The Tara brooch is not the only treasure that has been hidden away along the great expanse of rugged beauty that is Ireland’s coastline. From the more crowded east coast to the remote corners of the west lie some fantastic beaches, many of which have attained Blue Flag status. Get those flights booked, swimming costumes packed and enjoy the ten most beautiful beaches in Ireland.
A long sandy beach stretches into the distance from Bettystown, County Meath. Along this a special horse racing event takes place every September and distinguishes this beautiful beach further by making it the only European beach that has been approved for horse racing.
Sandycove is a popular seaside resort close to Dublin thathas inspired a literary masterpiece. Nearby is the Martello tower where James Joyce wrote Ulyssesand the beach features prominently in the book’s opening pages. Bloomsday celebrations on June 16thadd to the charms of the resort.
Inch Strand Dingle, County Kerry,has also inspired an artistic masterpiece. The classic film Ryan’s Daughter was shot on location here and made use of the beach’s epic beauty.
Bundoran beach, County Donegal, is revered amongst surfers as one of Europe’s best surfing destinations. Surfers arrive for The Peak, one of Europe’s topsurfing waves.
Families with children who appreciate getting away from it all take note. A gentle stroll through the lush woodlands just 10km out from Donegal Town will bring you to a series of fantastic rolling sand dunes. Heading over these will bring the isolated Murvagh Beach into sight. The tide rolls gently in over a long stretch of shallow sandbanks which, during the summer months, gives the sun plenty of time to rise the temperature of the waters. This makes the beach perfect for children to frolic in the shallows to their heart’s content.
Dunmore East, County Waterford, offers two picturesque coves on one stunning beach. The red sandstone coves contrast with the white lighthouse facing them and make for a scenic view. Further down the coast there are scores of more secluded coves that you can explore and the water is fantastic for snorkelers.
Dollymount is a popular trip for nearby Dubliners who enjoy the charms of the beach and the sight of the Canadian Brent Geese who winter here.
The beach at Fanore in County Clare takes its name from the Gaelic for a ring of gold. Here you will certainly find the best golden sands in Ireland and a great beach to fly a kite from.
Gurteen Bay and Dog's Bay in County Galway have sand so white it can almost hurt your eyes. Sitting opposite each other across a narrow isthmus their white sands and emerald green waters give them an almost Caribbean look.
Pilgrims have made the trek up the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick for centuries. Whether you are on a private pilgrimage, wish to enjoy the panoramic views or are warming up for a swim from one of the inviting, secluded beaches below this stretch of coast ranks amongst Ireland’s finest.
For beautiful beaches Ireland rivals many destinations much further afield. It is just a short hop until you can dive in. Finding the right deal has never been easier either. Stunning beaches await you, so what are you waiting for?
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