Set just to the south of Dunmore Head, the westernmost point in mainland Ireland, is Coumeenoole beach. There are few more dramatic locations than this with the headland rising up to one side, the Blasket Islands only a couple of kilometres off the coast and the full force of the Atlantic Ocean slamming straight into the beach.
The beach lies at the very tip of the Dingle Peninsula and is a popular spot to stop on the Slea Head drive - one of Ireland’s most scenic drives. Coumeenoole Bay doesn’t disappoint with its pristine golden sand backed by tall, steep cliffs.
One thing worth noting is you will need to visit at low tide to truly appreciate Coumeenoole beach. As the tide comes in the sand all but disappears.
Given how exposed the beach is and the strong undercurrents swimming is not advisable at Coumeenoole. You will often see surfers here though, particularly in the summer and towards low tide.
The beach at Coumeenoole was used as a filming location for Ryan’s Daughter. Now over 50 years old the scene with villagers unloading weapons from a sinking ship was filmed here. Thirty years after a carved stone commemorating the film was put up at the beach.
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Dogs friendly beach?
We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)
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