Lahinch beach is a 1.6 km sandy beach located on Liscannor Bay, on the northwest coast of County Clare. It is a large crescent-shaped sandy beach which faces the open Atlantic Ocean. It lies on the N67 national secondary road, between Miltown Malbay and Ennistymon.

Due to the very exposed nature of the beach at Lahinch, there are few animals to be seen living in the sand. However if you take a walk along the flat rocky shoreline to the left of the strand, here you will see Limpets, Barnacles, Winkles and tiny Mussels. The brown seaweed, the Bladder Wrack, is also present on this rocky shore. In the rock pools, besides the animals mentioned, you can also see small, pink tufts of the Corallina alga which has an outer chalk like covering, small fish and Anemones.

Of late Lahinch has become renowned as one of the foremost surfing locations in Ireland, as well as other watersports including kitesurfing and windsurfing. The surf here attracts thousands of surfers all year round although the currents can be quite dangerous.

The beach is lifeguarded during the bathing season. Lifeguard times can be viewed by clicking on the tab above or by checking out the information notice board at the beach.

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