- Discover Beaches
A blue flag beach in Carraroe in Connemara, Trá an Doilin has no sand, just fine coral. It’s a great spot for snorkelling and diving. There's a lifeguard on duty in the summer. There are a number of lovely beaches in Carraroe, Trá na Reilige, Caorán Mór, Ciarán Beag, Trá an Tuismeain to name a few. So there are plenty of options if the coral beach is too busy.
On the way to Carraroe you will also pass beaches in Spiddal and Inverin (Tra Mór) which are also quite nice, and in Furbo, where you can sit in the beer garden of Padraicin’s pub and look out on Galway Bay.
There's a blue flag beach at Inishmore on the Aran Islands. Inis Oirr and Inis Meain also have some nice beaches.
Silverstrand in Salthill is nice and you can avail of horse riding and windsurfing there as well.
Fanore in Co. Clare is very nice. There are also nice beaches in Kilrush and Kilkee and yet another blue flag at Lahinch.
Rossnowlagh beach, Donegal near Bundoran is one of Irelands' main surf beaches. It is also great for long walks. It is fittingly known as Heavenly Cove. Bundoran itself has a nice beach which is very popular with surfers.
Old Head beach is near Croagh Patrick in Mayo, which is around 16km from Westport. Cliffs on one side, forest behind it, and looking directly out on Clew Bay, this is an area of outstanding beauty.
If you’re down in Kerry be sure to pop in to the picturesque town of Ballybunion and head to the sandy beach for a swim or a surf.
Inch Beach is located in a natural heritage area. The beach juts out into the sea.
Redbar and Claycastle in Youghal have blue flags but the front stand does not.
Skerries in North Dublin and Killiney in South Dublin are two of the best locations for a swim in Dublin.
Rosses Point in Sligo is a 2km long stretch of sandy beach backed by sand dunes. There are nice views of Ben Bulben from here.
*Blue flag has strict criteria dealing with safety and water quality.