Doughmore Bay

County Clare

A long, sweeping 2km stretch of golden sand, Doughmore Bay is 4km north of the village. There's often good surf here; rent equipment in Lahinch.

Its southern end, behind the dunes, is dominated by Trump International Golf Links.

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