Beaches

Antrim

Whiterocks Beach

Portrush – Antrim

Awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Award again in 2015, Whiterocks Beach has become a favourite with locals and a must see destination for international visitors.

 

East Strand Beach

Portrush – Antrim

Stunning golden sandy resort beach with excellent views of The Skerries and Causeway headlands. Wide range of amenities and attractions in close proximity to the beach. Popular for watersports all year round, especially surfing.

 

Ballycastle Beach

Ballycastle – Antrim

Ballycastle Beach offers stunning views of Rathlin Island and Fairhead ans is approximately 1.2 kilometres in length.

 

Browns Bay – Islandmagee

Larne – Antrim

Browns Bay has been awarded the Rural Seaside Beach Award.

 

Ballycastle Marina

Ballycastle – Antrim

Ballycastle’s superb 74 berth Marina is situated on the spectacular North Antrim Coast. It offers excellent scope for marine travel around Ireland and to Scotland. Blue Flag Award Winner.

 

Whitepark Bay – North Antrim Coast

Ballintoy – Ballycastle – Antrim

The spectacular beach forms a white arc between two headlands on the North Antrim coast. In this secluded location, even on a busy day there is a refuge for quiet relaxation.

 

Cork

Barleycove Blue Flag Beach 2015

Goleen – Cork

Barleycove Blue Flag Beach

Barley Cove is a sandy beach located in County Cork. It is quite a remote area and there is a floating bridge in place to manage access and reduce impact on the natural surroundings. It has been designated as a Special Area of Conservation under the European Habitats Directive.

It is lifeguarded on weekends during bathing season and there is a noticeboard with visitor information on the beach.

The beach has received the International Blue Flag award for 2015.

 

Front Strand Beach

Youghal – Cork

One of the main tourist attractions in Youghal is split into three strands; the Front Strand, Claycastle and Redbarn Strand. They are all sandy and safe beaches suitable for families, picnics and walks. Car Parking is available in all three.

 

Red Strand Beach 

Cork

Clonakilty is known as the Beach Centre of West Cork. As well as the Red Strand, the Long Strand, Ballinglanna, Duneen and numerous quiet coves. Red Strand is a small beach located in a horseshoe bay near Rosscarbery in County Cork. It is quite popular for surfing and has reasonably consistent surf all year round.

 

The Warren Beach

Rosscarbery – Cork

The Warren is a small, sheltered beach backed by sand dunes located in Rosscarbery, County Cork. It is a designated Natural Heritage Area and has great facilities including a car park and toilet facilities.

This beach is lifeguarded during the bathing season and further information can be found on the notice boards located at the beach.

 

Galley Cove Beach

Crookhaven Village – Cork

Galley Cove is located approximately 1.5km west of Crookhaven Village in County Cork. The beach is approximately 250m in length and is part of a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a National Heritage Area (NHA) as well as being a National Green Coast Awarded Beach.

The beach is popular with swimmers and walkers and forms part of a well used walking route from Barley Cove to Crookhaven.

 

Donegal

Ballyhernan Beach Green Coast 2015

Ballyhernan Beach – Donegal

Green Coast beaches are ideal for those wishing to enjoy a beach experience far removed from the intrusions normally associated with the traditional and more urban seaside beaches.

 

Bundoran Blue Flag Beach 2015

Bundoran – Donegal

With Bundoran’s main street only 250 metres away, there are lots of activities to get involved in and many amenities within walking distance, including cafes, restaurants and hotels. It is a very popular surfing spot and attracts visitors from near and far.

 

Kerry

Ballybunion North Blue flag Beach 2015

Ballybunion – Kerry

Ballybunion

Ballybunion North Beach is located within walking distance of the town of Ballybunion in County Kerry. It is also known as Ladies Beach due to the fact that women and children used to bathe on a separate beach from the men. It has an extensive rock formation and some shallow caves to explore at low tide.

 

Banna Blue Flag Beach 2015

Banna – Ardfert – Kerry

Banna Blue Flag Beach

Banna Blue Flag Beach is an extensive sandy beach located 7km north of Tralee Town. It has an extensive dune system which is protected and is a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The beach lies within the Akeragh, Banna and Barrow Harbour SAC and proposed Natural Heritage Area (pNHA) as well as the Magharee Islands SAC and Tralee Bay Complex Special Protection Area (SPA).

Banna Blue Flag Beach has a place in Irish history for its ill-fated landing of arms by the executed Sir Roger Casement in the run-up to the 1916 Easter rebellion.

The beach is lifeguarded during the bathing season and more information can be found on the notice board located at the beach.

