There are no officially designated naturist beaches or sites in Ireland. There was a fundamental change in the law on public nudity following the enactment of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017.This new Section replaced the old law on public indecency. The new law, which is similar to the law on public nudity in the UK, states that for an offence to be committed the person exposing him/herself must intend to cause fear, distress or alarm to another person.

Being naked in itself is not illegal under this law. It is our opinion that this law, in effect, enables the provision of official public naturist facilities at suitable beaches and bathing areas and that erecting signs such as “Beyond this point you may encounter nude bathers” will ensure that non naturist members of the public will not suffer fear, distrss or alarm. There is only one officially recognised naturist area in Ireland, Hawk Cliff, as listed below. Official signs advising the public that nude bathers may be encountered are due to be erected in 2018. Here are details of some other beaches and bathing places where naturism is tolerated. Apart from those listed, there are many more secluded beaches 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 use discretion and common sense in using any of the beaches and bathing places listed below. 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.

Leinster

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Munster

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Connaught

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Ulster & northern Ireland

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