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Seaside Secrets: 50 best things to do along the coast of Ireland

From cool coves and hidden hikes to the best chips and ice cream, here's the ultimate guide to Ireland's coast...

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Trá Bán, Great Blasket Island. Photo: Fáilte Island

Trá Bán, Great Blasket Island. Photo: Fáilte Island

 Pól Ó Conghaile at Silver Strand, Co. Wicklow.

Pól Ó Conghaile at Silver Strand, Co. Wicklow.

Dunmore East, Co Waterford. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Dunmore East, Co Waterford. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Poll na bPeist

Poll na bPeist

Ireland's Eye, Howth, Co Dublin. Photo: Getty

Ireland's Eye, Howth, Co Dublin. Photo: Getty

Bite into a burger at The Strand, Cahore.

Bite into a burger at The Strand, Cahore.

An ultimate adventure on Inishowen. Photo: Bren Whelan

An ultimate adventure on Inishowen. Photo: Bren Whelan

Alcock & Brown's landing site at Derrygimlagh

Alcock & Brown's landing site at Derrygimlagh

Carlingford Greenway. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Carlingford Greenway. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Strandhill

Strandhill

Two walkers enjoy a stroll along the Great South Wall, which extends some 2km into Dublin Bay. In the near distance are the towers of the Pigeon House power station, a Dublin icon.

Two walkers enjoy a stroll along the Great South Wall, which extends some 2km into Dublin Bay. In the near distance are the towers of the Pigeon House power station, a Dublin icon.

Coast at Claddaghduff with Omey Island, Connemara

Coast at Claddaghduff with Omey Island, Connemara

Seaside treats at the Misunderstood Heron

Seaside treats at the Misunderstood Heron

Pure Camping, Loop Head, Co. Clare

Pure Camping, Loop Head, Co. Clare

View from inside a coastal watch station on Erris Head, Co Mayo. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

View from inside a coastal watch station on Erris Head, Co Mayo. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Heir island off the West Cork coast

Heir island off the West Cork coast

Dollar Bay, on Wexford's Hook Peninsula. Will you find the buried treasure? Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Dollar Bay, on Wexford's Hook Peninsula. Will you find the buried treasure? Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Blasket Islands

Blasket Islands

Nun's Beach, Ballybunion. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Nun's Beach, Ballybunion. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Tuck in at Maegden...

Tuck in at Maegden...

Tuck in at the Food Depot

Tuck in at the Food Depot

Bishop's Pool, Mullaghmore, Co Sligo

Bishop's Pool, Mullaghmore, Co Sligo

Atlantic Irish Seaweed - foraging in Kerry. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Atlantic Irish Seaweed - foraging in Kerry. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Scattery Island, Co. Clare. Photo: Erik Zanke, WestClare.net

Scattery Island, Co. Clare. Photo: Erik Zanke, WestClare.net

The Waterfall Caves at Duncrun Fishing Lakes

The Waterfall Caves at Duncrun Fishing Lakes

Located between Cape Clear and Mizen Head, the iconic Fastnet lighthouse, known as the teardrop of Ireland, has long been a symbol of West Cork

Located between Cape Clear and Mizen Head, the iconic Fastnet lighthouse, known as the teardrop of Ireland, has long been a symbol of West Cork

Seventh heaven: The magnificent Slieve League in Donegal

Seventh heaven: The magnificent Slieve League in Donegal

Inishturk. Photo: Getty Images

Inishturk. Photo: Getty Images

Slieve League

Slieve League

Ciara O'Halloran and her father Gerry, of Red Bank Food Company - among 21 seafood producers selected as members of the Taste the Atlantic – A Seafood Journey trail, developed by BIM in partnership with Failte Ireland. Picture: Sean Curtin True Media.

Ciara O'Halloran and her father Gerry, of Red Bank Food Company - among 21 seafood producers selected as members of the Taste the Atlantic – A Seafood Journey trail, developed by BIM in partnership with Failte Ireland. Picture: Sean Curtin True Media.

Cliff House Hotel

Cliff House Hotel

Shuck Off Oyster Workshop

Shuck Off Oyster Workshop

The Gobbins

The Gobbins

Clare Island

Clare Island

AndChips

AndChips

Café Perfection at Pudding Row

Café Perfection at Pudding Row

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Trá Bán, Great Blasket Island. Photo: Fáilte Island

When we see the sea, something clicks.

Round that last band, catch first sight of the water, feel the air on your face, taste the salt on your lips. It's a chemical reaction. It carbonates us.

Why? Of course, there's the obvious stuff. The sense of escape, the views, the stolen moments. The fact that good weather is so rare, we know to treasure it.


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