It goes without saying that Ireland has incredible beaches. From the long and sandy stretches, to the remote and wild gems, our beautiful country has plenty to offer when it comes to coastal havens. Here’s a glimpse of possibly Ireland’s Top 5 beaches:
Inchdoney Beach, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Inchydoney Beach is just a ten minute drive from Clonakilty town and boasts two large sandy beaches. Perfect for strolling hand in hand, building sandcastles with the kids, braving the temperatures for a dip or taking advantage of the surf, Inchydoney is everybody’s playground! Popular amongst families and surfers, Inchydoney is sheltered and has stunning views. With numerous hotels in Cork to choose from Inchydoney is well worth exploring.
Inch Beach, Dingle, Co. Kerry
Inch Beach should be on everybody’s to do list! Perched on the Dingle peninsula it is the perfect place to watch the waves roll in. The locals park their cars on the beach to watch the sunset and take full advantage of the views of the Kerry Mountains. The movies Ryan’s Daughter and Playboy of the Western World were both filmed in this gorgeous location.
Fanore, Co. Clare
If you fancy a trip to the wilds of Co. Clare you have to stop off at Fanore Beach! Drive through the fascinating landscape of the Burren with views of Galway City and the Aran Islands to eventually reach Fanore Beach. Fanore Beach is located between the beautiful villages of Ballyvaughan and Doolin and the area is renowned for its unique flora and fauna. A must!
Portsalon Beach, Co. Donegal
Portsalon is world-renowned beach, which was deemed to be the second most beautiful beach in the world by The Observer! Tucked away in the Fanad peninsula in Co. Donegal it is located between Rathmullan and Fanad Head and has fabulous views towards the Inishowen Peninsula. If you are planning a short break in Donegal you will want to make time for a visit to Portsalon Beach!
Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow
Brittas Bay is a 4km stretch of silvery beach on the east coast. If you fancy getting away from the bustling city of Dublin, Brittas Bay is a welcoming spot with its rambling sand dunes. The dunes are home to many interesting wildlife species and plants, including a number of rare species, so you would never know what you might see!