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Top 10 beaches in Ireland


The weather has been exceptionally great in Ireland for the past few days and it looks to continue well into next week! Can we beat the hottest day ever recorded in Ireland (33.3 °C in June of 1887 at Kilkenny Castle)? What better time to write an article about the top 10 beaches in Ireland.

While the sun is out, and most exams are done, we thought we would share with you the best beaches across this sunny Island. Get that tan while you can, just remember to wear sunscreen as our frail Irish skin is not used to all this attention from the sun.

10 Dog’s Bay, Co Galway

<b>Dog’s Bay, Co Galway</b>
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It really doesn’t get much better than this. Dog’s Bay beach is home to the whitest sand in Ireland, a rare sight in itself. This secluded beach is the ideal choice for all types of beachgoers. From water sports to simply laying out in the sun, Dog’s Bay has it all and that why we think it may be the best beach in Ireland.


9 Killiney Beach, Co. Dublin

<b>Killiney Beach, Co. Dublin</b>


It may be less sandy then some of the other beaches on this list but Killiney Beach is still a perfect getaway location. Located some 30 minutes from the City Centre, this beach is perfect after those long days in college or work.

8 Inch Beach, Co. Kerry

<b>Inch Beach, Co. Kerry</b>
Credit: Dingle Peninsula


Kerry is home to some of the best views in Ireland and this beach is no different. Laid across miles of perfectly powdery sand Inch beach offers everything a sun worshiper would want. Definitely worth a visit!

7 Strandhill Beach

<b>Strandhill Beach</b>
Credit: The Aussie Nomad


This one is for those looking to be active in the sunshine! Strandhill beach is a great spot for water activities such as surfing. There are surfing lessons available for those new to the sport. However, don’t worry if surfing is not your thing, the beach itself has plenty to offer by way of cosy sand and Atlantic views that would be the perfect setting for a seaside picnic.

6 Murlough Beach, Co. Down

<b>Murlough Beach, Co. Down</b>
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Co. Down is home to the long stretching Murlough beach. This one is perfect for those stereotypical long walks on the beach. Murlough Beach is backed by great sand dunes that give the beach an enclosed and private feel to it. Bring along your partner or dog (or both!) and they are sure to be excited about the scenic offerings that this sandy walk has to offer.

5 Murder Hole Beach, Donegal

<b>Murder Hole Beach, Donegal</b>
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Granted, a bit tricky to get to, this Donegal Beach is worth the effort. Surrounded by curvy cliffs this sandy shore is the perfect place to get away from it all and unwind as you listen to the waves swaying against the rocks. Don’t let the name put you off, this beach is often named as Ireland best-hidden beach and it is easy to see why.

4 Inchydoney Beach, Co. Cork

<b>Inchydoney Beach, Co. Cork</b>
Credit: Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

Cork brings us another unbelievably scenic location in its visually stunning Inchydoney Beach. This charming beach offers world-class views over the ocean as well as plenty of sand that is ideal for the weather that Ireland is currently experiencing.

3 Portsalon Beach, Co. Donegal

<b>Portsalon Beach, Co. Donegal</b>

Located in a Natural Heritage Area of Donegal, Portsalon beach is the perfect location for those looking to spend the day relaxing among the picturesque landscape. The golden sand and clear waters will make you feel as though you are on holidays in Spain. Not bad for an Irish beach.

2 Mulranny Strand, Co. Mayo

Located in Mayo, Mulranny Strand offers a little piece of seaside bliss that can only be appreciated in the good weather. This stunning beach offers you the best that the West has to offer and we recommend you get your towel down on the powder like sand A.S.A.P!

1 Barleycove Beach, Co. Cork

<b>Barleycove Beach, Co. Cork</b>

Kicking off this list is the impressive Barleycove beach located in West Cork. With its jewel-blue waters and warm sand, it is no wonder that this is one of the most sought-after beaches in Ireland. The shallow waters also make an excellent choice for those looking to dip their toes in the Irish waters.

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