Checking out Mayo’s Naturist Beaches

 On many levels, Ireland is a perfect country for naturism. Granted, maybe our climate could be slightly more clement at times, but with miles and miles of coastline and a relatively small population, finding secluded beaches and coves to strip off in should never be too challenging.

For anyone looking to do just that, the ideal starting point is the INA’s own website which lists a number of naturist friendly beaches around the country. Some are well known and well frequented, such as Sallymount in Wicklow and Trawalua in Sligo; others less so. But equally there are many other locations where opportunities exist to go clothes-free that might not be known to the wider naturist community.

The western county of Mayo is a case in point. The third largest county in Ireland, its rugged and indented coastline is claimed to be the longest of any Irish county at 1,168 km, yet its entire population is only slightly over 130,000 people.

The INA website lists the following four beaches as being naturist friendly in Mayo, so to check out just how suitable they are, members of the INA paid a visit to the county in March. Granted, it was hardly naturist friendly weather, but that didn’t stop this hardcore group from stripping off – all in the call of duty! This is what we found.

  1. Trawmore, Keel, Achill Island

Located at the foot of the vertically rising Minaun Cliffs, said to be one of the highest in Europe, Trawmore is at the eastern end of Keel Beach, the most popular holiday location on Achill. Access off the main R319 thoroughfare is at Dookinelly, approximately 2km east of Keel. From there you progress through a rather densely populated area before the road peters out at the foot of the cliffs.

It’s a relatively open area, with a wave battered sandy beach behind which is a stony section. A car parking / turning area backs onto the grassy mountainside.

It was deserted on the day we were there (although a walking couple did approach as we were leaving), which provided an opportunity to get rid of the clothes and experience a quick stroll as nature intended.The local sheep were singularly unimpressed – clearly not the first naturists they have come across!


During high season, the ease of access suggests that Trawmore is  likely to be rather popular on fine days. Though keep to the far end near the rocks and only the more dedicated wanderers should venture that far.

  1. Keem Bay, Achill

 Located at the westerly end of Achill Island (continue on the R319 until the road runs out), and bordered on three sides by cliffs, the exceedingly picturesque Keem Bay features on virtually every review of the region. Indeed on the day we visited there was a constant stream of sightseers despite it being a mid-week day in March, indicating that it is likely to be very popular on fine weekends.

However, take a stroll over to the far (northern) end of the beach and you come across a heart-warming word painted boldly on the craggy landscape.


Beyond this is a small sandy section separated from the rest of the beach, obviously the area where naturists hang out. It would seem that when the tide is out you can just walk straight into it (so not very secluded), but you may have to clamber over the rocks once the tide comes in.


Overall we’d rate this quite highly for its naturist potential. While not the most private location, it’s at the far end of the beach, and the ‘Nudist’ sign should give any unsuspecting wanderer sufficient warning of what they may encounter.

  1. Bartraw Beach, Murrisk

Bartraw is a popular beach location south of Westport on the Louisburgh road (R335). Located near Murrisk at the foot of Croagh Patrick, it’s a narrow peninsula jutting out into Clew Bay- take the first road right after Murrisk village to access.

The eastern side of the peninsula (facing towards Croagh Patrick) is the naturist friendly section. Hilly dunes separate the two sides with well worn trails in between. Unlike the western side which has decent stretches of sand, the naturist side of the beach is largely stony.


Again this is a beach that will be popular on fine days, though most people will stay on the western side. Walk some distance from the car-park and there should be sufficient privacy to allow naturism to be practiced.

  1. Old Head, near Louisburgh

Old Head is located a few kilometres further on from Bartraw in the Louisburgh direction. The naturist area is a small secluded cove north of the main beach.

From the R335, a turn-off to the right (if you are coming from Westport) sign-posted for Old Head leads to a curving sandy beach backing up onto rocks. When the tide is in traversing over the rocks to the naturist area may be challenging.

There is another access road a little further north off the R335 – a narrow lane that ends on the beach close to the naturist section. However this access road offers minimal car parking space (a couple of cars at max), and barely even room to turn a car, so we’d suggest it is better to park at the main car park and walk around the seashore.


