Pollacappul beach, with Carnhill in the background, County Mayo.

This hidden gem is little known, tucked away down a long laneway, and absolutely stunning. As you crest the hill on this rough single-track lane through farmland, look to the right to see the breathtaking vista of this secluded beach. Cross an old concrete stile and a field to a second stile, which leads onto the beach. 

The water is clear, shallow and gently shelving; a small cave to the left provides shelter on windy days and, if you swim out around the rocks to the left of the beach, there is a tiny narrow cove: perfect for naked sunbathing. Sitting here, you will see an arch in front. At low tide it is possible to walk through. Is this tiny cove a jellyfish nursery? Iridescence flashes from the jelly-babies as they catch the sunlight, turning in the gentle tides. Few people venture to this less-popular part of the Mullet Peninsula and this beach, tucked as it is so far off the beaten track, will probably be completely deserted, leaving you to enjoy the tranquil solitude of this gorgeous bay. 

Bring a picnic for this trip as once you get here, if the weather is good, you will not want to leave. Having this pristine beach all to oneself to swim and sunbathe and laze the day away – bliss!

At a glance

A perfect secluded beach to skinny-dip and sunbathe, miles from the tourist crowds. There are rocks to climb along the coast and inlets to explore.

Pollacappul Beach, Belmullet, County Mayo.

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