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What are the top 10 beaches in Ireland?

Ireland is well known all over the world for having several areas of outstanding natural beauty, as well a host of bustling modern cities.

Millions of tourists head to Ireland every year and for the most part, they head to the cities and natural or ancient attractions.

The top 10 beaches in Ireland

However, that isn’t all the country has to offer. Being a small island on the edge of Europe, Ireland is home to several beautiful beaches that are perfect for relaxing, playing beach games or even surfing.

Holiday website Trip Advisor has released a list of the top 10 beaches in Ireland, according to its users.

It will come as no surprise that the south west of Ireland features prominently in the list, with four of the top 10 beaches located in the stunning Co Kerry.

However, the top beach in Ireland, for the second year running was Inchydoney, Clonakilty in Co. Cork.

Here is the countdown of the top 10:

10 – Portmarnock Beach, Dublin
9 – Salthill Beaches, Galway
8 – Kulmurvey, Inis Mór, Co. Galway
7 – Banna Strand, Co. Kerry
6 – Curracloe Beach, Co. Wexford
5 – Rossbeigh Beach, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry
4 – Lahinch Beach, Co. Clare
3 – Inch Beach, Dingle, Co. Kerry
2 – Derrynane, Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry
1 – Inchydoney, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

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So if you are in Ireland and decide you fancy a bit of sunbathing, it might be best to head to the west of the country, with only two east coast beaches making the top 10 – in Dublin and Wexford.

Trip Advisor also revealed that the number one beach in the world was Baia do Sancho in Brazil, so if you’re in Ireland, you’ve gone the wrong way!

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4 thoughts on “What are the top 10 beaches in Ireland?

  1. Downpatrick Co.Down is the burial place of St. Patrick. Go see it! Worthy of a visit?

    12/10/2016 at 2:42 am
  2. Donna jones

    Ballymastocker bay in Co Donegal was voted second best beach in the world and it isn’t even listed Amazed!
    I also agree with previous comment beaches along Atlantic way are beautiful I have been to Clonakilty and it is beautiful but Donegal beaches are in a class of there own

    22/02/2016 at 8:09 pm
  3. Bev Milliken

    Was disappointed to see that none of the beaches in Co. Donegal were included. I visit Downings every year (sadly not this year though) for a week in the two month period my friend stays in her family holiday home. The beaches along the Atlantic Way are amazing.

    12/07/2015 at 11:19 am
  4. Nelson Campbell

    You forgot beaches in Downhill, Castlerock, Portstewart and Portrush Co. Antrim World class. Also New Grange Boyne Valley. Regards.

    12/07/2015 at 1:32 am

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