Packing up the car and hitting the open road in search nature on a Sunday seems to something of an Irish tradition these days. Being such a small island that Ireland is it means that the coast line is always within driving distance. Even now some beaches across the country still allow driving, both seasonally and year round, giving those with 4×4 capabilities an unconventional alternative to the usual Sunday drive. To inspire you to see Ireland's coasts any time of the year here are 10 beaches around the country to take visit on a Sunday Drive.
1. Inch Beach, Kerry
The Blue Flag Inch Beach spans for 5 kilometres and is the perfect place with an easy gradient and plenty of space providing a safe environment for all types of water sports including Surfing, Kayaking, Windsurfing, Kite Surfing, Hangliding and Fishing.
2. Tramore Beach, Waterford
Meaning ‘Big Strand’, Tramore is one of the most aptly named towns in the region, with its famous 5km golden, sandy beach surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and one of the region’s most popular resorts.The long, rolling waves in Tramore attract swimmers and of course, surfers. Surf lessons and equipment are available locally. Sailing lessons and sea kayaking are also available.
3. Inchydoney Beach, Cork
The Blue Flag beach at Inchydoney Island, just a few miles from Clonakilty, is renowned not only as one of the most family friendly beaches in West Cork but also as one of the most beautiful. With vast expanses of sand, dunes and excellent surfing conditions there really is something for everyone.
4.Curracloe Beach, Wexford
Curracloe Beach in County Wexford is one of the most popular beaches in Ireland. Located 2KM away from Curracloe Village, this soft-sand beach is frequented by sunbathers and nature-lovers alike.
5. Portmarnock Beach, Dublin
The Velvet Strand is a wide strand of sandy beach located in Portmarnock, North Dublin. It is five miles long and stretches all the way to Baldoyle and adjoins Malahide Beach. It has a lovely view of the Dublin Mountains and Howth Harbour.
6. Lahinch Beach, Clare
Lahinch Beach is located a short drive from the Cliffs of Moher and is therefore very popular with locals and tourists alike. The flooding tide makes it ideal for surfing, sea kayaking and kite surfing and there are a few surfing schools in the local area.
7. Derrynane beach, Kerry
Derrynane Beach is a lovely sheltered sandy beach with a natural harbour. It is a Blue Flag Beach which is lifeguarded during the bathing season. Located on the Ring Of Kerry the beach is located two miles from the village of Caherdaniel.
8. Killahoey Beach, Donegal
Located close to the town of Dunfanaghy on the northern coast of County Donegal, Killahoey beach consists of a sandy beach with a large inflowing estuary including a large mud flat at the east of the beach. The catchment area is an idyllic location for bird watching.
9. Brittas Bay, Wicklow
Brittas Bay is one of the finest beaches on the East Coast. Brittas Bay has a 5km stretch of beautiful white sand dunes and clean beaches. With no headlands to interfere with the peaceful rhythm, it is ideal for bathing, sailing and walking. Brittas has a 2mile/3.2km stretch of powdery sand and sand dune system which is a designated area of significant interest.
10. Seapoint Beach, Dublin
Seapoint beach opens to the north and consists mainly of large rocks and sand. It is located near Dun Laoghaire in County Dublin. The beach is flat and shallow and the area is suitable for swimming at high tide. Beside the beach is the Seapoint Martello Tower, this was part of a network of 28 sites that were built to defend Dublin from Napoleonic invasion in the early nineteenth century and is a protected structure