With the fabulous news of a heat stroke coming this week, holiday makers and day-trippers have been given an added boost by the announcement from An Taisce of a record number of Blue Flag awards for water quality at Ireland’s beaches and marinas. 93 Irish beaches and marinas have been awarded Blue Flags this year.
With this great news, I decided to compile a quick little list of some of the more scenic options.
Bundoran is a sandy beach facing Donegal Bay and the Atlantic. With Bundoran’s main street only metres away, there are lots of activities to get involved in and many amenities within walking distance, including cafes, restaurants and hotels.
Keem Bay is a rural and sheltered beach surrounded by cliffs on Ireland’s largest island – Achill Island. It can be found at the head of a valley between the cliffs of Benmore to the west and Croaghaun Mountain on the east on Achill Island.
Barley Cove is located between the headlands on the Mizen Peninsula in West Cork. It is an ideal family beach with an extensive dune system set in wild and beautiful scenery.
Seapoint is located just outside Dun Laoghaire in County Dublin. It is a very popular swimming destination with locals and has toilet and shower facilities.
Elly Beach is a fine sandy beach located 9km south of Béal an Mhuirthead (Belmullet) in Erris, Co. Mayo. The beach is clean, sheltered and ideal for swimming, sailing, surfing and other water sports.
Rosses Point is situated 8km from Sligo town and is a 2km stretch of fine sand backed by sand dunes. It is a popular seaside resort.
Travel to County Wicklow and explore breathtaking Brittas Bay. Admire the rolling stretch of golden sand dunes and soak up views of the rugged coastline. Spend some time on one of Ireland’s best beaches and go for a refreshing swim in the turquoise blue water.
Click here for the full map of blue flag beaches.