Wednesday 25 April 2018

Ireland's Top 10 beaches for 2018 - 'I always feel at peace there...'

Reader Travel Awards 2018

Inch Beach, Co. Kerry: Ireland's favourite beach for 2018. Photo: Tourism Ireland
Inch Beach, Co. Kerry: Ireland's favourite beach for 2018. Photo: Tourism Ireland
Reader Travel Awards 2018, as revealed in Weekend Magazine and Independent.ie.
Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsula. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

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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

  1. Inch, Co Kerry
  2. Curracloe, Co Wexford
  3. Inchydoney, Co Cork
  4. Lahinch, Co Clare
  5. Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow
  6. Dog’s Bay, Connemara, Co Galway
  7. Tramore, Co Waterford
  8. Banna, Co Kerry
  9. Enniscrone, Co Sligo
  10. Ballybunion, Co Kerry 

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

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Lahinch. Co. Clare. Photo: Deposit

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.

Your say

“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.”

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