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Fanore Beach sun set - Ireland's best beaches to Visit on Your Group Trip

Ireland’s best beaches… well, according to us

Ireland’s best beaches…well, according to us

As the temperatures keep rising – we wanted to give you the low down on Ireland’s best beaches to experience. We are a little biased of course ! All our choices are convenient to our Celtic group hostels in Dublin, Cork, Galway City, The Cliffs of Moher and Connemara…but they truly are stunning beaches. Check them out now


Here’s the lowdown on Ireland’s best beaches according to our staff:


Only a few miles outside our capital city:
North Coast:
Dollymount Strand, Portmarnock, Skerries, Laytown, Gormanstown, Bettystown
South Coast:
Sandymount, Dalkey, Killney, Bray


Easily accessible from our Sleepzone Burren Hostel:
Fanore (according to the Sleepzone guys – this is heaven and MUST) / Spanish Point / Lahinch
Doonbeg….. to name but a few.


Galway & Connemara ( including Aran Islands)
Where to begin?
Salthill Beach – Salthill Galway / Dogs Bay – Gurteen Bay Beaches – Roundstone, Galway
Silver Strand Beach – Barna Galway / Kilmurvey Beach, Inis Mhor, Aran Islands / Coral Strand, Ballyconnelly / Little Killary, Glassilaun / Tully Beach (Tra na mban)…we could go on for ever!


More stunning beaches on the South Coast:
West Cork :
Barleycove Beach / Garrylucas, Kinsale / Garretstown, Kinsale / Inchydoney Beach
East Cork:
Redbarn, Youghal Beach / Youghal Claycastle Beach / Garryvoe Beach

We could go on and on…but you get the idea spoiled for choice (well we are an Island which does help)!


Here’s some tips for a successful day at the beach with your group:
(1) Plan your route well. Our hostel staff are all very knowledgeable about how to get there. If you want to take the hassle out of travelling with a large group – we can organise coach transfers to pick you up and drop you off on your beach of choice at really good rates. Get in touch with us now.

(2) Picnic /Packed Lunches – stock up on your supplies for your beach trip; lots of drinks to keep hydrated / lots of goodies to keep you going. Or take the hassle out of planning it all and let us organise packed lunches delivered to your hostel for you take out with you for the day. Easy peasy!

(3) Take Ice Cream money; No day at the beach is complete without a 99 (our famous ice cream cone with the chocolate flake)!

(4) Don’t forget your buckets & spades and plenty of sun cream – when the sun comes out…yes it does get very hot. You don’t want to end up pink and sore!

Over to you guys now. Enjoy your day at the beach!

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