With “summer” upon us, it is time for the annual announcement of Ireland’s Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards. In all 85 beaches achieved the Blue Flag award this year, with 56 earning National Green Coast Awards.

There are numerous criteria to be met for a beach to achieve the Blue Flag status; water quality levels, information provision, environmental education, beach management & EU bathing water directives. Whereas the Green Coast Awards which are generally aimed at more rural beaches which may not be designated bathing places with facilities such as toilets. They recognise beaches for their clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty.

Kerry & Donegal have topped the list for the number of Blue Flag beaches, both with 13, with Mayo in 3rd, with 11.

Everyone will have their own opinion on what are Ireland’s Best Beaches, there are so many to choose from all over the country, each one different to the next. Some of our favourite beaches can be seen below and they are parts of some of our more popular tours, such as Ring of Beara Hike, Donegal Cycle, Dingle Peninsula Guided Walk, Burren & Connemara Hike or Wicklow Way Guided Walk.

Ballydonegan Beach

Derrynane Beach, Ring of Kerry

Fanore Beach, Clare

Malin Beg, Donegal

Ventry Beach, Dingle

Magheramore Beach, Wicklow


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