Islands & Coasts of Ireland

The stunning Irish coast varies in character along its entire length, and offers walking options to meet the needs of every type of walker. Tranquil, sandy beaches often stretch for miles before ending abruptly at rocky headlands or soaring cliffs. The most dramatic sections of are to be found along the exposed western and northern coastlines which are continuously being sculpted by the Atlantic Ocean.

Most of Ireland's larger offshore islands can be reached by making use of scheduled ferry services from the mainland. Others are connected to the mainland by bridges, and there is even one accessible by a cable car. It is also possible to access some of the smaller using locally-owned, private boats and tour boats.

Coastal areas are listed below in geographical order following the Irish coastline in a clockwise direction starting from the area containing Ireland's most northerly point.

  Inishowen Coast

  East Foyle Coast

  Causeway Coast

  East Antrim Coast

  North Down Coast

  Ards, Strangford & Lecale Coast

  Mourne Coast

  Cooley Coast

  South Louth Coast

  Meath Coast

  North Dublin Coast

  South Dublin Coast

  Wicklow Coast

  North Wexford Coast

  South Wexford Coast

  Waterford Coast

  East Cork Coast

  Cork Harbour Coast

  South Cork Coast

  Mizen Coast

  Sheep's Head Coast

  Beara Coast

  Iveragh Coast

  Dingle Coast

  North Kerry Coast

  Limerick Coast

  South Clare Coast

  Loop Head Coast

  West Clare Coast

  Burren Coast

  Aran Islands

  East Galway Coast

►   Connemara Coast

  South Mayo Coast

  Achill, Corraun & Ballycroy Coast

►   Northwest Mayo Coast

  Northeast Mayo Coast

  Sligo Coast

  Leitrim Coast

  Donegal Bay Coast

►   Southwest Donegal Coast

  Northwest Donegal Coast

  Horn Head & Ards Coast

  Rosguil Coast

  Fanad Coast