10 Outdoor Swimming Pools in Ireland You’ll Want to Visit

Kellie Kearney

July 24, 2019

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While we may not get tropical weather that leads to a summer of sun, it turns out there are heaps of outdoor pools scattered across Ireland. Whether tidal, heated or lakeside, there are lots of outdoor swimming pools in Ireland to choose from – and fingers crossed for some summer sun!

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Dotted around the country you’ll find some glorious summer hotspots. Water fun in the great outdoors is something memories are made of, so what are you waiting for? Cool down with a splash and plenty of fun in one of these great outdoor swimming pools in Ireland!

As with all amenities, please check the opening times and prices before travelling. Private events, galas, tides or weather conditions will affect the availability of these pools. All prices and details correct at time of writing.

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Ballina Outdoor Swimming Pool, Co Tipperary

Ballina riverside pool

Ballina Riverside Park is a heated 25-metre outdoor pool, open to the public with fully qualified lifeguards.

Fun for all the family, it opens daily between 2pm – 6pm all season.

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Linn Snámha Chúil Aodha, County Cork

Located in the heart of the Gaeltacht, Cúil Aodha (Coolea) is a heated, chlorinated pool located near Macroom offering daily swims throughout the summer months. The outdoor swimming pool offers swimming lessons for all levels and water safety programmes.

Sessions and times vary, so check online for the full list of available sessions.

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Bagenalstown Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool, County Carlow

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Open from early June to late August, Bagenalstown is an excellent attraction for families and children to cool off in the summer months. You’ll find a heated, outdoor 25m pool and paddling pool.

The club also offers swimming lesson for adults and kids, and hosts swimming galas and open water races throughout the summer.

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The West End Pool, County Donegal

West End Pool Donegal

The West End Pool isn’t your standard swimming pool, it is a large manmade sea water pool located on the coastal path of Bundoran. For obvious reasons, it’s not heated nor is it wheelchair or buggy friendly.

The bathing pool is free, however you will need to check out times of opening locally as the edge sweeps directly into the surrounding sea.

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Lough Derg, Portumna, County Galway

Located at Lough Derg Water Recreation Park you will find a well maintained lakeside swimming pool, complete with a shallow area cordoned off for small children.

Toilets, showers and changing areas are available on site, as well as ample car parking. Lifeguards can be found on duty during the summer months and entry is completely free.

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Arvagh Outdoor Swimming Pool, County Cavan

Arvagh outdoor swimming pool

Situated overlooking the beautiful Garty Lough Lake, Arvagh outdoor swimming pool is a great location to cool down on a warm summer’s day.

Arvagh accommodates all ages and abilities at the newly renovated pool. For those not keen on splashing about, there is a children’s park adjoining the pool area.

In July and August, Arvagh also offers Irish Water Safety swimming and life-saving classes.

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Castlerea Outdoor Swimming Pool, County Roscommon

Castlerea Outdoor Swimming Pool

Castlerea Outdoor Swimming Pool is a fantastic amenity managed and operated by Roscommon County Council.

Supervised by fully trained lifeguards, the 33m outdoor, heated pool is open from Wednesday to Sunday throughout most of June, July and August. Other facilities include well maintained individual changing cubicles and showers.

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Belmullet Tidal Pool, County Mayo

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Tidal pools are rare in existence on the Emerald Isle but if you find yourself on the coastal roads of Belmullet in the warm summer months, make sure you stop off to see their impressive 20-metre pool.

Adjacent to the main pool there is a smaller pool perfect for younger children. A lifeguard hut and portaloos stand nearby.

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Ballinakill Outdoor Swimming Pool, County Laois

The outdoor swimming pool in Ballinakill has reopened following a massive revamp, thanks to the local community and hours of voluntary work. The newly refurbished 35m pool includes a safe 10m toddler area.

The pool opens Monday to Friday between 5.30pm and 8.30pm and weekends from 2.30-5.30pm and 6.30-8.30pm.

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Drumshanbo Outdoor Pool, County Leitrim

Drumshanbo Outdoor Swimming Pool

Enjoy the open air surroundings and stay pleasantly warm in Drumshanbo’s only outdoor swimming pool. With both shallow and deep ends, it’s suitable for the whole family.

The well-maintained amenity has individual changing areas and showers and adjoins Acres Lake, where there are tennis courts and a children’s playground. The Sliabh an Iarainn Visitor Centre is also located nearby which gives an insight into the Industrial Heritage of the area.

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Published On: July 24th, 2019 / Categories: Ireland, Travel / Last Updated: July 18th, 2021 / Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , /

About the Author: Kellie Kearney

Award-winning blogger Kellie Kearney is a mammy of six. Kellie spends her days bribing her kids, counting to three and making memories, whatever the weather, finding free or cheapish family-friendly days out just so they will sleep through the night! (She also hosts a series ‘Adventures of Eire’ over on her award-winning parenting blog www.mylittlebabog.com)

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