Seaside Pleasures

Ireland is fortunate to have many quiet little coves and bays where you can feel like you have the place entirely to yourself. Little spots only found without the use of a Sat Nav – by following your nose along the little coastal lanes down to the sea. Tra is the word for ‘strand’ in Irish. So if you see a signpost saying this, simply follow that direction and you never know what you will discover at the end. It could be a quiet bay where the water is turquoise and the sand is golden. Or a stony cove where waves lap gently and little fish swim in the depths of clear Atlantic waters. In Kerry and West Cork, long beaches often mean surfing waves and fun with a body board. The only map you need is the Good Food Ireland food map, which pinpoints the best places to enjoy the seafood of this bounteous coast. The Smugglers Inn in Waterville, County Kerry and Crookhaven Inn in West Cork are all havens for great local seafood. Worth seeking out after a bit of a meander through the peace and quiet of Ireland’s most scenic seaside locations.