Beaches in Kilrush, County Clare

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The beach guide has 6 beaches listed in and around the town of Kilrush. We have arranged these beaches in order of closest to the town first (distance in brackets).

  • Cappagh Beach (1 miles)

    Cappagh © Dareangel_2000 | BY-SA

    The village of Kilrush lies on the Shannon Estuary, about 48 miles west of Limerick. From the village, which has a large marina, used for berthing boats during the winter, the R473 coast road brings visitors to historic Cappagh Pier, parts of which date back to 1764. Next to the pier, the small rocky beach…

  • Doughmore Beach (8.1 miles)

    Doughmore © Luke Mcurley

    Doughmore is a long, spectacular, golden, sandy beach overlooking the Atlantic, and backed by an impressive sand dune system and the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Resort. Plans to build a sea wall to protect the resort were shelved in 2016 after protests from locals. Ironically the reason for building the sea defences was…

  • Kilkee Beach (7.5 miles)

    Kilkee © Graham Horn | BY-SA

    Kilkee is a crescent-shaped, golden sandy beach, sitting at the end of a sheltered bay which is protected from the worst of the Atlantic swells by the Duggerna Reef. This beach, which has been popular with holiday makers since Victorian times, it is an excellent spot for bathing and for family days out, with lifeguards…

  • Ballybunion Nuns beach (11.7 miles)

    Ballybunion Nuns beach ©

    This small, secluded beach is located around 15 minutes north of the popular beaches in Ballybunion. The name Nun\'s beach comes from the Convent located on the cliffs above the cove.

    Access to the beach is a little challenging and involves a scramble down a steep track with the assistance of a rope

    Just around…

  • Ballybunion Ladies Beach (12 miles)

    Ballybunion Ladies Beach © James Emmans | BY-SA

    Flanked by caves and overlooked by the famous castle green, at low tide you can walk over to the men's beach and stroll as far as the Cashen river.

    Alternatively if tides forbid this you can do the cliff walk which will overlook the ladies and eventually she nuns beach. The well known seaweed baths…

  • Ballybunion Mens beach (12.6 miles)

    Ballybunion Mens beach © John Griffin

    The Mens beach at Ballybunion is the biggest of three beaches in this seaside resort. Stretching for several miles this is one of the most peaceful beaches on the coast and you won't have any problems finding a quiet spot to yourself. Overlooked by the ruins of a 16th century castle and Ballybunion Golf Course…

Kilrush beaches map

Map featuring Kilrush beaches. Click on pins to view beach details