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Camping on the coast at Derrynane, Co. Kerry

Camping on the coast at Derrynane, Co. Kerry

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.

Sunset at Salthill Pier, Galway

Sunset at Salthill Pier, Galway

Inch strand in Kerry. Photo: Getty

Inch strand in Kerry. Photo: Getty

Kilmurvey Beach, Inis Mór

Kilmurvey Beach, Inis Mór

Curracloe Beach, Co. Wexford

Curracloe Beach, Co. Wexford

Lahinch, Co. Clare

Lahinch, Co. Clare

A family enjoy a walk on Banna Beach in Co Kerry as the winter Sun sets over West Kerry. Picture: Domnick Walsh

A family enjoy a walk on Banna Beach in Co Kerry as the winter Sun sets over West Kerry. Picture: Domnick Walsh

Portmarnock Strand, Dublin

Portmarnock Strand, Dublin

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Camping on the coast at Derrynane, Co. Kerry

TripAdvisor has announced its readers' favourite Irish beaches, with Inchydoney bagging top spot for the second year running.

"To walk along the beach in the warm Irish sunshine isn't far short of wonderful," said one of the many users gushing about Inchydoney in the 2015 Readers' Choice Awards.

Although a West Cork beach tops the poll, however, four of the Top 10 are in Kerry - including Inch, Derrynane, Rossbeigh and Banna Strand.

The full list is as follows:

  1. Inchydoney, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
  2. Derrynane, Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry
  3. Inch Beach, Dingle, Co. Kerry
  4. Lahinch Beach, Co. Clare
  5. Rossbeigh Beach, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry
  6. Curracloe Beach, Co. Wexford
  7. Banna Strand, Co. Kerry
  8. Kulmurvey, Inis Mór, Co. Galway
  9. Salthill Beaches, Galway
  10. Portmarnock Beach, Dublin

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Sunset at Salthill Pier, Galway

Sunset at Salthill Pier, Galway

Sunset at Salthill Pier, Galway


Salthill, Galway - its beaches ranked ninth on TripAdvisor's list.

Now in their 13th year, the Travellers' Choice Awards honour TripAdvisor's most outstanding properties and attractions across the globe.

The world's top beach was Baia do Sancho in Brazil.

TripAdvisor's Top 10 Irish hotels were also announced recently, with Harvey's Point in Donegal topping the poll for the third year running.

Kerry did pretty well there too - with four hotels in the Top 10.

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Coomeenole, Dingle peninsula, Co. Kerry.

Coomeenole, Dingle peninsula, Co. Kerry.

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.

Keem Bay, Achill Island.

Keem Bay, Achill Island.

Tullan Strand, Co. Donegal: Stretching from the north end of Bundoran to the Erne estuary, surfers rank Tullan Strand as one of Ireland's most consistent beach breaks. But there's far more than surfing to it, as our photo illustrates... including horse-riding in the dunes.

Tullan Strand, Co. Donegal: Stretching from the north end of Bundoran to the Erne estuary, surfers rank Tullan Strand as one of Ireland's most consistent beach breaks. But there's far more than surfing to it, as our photo illustrates... including horse-riding in the dunes.

Portsalon Beach, Co. Donegal. Photo: Getty

Portsalon Beach, Co. Donegal. Photo: Getty

Fanore, Co. Clare: Often passed over in favour of Doolin and Lahinch, Fanore must surely rank amongst Clare’s most beautiful beaches. Backing onto the Burren, and bookended with large, tufty dunes that are perfect for exploring and leaping off (don’t tell the coastal erosion people we told you), Fanore is covered in sand that assumes an almost terracotta glow in the evening light.

Fanore, Co. Clare: Often passed over in favour of Doolin and Lahinch, Fanore must surely rank amongst Clare’s most beautiful beaches. Backing onto the Burren, and bookended with large, tufty dunes that are perfect for exploring and leaping off (don’t tell the coastal erosion people we told you), Fanore is covered in sand that assumes an almost terracotta glow in the evening light.

Barleycove, Co. Cork

Barleycove, Co. Cork

Old Head, Co. Mayo

Old Head, Co. Mayo

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.

Silver Strand, Co. Donegal: One of several silver strands scattered around the Irish coastline, this beautiful nook is stashed way out west on the Slieve League Peninsula near Glencolmcille. Snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing are all gorgeous here, and the out-of-the-way location means you'll only have to share it with crowds on the sunniest of summer days.

Silver Strand, Co. Donegal: One of several silver strands scattered around the Irish coastline, this beautiful nook is stashed way out west on the Slieve League Peninsula near Glencolmcille. Snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing are all gorgeous here, and the out-of-the-way location means you'll only have to share it with crowds on the sunniest of summer days.

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Coomeenole, Dingle peninsula, Co. Kerry.

 


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