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East Coast Beaches

Layton and Bettystown

Get some sand between your toes whilst exploring the Boyne Valley and visit the nearby beaches of Mornington, Bettystown and Laytown, known as Meath’s Gold Coast. These large expansive beaches provide views all the way to the Mourne Mountains in northern Ireland. Horse racing takes place on Laytown Beach every summer, a 140 year tradition and quite a spectacle.

Skerries and Rush Peninsula

Skerries north beach is set in a long cove and over looks three small islands. There is a coastal path from here around Red Island which leads to the pretty fishing harbour and south beach. There is a lovely playground for kids on Red Island and two swimming areas called the ‘Spingers’ and the ‘Captains’.

There are lots of restaurants along the seafront, make sure to try some delicious Dublin Bay prawns in Stoop Your Head and ice cream sundaes from Storm in a Tea Cup on the harbour.

There are serval beaches on Rush peninsula, starting from Rogerstown estuary you can walk all the way to the south beach, take a short detour into the town to get to the Harbour beach, which leads on to the north beach. There is a lovely playground in the park opposite the Harbour Bar, which is a great place to stop lunch or dinner.

Donabate and Portrane

Donabate beach is perfect for long walks, with its expansive sand dunes leading all the way to Malahide estuary. If you walk in the opposite direction you can pick up the coastal path all the way to Portrane beach and up to the Burrow, where you could almost walk over to Rush peninsula when the tide is out.

There are beautiful views of Lambay Island and Howth peninsula along this walk, bring your binoculars if you’re into wildlife as the Burrow is situated in wildlife sanctuary. 

Clogherhead & Annagassan

Clogherhead beach has stunning views towards the Mourne Mountains to the north and Howth Peninsula to the south. It’s an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty because of the coastal heathland vegetation. There are several informal paths to explore over the headland between the village and Port Oriel.

Grey seals are often in the harbour and you can see guillemots nesting in the ‘burrows’ of the harbour wall. North of Clogherhead is a quiet seaside village with a quaint harbour and beach, called Annagassan.

After walking along the beach make sure to try some of the delicious seafood in the Glyde Inn with a pint of Guinness!

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