Lahinch is one of Ireland’s foremost holiday locations. It is now well established as a centre for surfing and other watersports. The seafront took a terrible battering in recent winter storms but it looks now as if it is has been restored fully. Great credit is due to Clare County Council for its work in this regard.
When we visited it was sunny and the beach was full of people. The tide was low so we had a gradual wade in into the clear calm sea. With just a few waves it was lovely for swimming. As this is a surfers’ spot you can expect more serious waves when the wind gets up. And watch out for them flying past you as you swim.
At low tide there is a wide beach which is ideal for children. When the tide is in the main beach area disappears, so time your visit if you want beach access.
If you go further down the beach do note the sign which says it is dangerous for swimming and don’t swim here.
Lahinch is a good place for families. The slip ways allow buggy/wheelchair access. There are toilets and lifeguards during the summer (check locally or with the Council for times). There are lots of shop and cafés nearby and, if you are really desperate, they even have an indoor pool.
There is ample car parking along the sea front, but you have to pay for it
Blue Flag beach.
From Ennis take the N85 to Ennistymon and then the N67 to Lahinch. the seafront car park is in the centre of the town and is sign posted.
Ordnance Survey Map No: 57