LEINSTER NATURIST BEACHES & LOCATIONS
This extensive beach is a long, secluded, shallow, mostly sandy beach located on the northern shore of the Boyne Estuary and nestles against the intact dune landscape near Baltray. The highlight of the beach in recent years has been the hull of a shipwreck, the Irish Trader. However, the Irish Sea has diminished the wreck over time. Nonetheless, the remnants are still worth a look.
Access from Drogheda is via the R167 in the direction of Baltray village. Continue through the village passing County Louth Golf Club on the left. Veer left at the fairy mounds to parking area approximately 200 metres away. A walk of half an hour from the carpark is required to reach the Irish Trader, although it is visible as soon as you exit the dunes onto the strand.
Discretion is required at times as beach is used also by walkers.
Nearest Town: Baltray, Co. Louth
This beach is near the village of Donabate in north Co. Dublin. Exit the M1 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.
Nearest Town: Malahide, Co. Dublin
This was for many years a traditional male only naturist bathing place. It is still predominantly, but no longer exclusively, used by men. 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.
Important Notes: Steep path down to beach.
Nearest Town: Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
This 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 Rd). The bathing place is signposted. Walk across the footbridge and follow the path. To the left is the path down to the changing huts and diving board. This area is shared by naturists and textile bathers. A small cove around the rocks to the right (south) is also used by naturists.
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have agreed to erect official signs advising the public that they may encounter nude bathers but have not yet given us a date when this will take place.
Important Notes: Steep path down to beach.
Nearest Town: Dalkey, Co. Dublin
This is accessed from the parking area further along the Vico Road from Hawk Cliff. Follow any of the paths leading from the parking area down to the pedestrian bridge over the railway and take the steps down to the beach from there. This area is used by naturists early in the morning only.
Important Notes: The INA recommends the use of this beach on mornings only.
Nearest Town: Killiney, Co. Dublin
Magheramore Beach 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 meters north of the entry point to the beach.
Nearest Town: Wicklow
Turn off the main Dublin – Wexford (M11) motorway at Exit 19. Go down this road 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 Buckroney at a road junction. At the junction, there is a small gate. Walk through the gate and follow the path for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can drive on until you come to a small car park beside a path down to the beach.
Important Notes: Sallymount is known for strong currents.
Nearest Town: Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow
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. Park in the car park and walk south along the edge of the wood for 10 or 15 minutes. This secluded part of the beach near Raven Wood nature reserve Wood is regularly used by naturists. Discretion is required at weekends.
Important Notes: The INA recommends discretion during weekends and peak season.
Nearest Town: Wexford