Ten of Ireland’s best outdoor swimming spots

There is something very liberating about swimming in the great outdoors. Nothing quite compares with the feeling of plunging into the frigid waters of a lake or the sea. As the cold water envelops your body and adrenaline pumps through your veins, it makes you feel alive and yet deeply relaxed all at the same time. It is not hard to see why many daily sea swimmers across the country deem the activity totally addictive.

Those who are not so keen on the icy winter temperatures will be relieved to hear that the waters of our lakes and seas will rise as high as 16° or 17° this summer. So if you haven’t dipped your toe into the world of outdoor swimming, there is no better time to start.

In an effort to provide you with a little inspiration, we have rounded up 10 of our favourite swimming spots in Ireland.

The Forty Foot, Sandycove, Co Dublin

This swimming spot needs little introduction. Drawing crowds all year round, in hail rain or shine, the Forty Foot is somewhat of a Dublin institution. You will find people launching themselves from the rocks into the water from about 4.30am right up until about 11pm on summer evenings.

Located in Sandycove, south of the city, the swimming spot is easily reached by Dart, bus or even by bike.

Carrick-A-Rede, Causeway Coast, Co Antrim

The kilometre-long swim between Larrybane Bay and Carrick-a-Rede Island is one of the most dramatic swims in Ireland. You’ll be able to hear the screams and shouts of tourists overhead as they cross the famous rope bridge to the island as you make the bracing swim below. Due to the tidal currents, this one is reserved for more advanced swimmers.

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