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THIS secret Irish beach is the perfect place for a summer’s day out – offering stunning coastal views and the chance to spot seals.

Red Rock Beach in Howth, Co Dublin, is aptly known as the ‘Hidden Beach’ and can only be found by those tackling the Howth Head Cliff Walk.

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Howth’s hidden beaches are hotspots for adventurous swimmersCredit: Alamy
The beach is accessed on a gravel path on Howth cliffwalk

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The beach is accessed on a gravel path on Howth cliffwalkCredit: Alamy

The cliff walk is a must-do for any nature lovers in the warmer months, bringing hikers on a two-hour, six-kilometre loop around the breathtaking clifftop at the north of the city.

Parts of the trail have rough terrain, so hiking boots are a must.

As well as this, parts of the trail and beach are inaccessible to those with mobility aids.

Getting to the Red Rock requires a moderate level of fitness, as it is only accessible down rocky steps.

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But the journey is made worth it for those who can make it as they’re met with spectacular views.

The beach is a perfect place to bird watch and if visitors are very lucky they may even spot some seals – but they shouldn’t get too close.

Getting to Red Rock takes roughly one hour from the start of the trail – hikers should walk towards Baily Lighthouse – a beautiful vantage point along the walk.

While heading there, walkers are advised to look for a gravel path that can be easily missed.

From there, walkers must continue on narrow paths along the cliff’s edge, which will lead them to the picturesque place.

The Hidden Beach gets its name from the gorgeous red sandstone and the inlet is surrounded by large rocks on either side.

The beach provides one of the most beautiful quiet spots for sea-swimming lovers who visit Howth, as the waters are crystal clear.

Swimmers are advised to put their safety first, as there are no lifeguards on the beach, and to check the water quality before heading out.

For those who don’t enjoy the Irish Sea’s cold waters, the beach provides a tranquil place to take a break along the hike for a picnic.

When hikers have finished the trail, they can head to Howth Harbour, where there are ample cafes, restaurants, and pubs to refuel after a satisfying day out.

The journey to Red Rock Beach can also be made quicker by entering the walking trail on the Sutton Roadside and walking up past the Martello Tower.

Hikers are advised to prioritise their safety on the journey, especially if it’s windy, as the path can be uneven.

Red Rock is one of four beaches found along the walking trail and one of two hidden beaches.

However, the second smaller beach poses as a danger to those who go there.

With its steep face, uneven ground, and unpredictably wild winds, it’s better to admire the rare find from a safe distance.

Red Rock Beach in Howth is a perfect picnic and swim spot

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Red Rock Beach in Howth is a perfect picnic and swim spotCredit: Alamy
The cliff walk brings  breathtaking views

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The cliff walk brings breathtaking viewsCredit: Alamy

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