The naturist part of the beach is fairly secluded and unlikely to attract too many casual passers-by. The beach area itself is a mixture of rocks and small sandy sections. Access is the biggest challenge – either a decent walk from Old Head car park with tide movement a consideration, or very restricted vehicular access on the nearer road.


Have you experienced naturism on any of these beaches? Do you agree with our reviews? Are there other beaches in Mayo that are suitable for naturist activity? If so, please let us know.


Irish Girl Experiencing Naturism For the First Time

Every time I think about what I’m about to do my tummy turns upside down, the sweat grows in the palms of my hands, and my heart races. “Don’t worry my friend tells me” “you’ll be fine”. That’s it! , I have finally made the decision to take my clothes off, GO NAKED!! OMG.

Remembering, I’m the woman that gets undressed with the lights off. I have a million questions going around in my head. What will people think of me?

My body? My scares? My stretch marks? A friendly voice beside me quietly says “your scares are your story, your life and your war wounds. Don’t worry what people think of you it’s none of your business. Take your time and do what makes you comfortable “.

The day has finally arrived, Sun shining high in the sky, walking slowly towards the cliff edge. Then all of a sudden I see naked people. I keep my head low, acting as normal as possible, “to be honest I had a little peak “. My friend utters those words that have occupied my thoughts for months. “Ready! We’re here”. “This is it! Off come the clothes, she laughs at my half-hearted attempt. Then I lay down, the Sun shining on my pale skin, parts of my body have never ever seen the Sun before.

I feel relief, clam and proud of me. I lay there for an hour rising at times to look around. My confidence builds, I stand up “NAKED”. I can’t believe this. The words in my mind keep repeating “OMG I’m so proud of you”. People walk by and say hi as though we were walking by on the street. They don’t look at my body, they look straight into my eyes, people come to chat to me and my friend and they are so friendly, no one focused on each other’s body. Well I did, I seen a guy with a nice behind.

Throughout the day my confidence grew, so much so I decided to swim in the sea NAKED. I met another person swimming “male” we both stood there chatting about where we came from, we joked and laughed.

This is the moment all my fears of being naked left me, I forgot I was naked.

I would have never believed if you told me a year ago that I would be swimming naked with a stranger, “not me”, sure I’m too fat, and my body is not fit to be seen.

Well those thoughts were no longer.

That day before we left, I stood at the edge of the cliff with my arms held high, my head to the Sun and eyes closed feeling a world of emotions. So grateful I faced my fear, I’m not the women I was before I walked on to this cliff. I have my confidence back; I’m grateful for my body my friends support.

I’m proud of me, and to write the words “proud to be a naturist”.

Don’t knock it until you try it.



Paul Moynihan – a naturist life

We are sorry to announce the death of Paul Moynihan, former President of the INA. Paul joined the INA, with his wife Barbara and young children, in the 1970s. The INA was a very different organization then. It was closed and very secretive. Applicants were interviewed in person by the Committee. Surnames were not disclosed and any form of publicity or attracting attention was frowned upon. Members met in each others houses (one member had an outdoor pool) and on occasional outings to the beach at Sallymount near Brittas Bay. On one occasion Paul received an official reprimand from the Committee because he left the shelter of the sand dunes on and walked nude down to the sea! In the 1980s Paul became President and Barbara became Membership Secretary. Around this time Paul, along with some other forward thinking members like Pat & Mary Gallagher, became one of the founder members of Club Aquarius, named after Barbara’s birth sign.
Paul’s antique shop in Francis Street became the public office of the INA. He sold copies of the INF World Naturist Guide and other publications. He was a man of conviction. He shocked local people by openly displaying naturist magazines in his shop window and refused to remove them despite many complaints, visits from the Gardaí and threats of prosecution. He organised the first (and so far only) naturist holiday fair in Dublin when the organisers of the Holiday Fair in the RDS refused his request to have an INA stand there. He gave many interviews to radio and newspapers and took part in a documentary about naturism shown on RTE television. In 1986 he arranged for the first ever meeting in Ireland of the International Naturist Federation. It would be almost 30 years before the INF came back to Ireland in 2014 and it was fitting that Paul and Barbara were able to be there. . Paul was open and friendly and made a huge contribution to advancing the cause of naturism in Ireland. He will be sadly missed by Barbara, his children Cerri and Conor, his grandchildren and by his many friends in the INA. May he rest in peace.

