Ireland's Top 10 beaches for 2018 - 'I always feel at peace there...'
Reader Travel Awards 2018
East, West, North or South, which Irish beach did you say forms the picture-perfect image of the coast for 2018?
Ireland's favourite beach 2018
Winner: Inch Beach, Co Kerry
“A huge stretch of white sand with dunes parading the sea front. Panoramic views as you approach and when you leave. A beach with plenty of space, totally clean, and a nice little cosy spot near the main car park for tea or coffee.”
Sound like the ideal beach? That was just one reader’s description of Inch, the Dingle Peninsula strand that topped our poll as Ireland’s favourite.
“Inch is the most magical place,” another reader told us. “I always feel at peace there and those mountains as a backdrop make it a stunning location.”
Ireland’s top 10 beaches 2018
- Inch, Co Kerry
- Curracloe, Co Wexford
- Inchydoney, Co Cork
- Lahinch, Co Clare
- Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow
- Dog’s Bay, Connemara, Co Galway
- Tramore, Co Waterford
- Banna, Co Kerry
- Enniscrone, Co Sligo
- Ballybunion, Co Kerry
- Read the full results of our 2018 Reader Travel Awards here.
On Inch, you can “walk for miles uninterrupted,” you said.
“So much space and golden sands for kids to play on,” you added, with “stunning views”, “great surf” and a knack for catching the imagination whatever the weather.
“I absolutely adored Inch Beach on a grey/windy day,” another reader wrote. “Never fails to amaze no matter what the season!”
It is “heaven on earth”.
Travel Trends 2018
Life's a beach
Inch is one of three Kerry beaches to make our readers’ Top 10, highlighting the popularity both of the Kingdom and the Wild Atlantic Way in this year’s votes.
The judges also remarked on a list that was based not just on scenic beauty, but also on practicality, nostalgia and visitor facilities.
Thus, while stunners like Achill’s Keem Bay or Cork’s Barley Cove featured in the Top 20, they were edged out of the Top 10 by the enduring popularity of holiday hotspots like Lahinch (above), Tramore and Brittas Bay.
“Inch beach by a country mile. On no other beach in Ireland can you see the sky reflecting on the endless massive stretch of beach. It’s almost heavenly even in wintertime.”