Top 5 Beaches in Ireland

Posted by Ola Kosakowska on the 20th of November 2015 at 09:38:11

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Summer is gone, and we feel bad about it. So every now and then, I like to remind myself of happier times when I could just go to the beach on a warm day.

Ireland has some stunningly beautiful beaches along its 5000km of coastline. These include a large number of beaches and marinas awarded Blue Flag status for their cleanliness, water quality, safety and level of environmental protection.

Here are our personal Top 5 favourite beaches on the Island of Ireland:

1. Rossnowlagh Beach, Donegal:

The 'Heavenly cove' is regarded by many as the most scenic and dramatic beach in the whole northwest facing the Atlantic Ocean. Miles of golden sand it is popular for all kinds of water sports; board sailing, surfing and water skiing.

Rossnowlagh Beach

2. Stradbally Cove, Co Waterford:

Discretely tucked in the bottom of a wooded valley, you'll find a V-shaped plain of golden sand, banked by magnificent rocky cliffs - a local favourite for family outings and the place where generations of Stradbally kids have happily learned to swim. The Copper Coast -- the name refers to the region's copper mining heritage -- is literally studded with hidden coves and wonderful, family-friendly beaches such as Annestown and Bunmahon. It also has been awarded European and UNESCO Geopark status.

Stradbally Cove


3. Dugort, Achill Co. Mayo:

County Mayo on the North West coast has many lovely clean beaches which are ideal for swimming, sailing, surfing and other water sports. This is just one of them.

4. Gurteen Bay/Dog's Bay, Connemara, Co Galway:

What more could a beach lover ask for than not one, but two crescent moons of blazing bright, seashell sand. So, take your pick between Gurteen and Dog's Bay. Should the one not quite strike your fancy, try the other, though it's hard to see how either could fail to fulfil the desires of even the most demanding bathers. When the sun shines here, the emerald green waters of these two beaches can compete with anything a Caribbean isle has to offer.

Gurteen Bay / Dog's Bay Connemara


5. Kells, Cahirciveen, Co Kerry:

Thissafe, secluded beach makes an idyllic spot for a quiet swim in the lovely water of Dingle Bay. To fully experience the unique flora and fauna of this hidden valley, visit Kells Gardens -- 40 acres of rare and unusual varieties including, they say, Europe's largest collection of ferns and Ireland's largest palm tree

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