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Ireland's 30 best beaches: Make the most of the sunshine!

From sweeping strands to hidden coves, we've updated our list of the 30 best beaches in Ireland.

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Dog's Bay beach Galway

Dog's Bay beach Galway

Best beaches guide

Best beaches guide

Fanore beach

Fanore beach

Inchydoney, Co. Cork: Voted best in Ireland in TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards.

Inchydoney, Co. Cork: Voted best in Ireland in TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards.

Great Blasket Island, as photographed from the air by Raymond Fogarty of Aircam Ireland.

Great Blasket Island, as photographed from the air by Raymond Fogarty of Aircam Ireland.

Kite-flying on the beach

Kite-flying on the beach

Kayaking on the west coast

Kayaking on the west coast

Laytown Strand, Meath

Laytown Strand, Meath

Curracloe beach, Co. Wexford

Curracloe beach, Co. Wexford

Seafood

Seafood

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Dog's Bay beach Galway

Get the wind in your hair and sand in your toes with our pick of Ireland's best beaches... what do you think of our picks?

Best for beauty

1. Dog's bay, Co Galway

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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 lying back to back. Both Dog's Bay and Gurteen Bay are good for walking and swimming, but it's the snow-white sands of the former that do it for us.

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 lying back to back. Both Dog's Bay and Gurteen Bay are good for walking and swimming, but it's the snow-white sands of the former that do it for us.

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 lying back to back. Both Dog's Bay and Gurteen Bay are good for walking and swimming, but it's the snow-white sands of the former that do it for us.

Not so much a beach as a long crescent of sand back-to-back with another beaut of a silvery bay, Gurteen. Both have white sand made of tiny particles of seashell and between them you'll always find shelter from the summer breeze.


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