Naturist Lughnasadh Festival 2016



Beach clean-up, Sallymount Beach, Co. Wicklow, Monday 1st August ’16.

My dreams of fine sunny weather for the opening day of the INA’s “Naturist Lughnasadh Festival” on 1st August were quickly dashed as I departed for Sallymount beach earlier that morning.  It rained for my whole journey! But, as always, our Naturist Goddess Venus provided an opening in the weather for the naturists that gathered to begin the beach clean-up, albeit a bit windy.

We followed the stream to the southern area of the beach where the small bays are formed by the rocks – this area was notably littered. No one bar ourselves could be seen along the full length of the beach as we began cleaning up. The sun made a couple of rare appearances to encourage us to stay naked. After one hour of chatting and rubbish collecting, we made our way back to the cars with three bags of rubbish and the satisfaction of leaving the beach in a cleaner appearance than when we arrived. Our timing was perfect as the rain started to fall again just as we departed.

Sunset at Hill of Slane, Co. Meath, Tuesday 2nd August ’16.

Day 2 of the Naturist Lughnasadh Festival brought naturists to the Hill of Slane, just to the north of Slane Village. This was a popular location as was evident by the presence of tourists and some locals when we arrived. The views of the hill and ruins at the top were magnificent and without crossing the gate into the field, I knew this location would make for some spectacular pictures. In between the various groups of people coming and going, we stripped of in the balmy weather for some pictures in and around the ruins. We even managed to take some wonderful photos as the sun was setting in the distance with naturists looking on.

There was a forest nearby which we could see from the Hill of Slane and decided to explore further. To our delight, as we arrived we found the carpark to be empty. To make the most of the dwindling sunlight, we walked down a short path and came across a vast area where trees had been felled and cleared away. We took some naturist pictures in the diminishing sunlight. As we turned back towards our cars, we could make out the Hill of Slane in the distance, it looked magnificent as it glowed brightly in the dusky evening with the lights shining on the walls of the ruins.

As it was getting dark, we departed the forest but couldn’t resist the temptation to return to the Hill of Slane where more individual and group naturist pictures were captured. We were even joined by an additional naturist. The pictures were so unique to anything we had taken before and looked stunning against the walls of the ruins as the lights shone on them. We eventually left for one final naturist event, an Après Slane Party – perfect way to end a perfect evening.

Naturist Meet Up, Benone Beach, Co. Derry, Wednesday 3rd August ’16.

For the INA Events Team, it is very important to be able to meet as many naturists as possible throughout the whole island of Ireland. The outing to Benone Beach was a fantastic opportunity to meet naturists from this remote region. Typical of our Irish Summer, we experienced many heavy showers of rain on our journey to Banone Beach but once again, our Naturist Goddess Venus cleared the way for a couple of hours of Naturist time on this splendid beach. What amazed me first was how clean this beach was along with the spectacular views of waterfalls and cliff heads. Of course this was greatly helped by the rubbish bins dotted out along the whole length of the beach. One of the naturists that joined us on the day was a ‘local’ from the area and a member of BN NI. This made the outing very interesting with the amount of local knowledge shared with the group and an excellent way to collaborate ideas for future events within the region.

As the beach was so wide and open, we decided to start out naturist walk in the shelter of the sand dunes. The weather was quite warm and ideal for a naturist outing. What a perfect feeling it was to have warm air gently blowing across our bodies as we walked naked through the sand dunes along a path parallel to the nature reserve. We saw many exotic butterflies along our walk towards the first of the mighty waterfalls. The sheer flow and power of the waterfall became evident as we reached the closest viewing point possible without having to cross the main roadway. We stopped for some pictures and spent a little time on the beach as we had now reached the end of the sand dunes. One textile did walk past but continued walking as we returned to the sand dunes to make our way back to the cars. We experienced one shower of rain on our way back to our cars but as it’s a well-known fact that the naked body will dry much faster than wet clothes and we were all dry again before reaching the car park.

