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.
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
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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Irish citiesBelfast Cork Derry Dublin Galway Limerick Waterford
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