There are so many lovely beaches in Mayo, in fact Mayo has some of the most beautiful coastline in Ireland. Here’s our pick of the Best Mayo Beaches for Families:
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Carrowmore Beach is a sandy beach located in a special protection and conservation area. The beach is lifeguarded during the bathing season.
Clare Island Beach
The beach on Clare Island surrounds the harbour and is a good spot for swimming and exploring the shoreline. It’s a beautiful setting for a picnic. Note that lifeguards are not on duty during the bathing season but lifebuoys are provided on the beach.
Dooega Beach, located on the south side of Achill Island, is a sheltered south facing beach, perfect for summer bathing.
Dugort, on the north side of Achill Island, offers two wonderful beaches looking out onto Blacksod Bay. The larger beach, the Golden Strand, is also known as Barnyagappul Strand, the name derives from the Gaelic Trá ‘Bhearna na gCapall’ meaning “the strand of the gap of the horses” and refers to times when horses were used to carry seaweed from the shore to local fields to use as fertilizer.
The second Blue Flag beach at Dugort is known as Pollawaddy strand and this smaller beach shelters in the shadow of Slievemore mountain. On New Year’s Day this beach hosts the first dip of the year as hardy locals (and visitors) bathe in its bracing waters.
Located 9 km south of Belmullet, Elly Beach is a fine sandy beach, it is clean and sheltered making it ideal for swimming, sailing, surfing and other water sports.
The beautiful Blacksod Point is close to Elly Bay; the nearby Blacksod Bay is unique in Ireland because all four species of sea mammals live here: common seals, grey seals, bottle-nosed dolphins and harbour porpoises.
Keel Beach is located by the village of Keel on Achill Island is a south-facing sandy horseshoe-shaped beach facing south. It is one of the most popular and magnificent sandy beaches on Achill Island. From the beach you can see Slievemore where the famous Desert Village is sheltered, and Mweelaun Cliffs; looking six miles south you can spot the Bill, a legendary isolated arrangement of three rock stacks.
Keel beach is a haven for a variety of water sports such as diving, surfing, windsurfing, swimming or even for a stroll on the long golden sandy beach.
Achill Island boasts some of the finest beaches in Ireland with Blue Flag beaches, including the beach at Keem Bay, a horseshoe-shaped bay with fine golden sand, perfect for bathing and snorkelling. You’ll enjoy the views getting there from the stunning cliff-top road, and there’s a car park close to the beach itself.
Keem Bay has been listed among 10 of the world’s most breathtaking beaches, according to the Irish Independent, taking its place alongside beaches the Seychelles, Tahiti, Big Sur California and other global locations.
Mullaghroe Beach is a sheltered, sandy and secluded beach overlooking Blacksod Bay, ideal for swimming and water sports. There is a small car park with toilets nearby.
Mulranny has a number of spectacular coves with soft golden sand and sand dunes. All have wonderful views across Clew Bay and out towards Clare Island. The beach is accessible via the Causeway. There are lifeguards are on duty during bathing months. Toilets available.
Old Head Beach
This popular beach is located 16 kilometres (10 miles) west of Westport town and approx. 3.5km east of Louisburgh. Old Head Beach is a long, crescent-shaped sandy beach with spectacular views to Croagh Patrick.
It’s a great beach for families to swim, picnic and play in the sand. At low tide, kids will enjoy the rock pools. The beach is also used by water sports enthusiasts who come here to snorkel, kayak and windsurf. The beach is lifeguarded during summer months.
There’s a small harbour and a nearby woodland walk. There are ramps to access the beach, good access also for those with mobility problems.
Ross Beach, located 5km north of Killala Town, along the shoreline of Killala Bay, is a sandy beach, perfect for a family walk or for a day at the beach. There is safe swimming beside the car park in the designated bathing area. The beach is lifeguarded during summer months.
Over to you now. Do you have a favourite of Mayo Beaches that you like taking the kids to? Share it with us in the comments below.