Lough Derg – 8th August

In our quest for new contributions to the scenic naturist map of Éire we came up with some pictures of beautiful Norman Tower and lake landscapes around Lough Derg:


A few thoughts on Naturism in Ireland

I’m always struck by the paradox at the heart of naturism in Ireland; people who want to ‘bare all’ often have to ‘cover up’ the fact by exercising extreme discretion and make pragmatic compromises so as not to ‘offend’ Victorian attitudes that are at best completely obsolete and would be ‘Father Ted laughable’ if they didn’t have serious potential implications for people’s lives. Were somebody convicted of ‘indecent exposure’ they could be added to the sex offenders register and face personal and professional ruin.   Outdated attitudes (and legislative interpretations based on them) belong to the same body of historic collective opinion that denied women’s basic rights such as property rights and a vote, and criminalised homosexuality.  They also echo current practices in fundamentalist states where a woman can be stoned for not covering her face in public.  Surely it goes without saying that the human body is not shameful, sinful or offensive.

So many of us Irish naturists who have discovered the simple joy of being naked and free in a non-sexual way find ourselves in fear of being criminalised. Imagine – in a 21st Century European Democracy women can get arrested for taking their top off!  But it has happened recently here in Ireland.  Were the Gardai at the Knockstockan Music Festival enforcing the law or imposing laughably outdated Victorian prudishness? If the Gardai were right, the logical conclusion must be that every mother who breastfeeds in a public place should be arrested.

Attempting to criminalise the human body is an illogical, offensive notion that must be clearly rejected for once and for all. It would shock our Victorian predecessors who formulated the ridiculous attitudes to nudity that we’ve inherited that women can now own property independently of their husbands (!), our LGBT brothers and sisters can marry (!!) and the naked body can be seen constantly on tv, in the printed media and on the internet (!!!) but still here in Father-Ted-Land if you dare to undress in a public place you risk being branded a pervert(!!!!)… we have no official clothing optional places in Ireland – we are the ONLY EU country where this is the case.

To treat nudity as intrinsically offensive is perverse and to presume that a naked person on a beach is automatically engaged in a sex act is as ridiculous as arresting every chef in the country in possession of a set of knives for knife crimes! Is nudity intrinsically sexual?  Is a person helping an elderly or infirm relative to take a shower involved in a sex act?  Are parents bathing their children involved in a sex act???  Is a mother who breastfeeds in a café being exhibitionist?  Rhetorical questions I know, but they do serve to illuminate the daftness of automatically associating nudity with inappropriate / undesirable behaviour or intent.  Let’s be clear, naturism is about non-sexual social nudity which is a million miles away from the swingers’ parties or lewd behaviour that some non-naturists often associate with nudity.

Midsummer Irish Nude Dream


June 2016 saw the inaugural event for the INA’s Midsummer Irish Nude Dream. A program of events created by the INA Events Team, bringing naturists together from the North, South, East, West and Midlands of our island.

It all started on Sat 18th at the monthly swim in Cahir, Co. Tipperary where nineteen people gathered to make use of the swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. There was a feeling of excitement in the pool that night as people chatted and mingled throughout the facilities in anticipation of the event to follow, just a few hours later at Brittas Bay for the Summer Solstice.

After the swim, a small group drove in convey to Brittas Bay to celebrate the Summer Solstice. As we arrived at Brittas we joined up with two more people and waited in our cars for the rain to stop. A frying pan and gas camping cooker was used to boil water to make tea. As the rain cleared, we made our way to the beach, using our mining head lamps for light until we found a suitable spot to set up base. Our tents were decorated with lights so that our fellow naturists arriving later in the night would find us easily. We chatted for hours and sipped some wine before going a sleep.

I recall waking up as I heard the voices of some new people joining the group. It was time to get up and light the BBQ fire which was a welcome source of heat as I was naked now. Before sun rise, we released some bio-degradable sky lanterns in front of a naturist group of fifteen people. Unfortunately it was too cloudy to be able to see the sun rise above the horizon but that didn’t dampen our spirits as we played some sport games and went for a brisk walk before returning for breakfast an hour later.

Two resilient members of the group went for a swim before 7:00am just before some people jogging showed up in the distance. Represented for the Summer Solstice were Counties Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Clare, Meath, Laois, Cavan, Kilkenny, Wicklow and Dublin. No one slept longer than an hour but felt refreshed with the sea breeze.

