Welcome to Outdoor Swimming Ireland

June 2019

Please note that the site is no longer being updated regarding blue flag beaches, danger spots, new places to swim etc.


All the best places to swim outdoors in Ireland

You can use the Interactive Map or the menu to navigate around the site for swimming locations & other information.

Ireland ~ A Swimmer's Paradise.

Ireland has some of the best and most unspoilt outdoor swimming locations in the world..Our seas, rivers and lakes are still largely unspoilt and unpolluted. Even in the height of summer you can easily find quiet and uncrowded beaches and lakes. They are a fantastic natural resource.

The simple aim of this site is to compile an outdoor swimming directory where all the best swimming places in the country can be shared, listed and discussed. We want people to use this site as a way of sharing and getting information. We would love to see more people swimming and using these fabulous natural facilities.

We now have over 200 locations on this site. Our aim is to cover the country and have at least one location in each of the 32 counties.

How you can Contribute?

If you want to suggest a good swimming place for the site send us an email. We'd love to see any photos you may have as well. Also send us any feedback, comments, suggestions etc on any of the locations you visit. We look forward to hearing from you.

Swimming Safely

Before you read any further we cannot over emphasise the importance of safety. Swimming can be dangerous and water conditions can change quickly. Tragically, people lose their lives every year while swimming.

So please read and take heed of the safety tips in our safety section, click here for details, and do look at the website of the Irish Water Safety Association www.iws.ie


Click here for info on facilities and Blue Flag beaches


In as far as we could, we have given decent directions to the various locations. But if you get lost don't blame us! Irish roads are notorious for poor or no signposting, and for some of our best swimming spots there are no signposts either.

We have Google maps on the site and hopefully this will guide you to your location. For those who are old fashioned we also use the Ordnance Survey Discovery Series maps which are very detailed and good. 

And if all else fails just ask, as Irish people are usually happy to give directions.

Irish Times report here   {Word document}

RTÉ report here   {Realplayer video}

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