MUNSTER NATURIST BEACHES &LOCATIONS
Please be very careful if you go swimming at any of the locations listed below. Please do not swim alone!
Some of the places listed are remote and may have currents or rip tides which are not immediately visible. Please heed any warnings given.
Please study the Water Safety tips listed here https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a00ea-summer-water-safety/ before using any these locations
This beach is off the N25 Youghal to Dungarvan Rd. Turn off at Clashmore Cross (51.974791, -7.805200) which is near a Discount Fuelspetrol station, about 13km from Youghal and 12km from Dungarvan. You must turn off the N25 and then go back under the road onto the R671. Caliso Bay is about 5 km from the turn off. When you get to the car park the naturist section of the beach is on the right.
GPS Coordinates: 51.942316, -7.80364
Nearest Town: Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Important Note: Beware of strong currents here. Always swim parallel to the shore.
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.
Duneen Bay: 51.5746341, -8.8838558
Sands Cove: 51.5527243, -8.9007817
Prison Cove: 51.5507395, -9.0976209
Simon’s Cove: 51.5940751, -8.8261376
Nearest Town: Clonakilty, Co. Cork
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.
GPS Coordinates: 51.5607091, -8.9782759
Nearest Town: Clonakilty, Co. Cork
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 until you reach the village of Inch.
GPS Coordinates: 52.142591, -9.981069
Nearest Town: Tralee, Co. Kerry
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.
GPS Coordinates: 52.15694, -10.459783
Nearest Town: Dingle, Co. Cork
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.
GPS Coordinates: 52.176958, -10.363011
Nearest Town: Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry
Stradbally is in Brandon Bay, on the northern side of the Peninsula. 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”.
GPS Coordinates: 52.254924, -10.070155
Nearest Town: Stradbally. Co. Kerry
This beach is in Ballyheige Bay, north of the Dingle Peninsula. 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.
GPS Coordinates: 52.338411 -9.83463
Nearest Town: Tralee, Co. Kerry
This beach is approximately six miles north of Ballybunion. It is a big beach so pick a secluded spot. Take the R553 from Listowel then the R551 from Ballybunion. Turn off for Beal Point.
GPS Coordinates: 52.573881 -9.630963
Nearest Town: Ballybunion, Co. Kerry
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. 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.
GPS Coordinates: 52.121664 -10.37727
Nearest Town: Dingle, Co. Kerry
Byrne’s Cove, Kilkee
This beach is on the Atlantic coast of Clare. Take the N68 from Ennis to Kilrush. Continue for approximately 8 miles to Kilkee. Byrne’s Cove is about a half mile from the main beach area. Travel past the pier at the East end and continue past the golf club entrance. You soon run out of road but park here and continue on the path for 100 yards. Cross over the bridge and immediately go left. You soon find the steps down to the cove. This is best visited when the tide is in for swimming purposes. It is a rocky cove with flat areas for sunbathing and a small pier for access to the water.
GPS Coordinates:52.67794 -9.650783
Nearest Town: Kilkee, Co. Clare
This lake has three small sandy beaches. The first beach is used as a picnic area. The second beach is reached by walking along the path on the right hand side of the lake. A third hidden beach can be reached by wading across a small stretch of shallow water. This is ideal for naturism. It is also very safe for children. Directions: Approximately one mile north of the village of Flagmount, which is not far from the Clare / Galway border, turn into the forest at the picnic area sign and continue until you reach the first beach. If the forestry gate is closed you must walk the driveway to the first beach. Here walk to the right and follow the path until you come to a stream which you must cross. The naturist area is on the other side of the stream.
GPS Coordinates: 53.005109 -8.647832
Nearest Town: Flagmount. Co. Clare