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The island of Ireland is surrounded by over 1,450km (901mi) of coastline. Counties all across Ireland and Northern Ireland are home to breathtaking views. Whether you’re looking for a city break, a country escape or a combination of both, Here are the best coastal destinations on the island.
Fortunately, there are also many wonderful places to stay in Ireland’s most beautiful coastal destinations. When you’ve settled on your perfect seaside spot, we’re sure you’ll find something in our top picks of Airbnbs and Holiday Rentals across the country.
Situated directly on Galway Bay, Galway city is a quaint Irish getaway with all the excitement of a small city. Walk along the beautiful coastline out to Galway Harbour Lighthouse, and get a lovely view of the ocean and the coastline on a sunny day. Galway also has excellent pubs in the city centre, such as the King’s Head Pub that serves up some delicious fish and chips. Walk even further along the coast and you’ll find Salthill, home to Leisureland, an amusement centre open all year round.
Located in magnificent County Kerry, the town of Dingle is the quintessential Irish seaside town. Dingle is the perfect romantic getaway or family vacation, with activities and sights for people of all ages. Families and couples alike will love the ferry out to Dingle Bay to see Fungie the dolphin. Fungie is the bay’s only inhabiting bottlenose dolphin, and he enjoys swimming alongside the boats. Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium also has an impressive assortment of sharks, penguins, reptiles and more.