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UNOFFICIAL Naturist Locations in Munster

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.

CO. CORK

Clonakilty Bay

 

There are a number of quiet and secluded coves on the eastern and western sides of Clonakilty Bay which are very suitable for naturism. DUNOWEN also called DUNEEN ends at a rocky cliff, so there are very few passers by. Further out are DUNNY COVE and SANDS COVE. Further west towards Glandore lies the rocky PRISON COVE.
On the eastern side there is a suitable cove near the village of RING. Turn right over the bridge in the village and follow the road along the coast with Inchadoney Island across the channel on the right. After a while the road turns inland and uphill. Half way up this hill is a narrow lane on your right which leads almost to a sheltered rocky cove. Park and take the footpath leading around to the left and down.
Further along this hilly road is a sign for SIMON'S COVE which is along the headland to South Ring where a small lane leads to the sea. The Cove is protected by a reef but can be thick with stringy seaweed.
The shores of Roaring Water Bay past Lough Hyne, which is past Skibbereen, and the Beara peninsula have many deserted beaches.
    CAUTION: Beware of strong currents in this area.


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Long Strand

 


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This beach is west of Clonakilty Bay . Take the N71 road from Clonakilty towards Skibbereen for approximately six miles. Turn at the signpost for Owenachna and follow the sign for Long Strand. Go through the Hotel area and caravan park and continue on the coast road. As you come to the top of the hill you will see the beach stretching out before you. The beach and the dunes behind it are used by naturists. Discretion required especially at weekends.
    CAUTION: Beware of strong currents.

CO. KERRY

The next 4 beaches are on the DINGLE PENINSULA:

Inch

 

This beach is on the southern side of the peninsula and is one of the best in Ireland. It is more than two miles long and is backed by sand dunes. Walk for about half a mile until you are past the textile bathers.
Directions: Turn off the N70 road from Tralee at Castlemaine onto the R561. Continue for approximately 12 miles until you reach the village of Inch.


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Clogher Beach

 


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Clogher Head is on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula and is approximately 10 miles along the coast road (R559) from the town of Dingle. Nude bathing takes place on the southern side of the Head, and also just north of Clogher Beach about one mile away around the Head.
Another suitable place is a small bay between Clogher Head and Sybil Point. Access is by a narrow road off the R 559 leading to Dun An Oir.

Murreagh Strand

 

This beach is near the tip of the peninsula, on the northern side, approximately 6 miles from Clogher Head along the R559. The area on the western (Ballyferriter) side of a small stream is used by naturists.


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Stradbally Strand

 


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Stradbally is in Brandon Bay, on the northern side of the Peninsula.
Directions: Take the R559 and continue where it becomes the R560 to Castlegregory. Watch for the turn to Stradbally. Walk down the beach about 1 mile past the sign which says "Stradbally Strand".

Banna Strand

 

This beach is in Ballyheige Bay, north of the Dingle Peninsula.
Directions: Take the R551 from Tralee for approx 6 miles until you come to the Banna Beach Hotel. The hotel is near the main road to the beach. Go past the car parks and turn down a small road between the sand dunes. Walk down the beach.


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Beal Strand

 


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This beach is approximately six miles north of Ballybunion. It is a big beach so pick a secluded spot.
Directions: Take the R553 from Listowel then the R551 from Ballybunion. Turn off for Beal Point.

Ventry Beach

 

This beach is approximately five miles west of Dingle.
There are three entrances. The best one is the third entrance which is at the quiet end of the beach.
Directions: Drive through the village of Ventry and continue on until you come to a sharp right bend. On the bend there are two turns: one directly ahead and one to the left. Take the turn on the left. Follow the road until you come to the cemetery. Immediately after the cemetery there is a car park. From the car park walk onto the beach and turn right until you find a suitable place.


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