Top Sea Swim Locations In Ireland
Swims To Take Your Breath Away
Swimming in the sea is something that has really kicked off in recent years and is forever growing in popularity. Taking the plunge into the sea brings a vast array of mental and physical health benefits. Walk by the coasts across the country and you see how sea swimming has become an integral part of the lives of so many people in Ireland.
Swimming in the sea can boost your immune system, improve circulation and have a lasting impact on your mental health. Another great benefit with sea swimming is the release of endorphins to make us feel good and which can help to reduce our levels of stress and anxiety.
If you are looking to take up sea swimming or to explore a new location, take a few minutes to read through our top sea swimming spot recommendations.
The Forty Foot, Dublin
The Forty Foot would be considered as one of Ireland’s best known swimming spots. The Forty Foot is located in Dún Laoghaire and is easily reached by car, train, bus or bike. Christmas day dips at the Forty Foot have become a longstanding Dublin tradition. Though you will find people launching themselves from the rocks into the water from sunrise to sunset every day throughout the year.
Pollock Holes, Clare
The Pollock Holes is one of the most incredible places along the Wild Atlantic Way and is home to a variety of marine life. It is often recommended to go swimming within an hour or two of low tide which allows you to see the crystal clear water that the tidal pools have to offer.
The Blackrock diving tower (pictured at top of blog) is one of Galway’s most iconic landmarks which allows swimmers to take the plunge into the Atlantic. This diving tower and the surrounding sea is a popular spot that brings in crowds of people throughout the summer months. It has a fantastic atmosphere but probably not the best spot if you’re looking for a quiet peaceful swim.
Rougey Rocks, Donegal
This stunning swimming spot is located just north of Bundoran in Donegal. Walking along the Rougey Rocks cliff walk will bring you to a pair of sea stacks that lean out over a thin deep inlet, making it an ideal diving spot. Rougey Rocks has one of the last remaining springboards in Ireland which draws in the crowds that come and test their bravery by jumping off the ledge.
Swimming under the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is without a doubt an item to add to the bucket list. The swim is a kilometre long and allows you to explore the Causeway Coast in a different and exciting way. You’ll be able to hear the screams and cheers of tourists overhead as they cross the famous rope bridge. The views from the water are breath taking however due to the tidal currents and rocky surrounds it is only recommended for stronger swimmers.
Solomon’s Hole, Wexford
Solomon’s Hole at Hook head is a natural salt-water pool which is completely surrounded by rock. With its abundance of sea life and remarkable geology, Hook Head is one of the top places in Ireland for scuba diving as well as swimming.
Spring, summer and autumn are often great seasons to start swimming. By the time winter comes, you will be well used to the cold waters across Ireland and it will be less of a shock to your body.
If you are thinking of making the plunge into the sea remember to be safe. Know your limits when it comes to spending time in the water and warm up slowly when you get out. Consider swimming with a swim buoy for added protection and always tell your family/friends before you head out into the water. Make sure to bring plenty of warm clothes to wrap yourself up with when you get out and don’t forget to bring a hot drink to enjoy.
We hope you have enjoyed our blog on Ireland’s top sea swimming locations. Swimming in the sea can be an enjoyable activity and the perfect way to boost your endorphins. At Chill, we are all about celebrating and enjoying the good things in life. If you would be interested in receiving a quote for life insurance, please call our dedicated team on 014003400 or get a Quick Quote at the top of this page.