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Wednesday 27 August 2014

10 best: Wild Atlantic Way beaches

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Beach and waves at Slea Head, Iveragh Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland
Coomeenole, Co. Kerry: Coomeenole sits right at the tip of Slea Head, watching out over the Blasket Islands. Many will recognise it from Ryan’s Daughter (1970), but a new generation of visitors are more intent on surfing than the silver screen. It's a stunner.
Dog's Bay, Connemara: Just a couple of kilometres from the village of Roundstone on the Ballyconneely Peninsula you'll find two of the sweetest beaches on the Wild Atlantic Way. Dog's Bay and Gurteen Bay lie back to back, and both are great for walking and swimming, but it's the snow-white sands of the former that do it for us.
Silver Strand, Co. Donegal: Of the several silver strands scattered around the Irish coastline, this one is stashed way out west on the Slieve League Peninsula near Glencolmcille. Snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing are all gorgeous here, and the remote location means you'll only have to share it with crowds on the sunniest of summer days.

The 2,500km touring route has no shortage of super beaches... but which are the best? Here's our pick. Let us know yours!

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