Next on the program of events was the much awaited “Nude Bangor Trail” which took place on Tue 21st June. This was an outing that was planned as we chatted in the pool one morning at this year’s AGM. The group of 5 naturists met in Newport at noon (20km from where the trail begins) and followed our guide.

The Bangor Trail is an ancient drovers’ path connecting Newport with Bangor Erris in North West Mayo. It’s a remote area of landscape and comprises of mountains, bogs, forests, lakes and rivers, and has been designated Ireland’s first official wilderness.

Once parked, we walked a short distance along a wooden platform above a bog to our starting point where we stripped off and applied generous amounts of sun cream. We soon realised how completely barren the area was with no sign of human habitation. It reminded me of the phrase “in the middle of nowhere” as nobody could be seen for miles.

We began walking along the boggy marshy track, sometimes having the luxury of small stones and loose boulders to assist. As always, the weather was on our side, it felt wonderfully natural to be able to shed our clothes and walk along the trail so freely. We stopped for many photo and video opportunities along the way, most noticeably when we came to a waterfall which we were guided to by some sheep. The richness in the greens that surrounded us was spectacular for miles and miles around us. We also past, what I believe to be the only tree, an ash, on the entire route. The scenery was simply breath-taking, more majestic than any beach I have been to before and that combined with the sun shine and fact that we had the whole place to ourselves for miles made the whole day unforgettable.

When we reached our turning point we stopped to appreciate the beautiful landscapes as we ate some fruit, drank water and chatted. After lunch we walked back to the cars to make our way home. It was impossible to resist the temptation of an additional stop for some pictures as we came across a river just meandering through the landscape. Eventually we got dressed and departed the Bangor Trail with the intention of returning there in the future.

On Wednesday 22nd June we had the “Midlands Nudist Track” where we were exploring the midlands in search of locations to take pictures for our ‘Co. Map’ (Clothing Optional) of Ireland. First stop was Brownshill Dolmen – a megalithic portal tomb just outside Carlow. This is an astonishing structure and is listed as a National Monument. The capstone is reputed to be the heaviest in Europe. As we arrived, the sky was grey and cloudy but quite warm, making it a great scene for some videos and pictures. When there was nobody around, we stripped out of everything including watches and shoes and began making our short video entitled “The Prehistoric Experience” where we imagined ourselves struggling against nature – in the end, nature won and I was killed by a giant rock!

A picture of Limerick was missing from the ‘Clothing Optional’ map of Ireland so we decided to drive to Limerick next. Along the route, we stopped off at a 14th Century Norman Tower at Dove Hill, Co. Tipperary for a picnic. By now, unlike in Carlow, the sun was shining and the green ivory on the outside of the Tower against the blue skies seemed perfect for a picture. We discovered a stairs inside the tower which allowed one of us to climb upstairs. We took some naturist pictures from the outside before packing up and heading to our next destination.

We continued our journey to Limerick, keeping our eyes focused on any sign posts indicating a scenic area, the type of signs that have a brown background colour. We drove as far as Pallas Green without seeing anything suitable and decided to take the next exit on the left as we could see a hill in the distance with nice views of Limerick City. Unfortunately every farm gate we stopped at had a sign prohibiting entrance into the fields. We continued driving and soon came to the quiet village of Old Pallas and found a wonderful green tunnel of trees on the road exiting the village. With rays of sunlight breaking through, it seemed an ideal spot to take our Limerick photo for the map.

On Thursday 23rd, we travelled to what must be the most north easterly point on the Island as we went to Fair Head in Co. Antrim for the summer picnic in collaboration with our friends in BN NI. Like many driving trips in recent times, our eyes were actively keeping track of the scenic signs as we travelled north along the M1. Almost automatically, my car slowed down as we approached a sign post for Bernish Viewpoint and we took the next exit to examine it further. After a couple of kilometres along an inclined, narrow, twisted road, we came to a carpark. The views as we stepped out of the car were magnificent, taking in the Ring of Gullion and overlooking Newry City. A couple of clicks of the camera and we were on the road again, just in time before another car arrived at the car park.

