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The Beaches of Ireland: Inchydoney Beach

The Beaches of Ireland: Inchydoney Beach

Katie Rhodes |

Grab the family and head to Inchydoney for an experience everyone will love. Located on the southern tip of Ireland, the destination is just outside of Clonakilty in County Cork. Inchydoney beach is often touted as one of Ireland’s most gorgeous beaches—and it’s easy to see why. Beautiful white sand and azure waters line the coast, making it the perfect spot to surf or just relax. Read on for info about where to go and what to do.

Where to Stay

The Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa has high remarks as a beautiful resort-style hotel where you can take in views of the Atlantic Ocean, enjoy a spa day, or dine in one of their restaurants. A beautiful outdoor amphitheater-style venue also makes it a popular destination for weddings.

If you prefer to stay further inland, spend the night in the charming seaside town of Clonakilty. Known for its nightlife, festivals, and shopping, Clonakilty offers the best of the beach and the city. Check out The Emmet Hotel, which is not only centrally located but also highly regarded for its fresh fare.

What to Do

It’s no surprise that Inchydoney Beach is the area’s main attraction. You can spend your days strolling the shores, soaking in the sun, splashing in the water, playing volleyball—or any of the hundreds of other things you may enjoy at the beach.

In Clonakilty, be sure to check out the Michael Collins Heritage Centre and the Michael Collins House. If you are not familiar, Collins was a native son of the area who played a significant role in the formation of today’s Irish nation. Children will also enjoy the nearby West Cork Model Railway Village. The village is a miniature-scale model of West Cork Railway line set during the 1940s. It’s a sweet and nostalgic stop for anyone who is in the area.

Where to Eat

In Clonakilty, you’ll find a number of alluring dining options for lunch and dinner. Scannells Bar is a tasty lunch option featuring their seafood chowder and a variety of delicious sandwiches. The pub portion of the restaurant stays open late, so plan to stop in for a brew and some live music. Farm Restaurant bills itself as a “small-scale boutique restaurant” specializing in fresh foods and traditional preparation. You’ll find such delicacies as quail alongside cod. They also have an alluring dessert menu. In addition to dinner, they serve breakfast and lunch on certain days throughout the week. Check their website for more information.

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