coast road until you come to the Martello Tower. The Forty Foot is nearby.
Hawk Cliff is a small bathing place just outside the village of Dalkey, not far from Dun Laoghaire. In Dalkey turn onto Sorrento Rd. and then turn right onto the coast road (Vico Road). The bathing place is signposted. Walk across the footbridge and follow the path. To the left there is a path down to the changing huts and diving board. It is predominantly nudist from Monday to Friday until the afternoon (and also in the evenings, but less), and on week-ends you can see a good mix of textiles and nudists. To the right there is a path down to a rocky cove.
White Rock Beach
Brittas Bay is a popular camping and caravanning resort. The main beach is textile. The naturist beach, which is long and sandy, is south of the main beach. Put Sallymount into Google Maps for directions or exit the M11 Motorway at Junction 19 at (Jack Whites Pub). Go down the road at the side of the pub towards the coast until you can go no further. Turn right and follow the coast for about 1¾ miles until you come to a collection of fir trees and gateposts marked Buckrooney at a road junction. At the junction there is a small grey gate. Walk through the gate and follow the path to the naturist part of the beach. Alternatively you can drive on until you come to a small car park beside a path down to the beach. The path is rough and can be soggy. Once you are on the beach turn left and walk for about 15 minutes until you see fencing up on the dunes past the sixth in a line of lifebuoys. Between the fencing and the stream further along the beach is the naturist area. You can swim sunbathe and walk around in comfort on the beach or in the dunes. GPS co-ordinates are 52.853131, -6.087135.
Magheramore Beach is 7.5km south of Wicklow Town on the R750 coastal road, approximately half way between Wicklow Town and the Main Brittas Bay beach. GPS coordinates 52.932472, -6.031549 will bring you to the parking area. You will see a barrier at the entrance to a lane, go through here and walk a little over 500 meters to reach the entrance to the beach. Turn left and walk north for about 200 meters to reach the popular naturist area.
It is small, secluded and very sheltered from the general public due to its location and access point a little over 500 meters down a lane off the main road. The beach is cove-like in nature with the softest of fine golden sand, not a pebble or stone to be found. The slope of the beach is slow and gradual making it safe for swimmers of all levels. The resulting shallow water supports warmer water temperatures. In recent times, naturists have started using the most northern end of this beach, just beyond the rocks that project out, approximately 200 metres north of the entry point to the beach.
The village of Curracloe is approximately 5 miles north of Wexford town or 10 miles from Enniscorthy. From Wexford access is via the R741/742 road. From Enniscorthy take the R744 road to Blackwater and then south on the L304. The coastline in this area is one long beach. There is a wooded area at the south end of Curracloe beach.