We continued our journey to Fair Head in what was becoming a sunny day. A total of 10 people turned up for the picnic, two from the INA and eight from BN NI. This was the first time that the members of BN NI were together for an outdoor activity – prior to this they met at the monthly swim in Belfast. We enjoyed a naked picnic in great company with a glass of wine before departing on our hike. I was totally amazed by the scenery that unfolded as we began walking to the cliff edge. Such richness in the emerald textures of the green fields combined with the grey rocks and reflection of the blue sky in the sea. As we reached the cliff edge, I could see Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre, a little over 20km in the distance but so visible on such a clear day. We stopped to soak up the atmosphere and take some pictures of this magnificent scenery, almost 200m above sea level. We continued walking west along the coastline through the rocky, but very much climbable headland. In total we hiked almost 4km in a most enjoyable outing, bridging North and South naturist communities together. We left for a long journey home, 440km accounting for a slight diversion to take the finial picture to complete out naturist map.

County Monaghan was the final county left to be captured for the (Co. Clothing Optional) map of Ireland. We didn’t have any specific location identified but just a plan to drive south and turn west when we reached Dundalk. Halfway to Dundalk, it began raining very heavy, but I reminded my INA colleague how great pictures can be in the rain, with a slight smile! There was no way either of us wanted to travel home without capturing the final picture for our map. We kept turning off whatever main road we were on, getting deeper into Co. Monaghan. Driving along a country road, we caught a glimpse of a lake, we both looked at each other knowing that we had found our final destination. There was a small carpark which we pulled into hoping that the rain would stop or at least ease off. We could see the lake through the dense trees and a boardwalk in the distance. The name of the lake was Capragh Lake, just north of Carrickmacross in Co. Monaghan. The rain continued to fall, almost like a monsoon. We had one umbrella and decided to make a run for the trees and strip off. We took some photos which I must admit did look great under the weather conditions. We even used the umbrella in the set for one of the pictures. Wet, but happy to complete the map, we ran back into the car to dry off and make the lengthy journey home after a memorable day.

International Be Naked Day, Fri 24th    

Despite the not so favourable weather forecast for Friday 24th we did want to celebrate INTERNATIONAL BE NAKED DAY, an initiative by members of British Naturism, and we invited people to head off to our most popular naturist beach in Ireland, Sallymount Beach south of Brittas Bay in Co. Wicklow. Menacing clouds greeted our group of brave naturists, who started to clean up the beach regardless of what was going to become heavy showers. We patiently waited for the storm to pass and indeed we were rewarded by a brilliant sunshine anew. It was arguably the wettest we did get in all our jaunts so far but the subsequent temperature completely dried us up in no time.

Sunday 26th was the return visit to the Russian Sauna at Hollyford in Co. Tipperary. Following the success of our first outing here during the Naturist Blitz held last March, it was only a matter of time before we would return due to popular demand. Three separate two hour sessions were scheduled for this event but the vast majority of the 18 people in attendance on the day opted for all 3 sessions. Snacks including Spanish omelette, pizza, homemade sausages and burgers were provided for everyone along with bottled water to help keep hydrated after the sauna.  Just like our first time at this venue, the day turned out to be a great sociable event, numerous Aufguss sessions took place in the sauna for the hardy that could withstand such high temperatures and for those wishing to improve their circulation, Banya sessions were also held.

As a means of assisting with cooling down after the many sauna sessions, a small group went for a walk in the woods and fields beside the grounds of the sauna. A few opportunities for photographs were taken along the route also. Everyone was amazed how fast the time passed and agreed that it was an event we should do again. As we cleaned up afterwards, I soon realised that we were quickly approaching the end of our Midsummer Irish Nude Dream program of events with just one day left.

 Monday 27th was the final day of our Midsummer Irish Nude Dream program of events where we held the “Rebels Gathering”. Thanks to a member of the INA Facebook Closed Group, two specific locations were suggested for our Rebels Gathering, namely Mullinghassig Waterfall and Coachford Greenway at Inniscarra Reservoir. This felt like an International Naturist event as four people from four different nationalities were present. The lake was less than 1 km walking distance from where we parked. This was a new naturist experience for the group and with it came a completely different canvas for our pictures. The sun light dispersed daintily through the tree leaves resulting in long shadows traversing along the rocks and river at the base of the waterfall. We had lots of fun at the lake with some new poses and even a Tarzan pose using a vine like rope as if we were amongst the wild jungle.

