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Beach Breaks

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Beach Breaks

Summer is just around the corner so to help you plan your summer staycation we have picked out 5 great beach side hotels that are all worth a visit.

Park Hotel Dungarvan, Waterford

Family run and situated in the coastal town of Dungarvan, the Park Hotel is perfect for a family beach break this summer. Clonea beach is just a ten minute drive from the hotel so pack the family into the car and head to the beach for the day, weather permitting of course. The beach stretches five kilometres and has stunning views and scenic walks close by too, it also has lifeguards on duty all summer. If the sun isn’t shining, there’s lots to do in Dungarvan too. Bring the family to visit Dungarvan Castle, have lunch in one of the traditional local pubs or even make the trip into Waterford city and check out the world famous Waterford Crystal Museum.

Achill Cliff House Hotel. Mayo

Achill Cliff House overlooks Keel beach (locally known as Trawmore) and the stunning Minaun Cliffs. Achill Island boasts an impressive 5 blue flag beaches and they are some of the finest in the country. Keem bay in particular is stunning with its horse shoe shape and breath taking views of the Atlantic Ocean, perfect for sunbathing and swimming with the family on a sunny day but the cliff top drive down to the beach is not for the faint hearted! Not only does Achill boast fabulous beaches, there are lots of other family friendly activities available locally too. Hire bikes and have a go cycling the Great Western Greenway to Westport or if you’re feeling adventurous why not give surfing or kayaking a go!

Old Bank House Kinsale, Cork

The stunning Georgian town house situated in the heart of Kinsale is ideal for a beach break this summer. Kinsale is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations and it’s no surprise as it boasts some of the most stunning scenery around including the harbour views and the multi-coloured streets. Beaches are aplenty in the area too, with Sandy Cove being a popular choice for strong ocean swimmers who swim out to the little island when the tide is high. The Dock Beach is a favourite with locals, it’s small, safe and perfect for relaxing on a sunny summer’s day. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out in Kinsale, it’s full of trendy restaurants and cool café’s including the Steakhouse, Fishy Fishy and many more.

Moy House, Lahinch, Clare

Moy House in the coastal town of Lahinch has an enviable location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by fifteen acres of lush green grounds. Lahinch beach is a hugely popular destination with visitors and locals alike. It’s in a superb location, just a short drive away from the Cliffs of Moher, and is a go to spot for surfing, kayaking or kitesurfing in the Midwest. Lahinch has also got lots of great dining options including Vaughan Lodge and Seafood Restaurant, Joe’s Café and the Corner Stone.

Mill Times Westport, Mayo

Centrally located in the heart of Westport town, the Mill Times Hotel is our final choice for a beach break in Ireland. Westport is ideal as it is just a 40 minute drive away from Achill Island with its five blue flag beaches and it is also close to the stunning beaches of Louisburgh and Mulranny too. Bertra Beach in Louisburgh, just a 12km drive away from Westport town, is fabulous and has a mix of sand and stone stretches throughout and is also situated right at the foot of Croagh Patrick. You can also check out Mulranny beach while you’re in the area. It’s just a thirty minute drive from Westport town and is almost directly opposite Bertra Beach on the other side of the sea! You’ll be blown away by the stunning views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay! You really are spoilt for choice!

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