 

Ballybunion South Blue Flag Beach 2015

Ballybunion – Kerry

Ballybunion

Ballybunion South Beach is a beautiful stretch of golden sand, surrounded by rocky headlands and high cliffs overlooked by a picture perfect castle. This beach is lifeguarded during the bathing season and more information can be found on the notice board located at the beach.

 

Camp Beach

Camp – Kerry

Camp Beach is located in the small village of Camp in County Kerry. It is a golden sandy beach, popular with both swimmers and walkers.

 

Mayo 

Achill Island Blueway, Achill Island

Achill – Mayo

Achill Island has long been a popular water-sports and walking destination with a range of accommodation, dining and entertainment options. The Blueway trails on the island are located on the north and western coastline at Doogort and Keem.

 

Bertra Beach Blue Flag 2015

Murrisk – Westport – Mayo

Bertra  Beach

Bertra Beach is a wide strand located 12km from Westport in County Mayo. It is mainly a sandy beach with some rocky stretches in the spring tide. There is a car park and toilet facilities are provided.

The beach is lifeguarded during the bathing season and more information can be found on the notice board located at the beach.

This beach has received the International Blue Flag award for 2015.

 

Waterford

Bunmahon Beach

Bunmahon – Waterford

Bunmahon Beach is a 5km sandy beach backed by sand dunes with tall cliffs at each end offering protection and shelter to the beach area. The sand dune area boasts an abundance of interesting flora and fauna encompassing a wide array of uncommon species. The beach area is also adjacent to a Natural Heritage Area (NHA).
There is a caravan park, modern outdoor play park and basketball court located directly behind the beach and it is also well serviced with food outlets, shops and amusements.

 

Wexford

Ardamine Beach

Courtown – Wexford

Ardamine Beach is a long sandy beach located in Courtown, County Wexford.
At the curve in the beach, built up sand has created a shallow, stoneless sandbank where the waves break early before reaching the beach.

 

Baginbun Beach

Hook Peninsula – Wexford

Baginbun Beach is a secluded and sheltered beach located just outside Fethard in County Wexford.

 

Ballinesker Blue Flag Beach 2015

Ballinesker –Castlebridge – Wexford

Sandy beach

Ballinesker Beach is on the east coast of County Wexford, 5 miles north of Wexford Town. The Beach is a 3 mile section of a long stretch of sandy coastline extending from the Special Area of Conservation at the Raven Point to Ballyconniger Head, which is approximately 10 miles long. The Beach has an easterly aspect overlooking Wexford Bay and the Irish Sea and is bordered on the west by a line of sand dunes. The area is essentially rural with the nearest population centre in Wexford Town.

Ballinesker Beach has been awarded the Blue Flag Beach 2015.

 

Ballymoney North Beach

Wexford

Beach

Both Ballymoney North and South Beaches are extremely popular. From the southern beach there is a good size lane over the rocks connecting it to the northern beach.

This beach has a lifeguard station and other amenities like toilets and a shop can be found at the southern beach.

 

Cahore Green Coast Beach 2015

Cahore – Wexford

The Pier in Cahore, from the North Beach

Cahore Beach is on the east coast of County Wexford, 35 kilometers north of Wexford Town. It is a 500m section of pebbled coastline. It has an easterly aspect overlooking the Irish Sea and is bordered on the west by car park and a line of sand dunes. The area is adjacent to the rural village of Cahore.

This beach has been awarded the Green Coast Award for 2015.

 

Carnivan Beach

The Hook Peninsula – Wexford

Carnivan Beach is a long sandy beach with rock pools at low tide. It is a popular surfing spot with a surf school at the beach that provide lessons and equipment hire.

 

Wicklow

Arklow South Beach

Arklow – Wicklow

Arklow- south beach

South Beach, it is a sandy stretch of beach backed by Boulders. A short walk from the Town Centre to the harbour area and then further along the road via Qualceram is the south beach and the jetty.

This beach has been awarded the Green Coast Award for 2015.

 

Brittas Bay North Beach

Brittas Bay – Wicklow

Brittas Bay North is one of the most popular beaches in Wicklow. It has a 3.2km stretch of powdery sand and sand dune system which is a designated area of significant interest as they are home to many interesting wildlife species and plants. It is ideal for bathing, sailing and walking and has car park and toilet facilities.

Dogs are allowed on beach but must be on a lead and under strict supervision of the owner. Owners must clean up after their dogs.

The beach is lifeguarded during the bathing season and more information can be found on the notice board located at the beach.

 

 

 

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