7 amazing beaches in Ireland that you have to see 5 years ago

7 amazing beaches in Ireland that you have to see

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A shout out to all our beaches.


We're lucky to have so many amazing beaches in Ireland. There's something for everyone, whether you prefer rocky wilderness, huge sandy plains or the remote charm of a hidden beach.

Picking the country's best beach is almost impossible but here are a few essential beaches to add to your bucket list.

7. Inch Beach, Co Kerry


Why: This iconic beach was a location for two famous films, turning up in both ‘Ryans Daughter’ and ‘Playboy of The Western World.’ A 5km long sandy beach that is a great spot for walking, swimming, surfing or bird watching.

What they say: "Walking on Inch Beach is an almost mystical experience." (TripAdvisor)

Where: 11 minutes drive from Annascaul.


6. Curracloe, Co Wexford

Why: Curracloe was the setting for Saving Private Ryan but this seemingly endless beach is normally a tranquil and beautiful setting. The sandy dune system that provides a backbone for the beach is also an Area of Scientific Interest.

What they say: "It's breathtaking to say the least, and it seems to run for miles and miles!" (TripAdvisor)

Where: Four minutes' drive from Currocloe.


5. Ballycastle Beach, Co Antrim

Why: Located near the end of the Antrim Glens, this beach boasts some striking attractions like Pan's Castle and the carved steps and underwater cave called the Devil's Churn.

What they say: "A beautiful, long, sandy beach with really scenic views of Rathlin Island, Fair Head, the Mull of Kintyre and the Sea of Moyle. Lots of interesting little coves, etc. to explore." (TripAdvisor)

Where: Beside Ballycastle.


4. Strand Hill, Co Sligo

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Why: This renowned surfing beach is also a fantastic spot for a walk. Strandhill boasts a rugged beauty and charming setting that makes it well worth a visit.

What they say: "The hills overlooking the bays are so dramatic, and the views of the ocean are breathtaking." (TripAdvisor)

Where: Beside Strandhill village.

3. Inchydoney, Co Cork

Why: Named the best beach in Ireland by tourists for three years running, there’s no doubting the pedigree of this Cork beach. A vast sandy beach with crystal-clear waters, it's a popular surfing spot and a fantastic family-friendly space.

What they say: “Stunning views, wide stretches of gorgeous sandy beach.” (TripAdviser)

Where: 10 minutes’ drive from Clonalkilty.

2. Silver Strand, Co Donegal

Why: You need to climb down steep steps to this sandy cove, which makes it feel like a real hidden gem. Its dramatic setting and the fact that you'll often have it to yourself makes it a remote treat that has to be experienced.

What they say: "Finding this gem was one of the highlights of our Ireland visit." (TripAdvisor)

Where: 14 minutes' drive from Gleann Colum Cille.

1. Dog's Bay, Co Galway

Why: This spectacular horseshoe-shaped beach is renowned for its unique white sand, which is made entirely from fragments of seashells. This sheltered area is ideal for swimming and water sports and it also forms a tomobolo with the neighbouring Gurteen Beach.

What they say: "Wow! Put this on the "must do" list, right near the top. Probably the best beach on our trip, this one ticked all the boxes." (TripAdvisor)

Where: Seven minutes' drive from Roundstone.

There's nothing like hitting the open road and exploring the many attractions that Ireland has to offer. Just imagine how much better a trip to any of the above locations would be in the comfort of a BMW 5 Series G30.

The beauty of your destination would only be enhanced by the pleasure of driving there in your very own BMW 5 series. For more information, check out the website.

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