Five of Ireland’s Most Scenic Inland Swimming Spots

Ireland is full of spectacular scenery, and there are plenty of ways to unwind while you take it all in. And with the growing popularity of swimming in recent years, here are five inland swimming spots to help you to relax and rejuvenate while you explore:

Five of Ireland’s Most Scenic Inland Swimming Spots

Lough Ouler, Wicklow

This stunning heart-shaped lake is one of County Wicklow’s many gorgeous attractions. Surrounded by green hills, it’s the perfect escape for those looking to reconnect with nature. This is the perfect spot for lovers to stop off along among the Wicklow’s remarkable scenery, and is right near the beautiful and popular Glendalough.

This isolated lake is one of Wicklow’s many spectacular sights, with plenty of fantastic photo opportunities and walking routes to explore.

Glanmore Lake, Kerry

Take a dip in County Kerry’s undisturbed countryside at Glanmore lake, surrounded by the spectacular Caha Mountains. This glistening lake is the ultimate spot for tranquility, there is nothing but greenery and fresh air surrounding it.

Swim in the Mountains at Glanmore Lake

Lower Lough Erne, Fermanagh

Fermanagh’s Lakelands are one of the most popular attractions in Northern Ireland – and for good reason. This peaceful lake is one of many in the area, and is perfect for a refreshing dip. Head to Lower Lough Erne to experience the soothing effects of the water for yourself.

Have a wander around Enniskillen, Ireland’s only island town, which is just as charming as it sounds. With historical buildings, fishing opportunities, museums and traditional pubs, it’s the perfect spot for an authentic Irish experience.

Lake Swimming in Lough Erne

River Shannon, Banagher, Offaly

Banagher is a traditional Irish town, sitting on the banks of the River Shannon – the longest river in Ireland. Enjoy a relaxing swim in this beautiful river, while exploring the Heartlands of Ireland.

Banagher is full of historic sites which can be explored between time out on the river, including the Martello Tower and the Five Arch Bridge. Banagher is also home to some great traditional music in local pubs.

Swim in Ireland’s Longest River

River Barrow, Graiguenamanagh, Kilkenny

Visit the quaint and idyllic town of Graiguenamanagh in County Kilkenny, where the clear waters of the River Barrow await to welcome swimmers. This is a charming little area straight out of a storybook, with hills and greenery winding around the river banks.

Once you’re finished your swim, why not explore the Graiguenamanagh Heritage Trail and Hidden Trails, where you can discover all that this gorgeous town has to offer by foot.

A charming river swim in historic Graiguenamanagh

Find other places for wild swimming in Ireland here.

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Ava Farrelly
Ava Farrelly is a travel journalist for travel2ireland, ITTN and TravelTimes. With a background in arts, culture and lifestyle, Ava has a keen eye for the most visit-worthy destinations and all their attractions.

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