After our time at the waterfall, a short drive brought us to Coachford Greenway at Inniscarra Reservoir where we found a suitable spot for a naturist lunch. We were welcomed to the area by a local dog that seemed to enjoy our company. Prior to lunch, one member of the group had a refreshing swim in the lake. As it was later in the afternoon when we arrived at Coachford Greenway, it became apparent that the options for naturist walking would be limited as we could see many people in the distance using the scenic path for their own enjoyment. Nevertheless, we did take a textile walk to sample the beautiful scenery before making our way back to the car to drop our International friends back to Cork City.

All that was left was the drive home which was accompanied by various memories reminiscing the past eight days of our Midsummer Irish Nude Dream, not even the thoughts of going back to work the next day could wipe the smile off my face as I pondered over the magnificent scenery, landscapes and people I had just met during those amazing eight days.

World Naturist Day – 5th June 2016

Ireland’s most popular naturist beaches recognised

Sunday, June 5, 2016 was World Naturist Day…..and Ireland’s naturists certainly played their part!

With the weather offering wonderfully clement temperatures and sun-burning if slightly overcast  skies, World Naturist Day was the ideal opportunity to demonstrate the growing popularity and acceptance of clothes-free recreation, and to press the case for Ireland to get its first long awaited official naturist facilities.

To mark the occasion the Irish Naturist Association (INA) set up a special challenge – to find the nation’s most popular naturist beach.

Three locations were nominated for naturists to congregate – Sallymount Beach in County Wicklow for east coast dwellers, Trawalua in County Sligo to accommodate those west of the Shannon, while those looking to shed their clothes in the southern part of the country were directed to Long Strand in County Cork.

Headcount were taken at points during the day, and in the end it proved to be a close run thing, with all three locations putting in unique claims to be Ireland’s most popular nudist beach.


Despite its location in the least populated part of the country, Trawalua set a high standard, recording a maximum of 43 naturists on the beach at 4pm on Sunday afternoon. As more and more visitors discover the attractions of Sligo and the west coast of Ireland thanks to the success of the Wild Atlantic Way, surely Fáilte Ireland should be looking to attract nudists from Ireland and abroad to the many beautiful beaches on offer on the route?

A real treasure of a beach that has long been used by naturists, the INA Events Committee is pleased to announce that it has voted Trawalua as Best Naturist Destination on the Wild Atlantic Way 2016.


Numbers were slightly lower at Cork, but the 14 nudists who turned up to Long Strand are certainly a hardy bunch! Not for them a mere few hours on the beach in the middle of the day. Rather this hard-core group made a proper event of it, with sauna and skinny-dipping sessions long into the evening before finally calling it a day after midnight.

The INA Events Committee is therefore delighted to nominate Long Strand as The Home of Endurance Naturists 2016


The title of Ireland’s most popular naturist destination for 2016 however goes to Sallymount Beach in County Wicklow. It – narrowly – pipped Trawalua to the award, recording a maximum of 46 nudists at 2pm. The naturists interspersed happily with the minority of textiles also on the beach – proof, not that we needed it, that we can all live side by side in harmony. With nudists joyfully wandering up and down the beach front all day long enjoying the fine weather, Sallymount was more akin to a typical naturist location in Spain or France than a traditional Irish beach.

An honourable mention should also be given to Barna Strand in County Galway where a headcount of 11 naturists was recorded. At least one INA member flew the naturist flag in West Kerry – though sorry Nat, you’re not getting the bogey prize for Least Attended Location! Doubtless though there were many more nudists revelling in the fine weather by stripping off at locations throughout the country.

It’s up to Ireland’s naturists now is to build on the success of World Naturist Day 2016 by getting out onto our beaches this summer and staking our claim to be awarded official facilities. As the INA presses ahead in its efforts to secure Ireland first properly sanctioned naturist beach, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could celebrate World Naturist Day 2017 on Sunday 2nd July 2017 at such an approved location?

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