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Discover the Best Beaches in Ireland: A Guide to Coastal Beauty

Explore the rugged charm of Ireland’s coastline with our guide to the

Explore the rugged charm of Ireland’s coastline with our guide to the best beaches the country has to offer, and as recommended by families throughout Ireland. While we may not boast tropical paradises, our shores are adorned with unique and picturesque coastal areas. Below are some of the top beaches that showcase the beauty of Ireland’s coastal landscapes:

  • Inchydoney Beach, County Cork:
    • A Blue Flag beach with golden sands and excellent facilities.
    • Ideal for surfing enthusiasts and long, leisurely walks.
  • Derrynane Beach, County Kerry:
    • A part of the iconic Ring of Kerry, renowned for clear waters and scenic surroundings.
    • Adjacent to the Derrynane National Historic Park, offering more exploration opportunities.
  • Copper Coast, County Waterford:
    • Not a single beach but a stretch of coastline with numerous coves and bays.
    • Renowned for geological significance and stunning landscapes.
  • Keem Bay, Achill Island, County Mayo:
    • A sheltered bay with a sandy beach surrounded by cliffs and mountains.
    • Scenic drive to Keem Bay adds to the overall experience.

  • Curracloe Beach, County Wexford:
    • Famous for its long, sandy beach and sand dunes.
    • Notable as a filming location for “Saving Private Ryan.”
  • Strandhill Beach, County Sligo:
    • A hotspot for surfers with great waves.
    • Backed by dunes and overlooked by Knocknarea Mountain.
  • Portsalon Beach, County Donegal:
    • A Blue Flag beach with fine golden sand and clear waters.
    • Ideal for swimming, walking, and water sports.
  • Tramore Beach, County Waterford:
    • Popular resort with a long sandy beach and excellent surfing conditions.
    • Features an amusement park and other attractions.
  • Barleycove Beach, County Cork:
    • Beautiful beach nestled between sand dunes and hills.
    • Perfect for families and nature enthusiasts.
  • Mulranny Beach, County Mayo:
    • A Blue Flag beach with stunning views of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick.
    • Starting point for the Great Western Greenway, a scenic walking and cycling trail.

*Remember to check weather conditions before planning your beach day in Ireland, and always adhere to safety guidelines and tide information provided at each location.

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