What do you picture when you think of Ireland? Guiness? Leprechauns? Shamrock? Green meadows full of knee high grass? Rolling hills dotted with sheep? Winding country roads leading to nowhere?

What about beaches?

Ireland is not well known for it's beaches, but that does not mean it hasn't got them.

Every photo you can see here was genuinely taken in Ireland.

Soft, deep sand, as far as the eye can see, like a golden blanket hugging the shore. This is what you'll find on Ireland's West Coast.

While you're enjoying a dip or catching some rays, you can enjoy the views too, with picturesque cliffs jutting out into the sea.

The problem is it doesn't have the weather to match. It would be a lie if I told you that Ireland's beaches were glorious all year round; the truth is that most of the time you will be greeted by drizzly skies.

But when you do find a sunny day, it's just perfect.

The moral of the story? If you're going to Ireland, don't forget your swimwear.

Where have you discovered amazing beaches on your travels?

PS. Check out Ireland's glorious hills and picturesque lakes too.