Top 10 Beaches in Ireland, Ireland

May 22, 2022 Franklyn Hardiman

Woven with wild greenery and Gaelic legends, the Emerald Isle is one of Europe’s most prized jewels. Rugged Atlantic beaches and mystery-shrouded sites rub shoulders with the cosmopolitan cities of Belfast and Dublin, where literary history and warm Irish hospitality are always in abundance.
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1. Barleycove Beach

Schull Ireland
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
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0%
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Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 218 reviews

Barleycove Beach

Reviewed By gloriao796

We spent a very enjoyable afternoon at Barley Cove,the beach is pristine, the waves huge just right for surfing

2. Banna Strand

Banna, Tralee V92 E395 Ireland
Excellent
81%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 525 reviews

Banna Strand

Reviewed By GalwaayGalwaygirl34 - Galway, Ireland

Visited this beach while away.Such a beautiful beach , we walked for a long while , the beach is kept spotlessly clean loved it

3. Causeway Coastal Route

Glenstaughey Road, Ballintoy BT64 6NE Northern Ireland +44 7415 751828 [email protected] http://www.causewaycoastalroute.com
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 2,114 reviews

Causeway Coastal Route

The Causeway Coastal Route is a designated tourist drive around the coast of Northern Ireland between Belfast and Londonderry. The route follows the coast and takes you to several major tourist attractions including The Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle, The Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery and the Glens of Antrim. There are a further nine shorter scenic routes that loop off the main Coastal Route. These are : Islandmagee, Slemish Mountain, Glenariff, Glendun, Torr Road, Glenshesk, Bann Valley, Binevenagh Mountain and the Roe Valley.

Reviewed By nyackgirl47 - New York City, United States

We rented a car at the airport in Belfast, and drove to Derry. Very inexpensive way to see everything if (a) you can drive a stick shift car, and (b) you can acclimate to driving on the opposite side of the road (we're American, so we had to acclimate!). We spent a couple of days in Derry, and then took the Causeway Coastal Route straight down until we picked up the highway just outside Ballygally (spent the night there enroute). We sought out several of the Game of Thrones sites enroute, so we kind of did our own tour (saw the dark hedges, the caves, and a couple of the doors - one at Mary McBride's pub and the other at the Ballygally Castle). You will see so much along this route - the seaside resort town of Portrush (where the British Open golf tournament is currently being played), the remains of the Dunluce castle, the Carrick rope bridge, adorable little towns. It's wonderful!

4. Derrynane Beach

Darrynane More, Caherdaniel Ireland
Excellent
87%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 338 reviews

Derrynane Beach

Reviewed By Farrellfamily - Ireland, null

Visited twice during a holiday in Kenmare. Stunning beach, clean, crystal clear waters and golden sand. A real gem!

5. The Nuns Beach

Ballybunion Ireland
Excellent
79%
Good
21%
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5.0 based on 29 reviews

The Nuns Beach

Reviewed By JamiemToronto - Toronto, Canada

Worth the drive to this Beach. It is a bit of a challenge to get down to it but so worth it. Mesmerizing is really the key word. I saw it at dusk and in the daylight and it was so different each time.

6. Dog's Bay Beach

Roundstone Ireland http://www.discoverireland.ie/Arts-Culture-Heritage/dog-s-bay-beach/88690
Excellent
83%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 252 reviews

Dog's Bay Beach

Reviewed By victoriafoody - Victoria, Canada

We discovered this beach at the end of our day driving the Wild Atlantic way. In hindsight, we should have driven straight here and just hanged out at the beach. We arrived here without any beach gear (swim suits, towels etc), but it didn't matter. We were just happy to walk or sit on the gorgeous white sandy beach, play in the crystal clear water and admire the beauty of the landscape. We had only allowed ourselves an hour here, next time we'll make sure that we can spend most of the day to relax at the beach.

7. Coumeenoole Beach

Dingle Ireland
Excellent
83%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 261 reviews

Coumeenoole Beach

Reviewed By placestothank

Beautiful beach in all weathers, great for swimming on a sunny day and walking (down to) on in stormy weather.

8. East Strand

Portrush BT56 Northern Ireland +44 28 7034 7234 [email protected] http://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/see-do/beaches/east-strand-portrush
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 193 reviews

East Strand

Reviewed By Expedition600826

Perfect beach for young children: good clean sand and long stretches with clear views. The water is cold when you first go in but soon warm up running in and out! Perfect to build up an appetite. Fussy eaters were looking for extras.

9. Portmarnock Beach

Portmarnock Ireland
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 281 reviews

Portmarnock Beach

Reviewed By Claire546 - Ballymena, United Kingdom

I had the pleasure of walking this busy beach during a recent stay here. I found it very clean which was surprising given how many people, dogs and horses were also enjoying it. The perfect place for a stroll along the beach to blow the cobwebs away.

10. Rossbeigh Beach

Rossbeigh, Glenbeigh Ireland 353-64-31633 http://glenbeigh.ie
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 310 reviews

Rossbeigh Beach

Reviewed By N6166ICsusano

Stunning place. I highly recommend Ireland and the west coast in particular. Stunning scenery and beautiful friendly people

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