Swimming on the Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula boasts some of the most beautiful beaches and some of the warmest water temperatures in Ireland. With lowest average water temperatures in winter of 9°C swimming is possible all year round, but not for the faint-hearted. With a wetsuit you can swim every day!

During the summer, the sea water temperature rises steadily to average highs of 15°C in July August and September. Sea swimming is a favourite with Irish families, and you will often see children playing in the sea for hours on end.

There are many pristine beaches and beautiful inlets where you can swim safely. Check out our map, for more information about beaches, blue flag beaches, lifeguards and facilities such as toilets. During the summer months Irish Water Safety run a series of swimming and lifeguard classes in different locations around the peninsula. Check out their website for UpToDate listings.

Life guard flag

Water Safety

To stay safe at the beach, always remember F.L.A.G.S.

F - Find the red and yellow flags and swim between them.Always swim where there is a lifeguard on patrol, and stay inside the area marked by the red and yellow flags. Never swim where a sign says not to, or when the red flag is flying.

L - Look at the safety signs.Always read and obey the safety signs - they will help you to avoid potential dangers on the beach, and to identify the safest areas for swimming.

A - Ask a lifeguard for advice.If in doubt, it's always best to play it safe and ask the experts.

G - Get a friend to swim with you.Make sure there are other people around, because you never know when help might be needed.

Blueflag Beaches on the Dingle Peninsula

Inch, Ventry and Magherabeg are proud holders of The Blue Flag - one of the world's most recognised eco-labels. Beaches and marinas that achieve this accolade must comply with a specific set of criteria relating to water quality, information provision, environmental education, safety and beach management.

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