Tuesday 23 July 2019

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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Pól Ó Conghaile

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
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.

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

Dunquin pier (Dún Chaoin), Dingle, Co.Kerry.

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.”

More from our Reader Travel Awards 2017:

Ireland's Favourite Airline: Our readers reveal their No.1! Revealed: Ireland's favourite overseas holiday destination Flying High: This is Ireland's top travel agent, according to you... Revealed: Ireland's Top 10 home holiday destinations Pampering time? This is the best spa in Ireland - according to you! Ireland's best breakfast revealed - here's your favourite morning feast! Ireland's favourite cruise line - you voted, and the results are in! Best family-friendly place to stay in Ireland? Our readers have chosen! John & Francis Brennan's tourism survival guide: six tips for success Ireland's best hotel: Our favourite place to stay, according to you! Meet Martin Corbett, your 'Face of Irish Hospitality' for 2017! Ireland's Top 10 beaches - as chosen by you! Best Irish Adventure: The activity you most want to do in 2017 Ireland's Hidden Gem: The No.1 place you think should be better known Is this Ireland's tastiest food experience? Our readers say yes!

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