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Monday 1 May 2017

Ireland's Top 10 beaches - as chosen by you!

Reader Travel Awards 2017

Inchydoney Beach: Your favourite for 2017!
Inchydoney Beach: Your favourite for 2017!
Inchydoney, Co. Cork
Inchydoney strand
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East, West, North or South, which Irish beach forms the picture-perfect image of the coast?

Winner: Inchydoney, Co. Cork

You have as many ways of spelling Inchydoney as you do ways to enjoy it, but we most definitely know the beach you mean.

Inchydoney is “all things to all beach-goers,” you said. It’s beautiful to look at, super for walks and safe for swimming.

You can surf there, go rock-pooling, build sandcastles and of course, twin your visit with a bite or a stay at the Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Hotel.

Readers' Choice: Ireland's Top 10 beaches

  1. Inchydoney, Co Cork
  2. Curracloe, Co Wexford
  3. Inch, Co Kerry
  4. Enniscrone, Co Sligo
  5. Keel, Achill Island, Co Mayo
  6. Lahinch, Co Clare
  7. Ballybunion, Co Kerry
  8. Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow
  9. Tramore, Co Waterford
  10. Barley Cove, Co Cork

Inchydoney is no stranger to awards, having won TripAdvisor’s best Irish beach in its annual Travellers’ Choice Awards, and the fact that it’s in West Cork... well, that’s just the icing on the cake. 

Four of your favourite beaches

Dog's Bay, Ballyconneely Peninsula, Connemara (6).JPG  

YOU SAY:An Port in Donegal is the most incredible place. It has a deserted village and dramatic sea stacks. This is such a rugged, spiritual place it is almost other worldly, I keep coming back to it.”

YOUR SAY: Curracloe beach in Wexford. If only all beaches could be this good. Beautiful sand, expansive view and a little bit of history. This is a winner for me.”

YOU SAY:Coumeenoole beach, Co. Kerry. God had the magic dust out when he created this part of the world!”

YOU SAY:Dog's Bay beach in Galway (above)! It would give the Maldives a run for its money!”

YOU SAY: Coral beach, Carraroe, Co. Galway. The coral, and the idea that when you look out to sea, the next stop is America.”

TRAVEL TRENDS: Wild Atlantic Winner


Three years ago, nobody had heard of the Wild Atlantic Way. Now, it ranks among our readers’ Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Ireland.

Our judges noted its success in capturing the imagination of both overseas and domestic visitors, but also the fact that, despite rising visitor numbers, it’s still possible to find entire stretches in remote locations — such as The Sheep’s Head Peninsula — to yourself.

“I moved back from Dublin, and now I drive part of it every day on the way to work,” one reader wrote. “It just makes you love Ireland a little more every morning.”

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