Wild Swimming Experiences In County Clare
Wild swimming is a wonderful way to discover an area of outstanding natural beauty and here, in County Clare, we are surrounded by amazing places to dive in to this popular pastime.
A dip in the sea on the beautiful West Coast of Ireland will be a truly memorable moment in your life as you embrace the opportunity to spot local wildlife and benefit from the magical sea air. If you prefer freshwater swimming, the stunning freshwater lakes in this area will beckon, and we’ve even got indoor options for when the climate isn’t up to outdoor bathing.
Swimming In County Clare: The Best Spots
Here’s our quick guide to finding the best swimming locations in County Clare.
- Blue Flag beaches. Blue Flag awards demonstrate the highest standards of water quality, education and information about the beach and environmental management, so we’re very proud that nine of the beautiful beaches in County Clare have met these rigorous criteria. Many of our sandy beaches offer great surfing and watersports opportunities, and we believe that there’s something very special about swimming in the waters that lap on these stunning shores. Fanore Beach, North of Doolin, has golden sand dunes and beautiful flora and fauna, as well as irresistible paddling and swimming for all ages. Great swimming opportunities in a quieter area may be found at the smaller Whitestrand beach, off the N67 to Lahinch. Spanish Point offers Blue Flag waters and great opportunities for surfing, and Lahinch beach itself has a traditional promenade as well as a crescent shaped sandy beach with excellent swimming.
- Freshwater lakes. You’ll be surrounded by incredible wildlife when you head to the Lough Derg Nature Trail and take a dip in the Mountshannon. You’ll find a lakeside bathing area on the banks of Lough Derg, one of Ireland’s largest freshwater lakes, and the restorative water and peaceful scenery will wash your cares away. You can take a picnic, and explore the pier and marina areas if you’re in the mood, and you can enjoy swimming with the family in the knowledge that the lake is lifeguard patrolled in the bathing season.
- Local indoor pools. If the weather isn’t on your side when you’re visiting Clare, you can still enjoy swimming when you visit Lahinch Seaworld Leisure Centre. It may not be the wild swimming experience you had in mind, but with a 25m indoor, deck level heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and children’s pool, you’ll all have a great time here.
Stay In Lisdoonvarna To Explore West Coast Ireland
County Clare looks different in every season, and you can discover all the stunning scenery when you stay in Lisdoonvarna at one of our elegant and welcoming hotels. Choose The Imperial Hotel, Lisdoonvarna, The Hydro Hotel, Lisdoonvarna or The King Thomond Lisdoonvarna for relaxation, live music and excellent Irish cuisine.