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The Best Places For An Outdoor Swim In Ireland

Ireland may have a reputation for weather that is not ideally suited for swimming, but in truth summers in Ireland can be glorious and provide many days when taking to the great outdoors and dipping one’s toes into one of the fabulous natural swimming spots that are available across the country is the perfect way to enjoy a destination that offers exceptional natural beauty. For those who are still a bit anxious and afraid of braving frigid ocean or lake waters , it is worth noting that the ocean temperature is about 62 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s hardly tropical – but it is more than comfortable enough for an invigorating dip in the saltwater or the bracing freshwater lakes that are spread across the country.

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The challenge is just which spot to choose. Each is more visually stunning than the last. If you are in search of that perfect outdoor swimming experience on the Emerald isle here are some great places that will offer an experience that will not soon be forgotten.

One of the most famous seawater swimming spots can be found in County Dublin. The Forty Foot, Sandycove. Here swimmers plunge from the rocks into the waters at almost any hour of the day – in fact, swimmers can be found daring the water from 4 am until almost midnight. Sandycover is to the south of Dublin and within easy reach of the city using public transportation – or even by taking a scenic bike ride.

Pollock Holes, Kilkee in County Clare. This is one of the most scenic swimming spots in all of Ireland. This string of tidal pools is best enjoyed at low tide when the surrounding waters retreat, leaving the pools filled to the brim with salt-laden watery refreshment. They may be difficult to spot but are only a short walk from Kilkee Beach and following the locals is a sure-fire way to make sure that you are soon enjoying a fabulous day out.

Traveling inland brings the visitor to Ireland to the edges of Cummeenoughter Lake, Carrauntoohil in County Kerry. This lake is found 707 meters above sea level. This is a lake that will reward the brave with spectacular views of surrounding mountains and other features – but it is chilly.

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Those in search of flowing water should head to The River Barrow in County Carlow. This is Irelands second longest river (after the River Shannon) and boasts a number of beautiful and sheltered swimming spots along its length. Some of the best are to be found between St Mullins and Graiguenamanagh. This stretch of river has wonderful walks that reveal Ireland at its most scenic. The 8km Barrow Line runs South between the two villages and is perfect for a stroll (you can also cycle the route). What makes this experience even more special is the opportunity to enjoy some authentic pub refreshments at either of the two villages at opposite ends of the path.

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Take the plunge in Ireland – it offers scenic beauty and bracing waters. And a swim at any of its wonderful salt or fresh water destinations will provide memories that will last a lifetime.