With 90 Blue Flags issued this year for beaches and marinas, Ireland boasts some of the most scenic, safe and splash-worthy beaches! We’ve rounded up Ireland’s Blue Flag beaches by county so you can start planning for family days of sandcastles and seaside fun!
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The beach is such a fun place to explore with so many exciting ‘treasures’ to find along the way, from shells and sea creatures to driftwood and seaweed. If you’re planning a trip to the beach, why not check out our fun Beach Scavenger Hunt for kids?
Our beach checklist might come in handy too!
What Are Blue Flag Beaches?
The Blue Flag is recognised around the world as an eco symbol of merit, with 49 countries worldwide participating.
The goal is to raise environmental awareness, and criteria includes excellent water quality, safety, cleanliness, clear signage and information, and more.
77 of the 80 beaches and all 8 marinas awarded last year have retained Blue Flag status for 2020. Bertra in Mayo and Bundoran in Donegal have regained Blue Flag status having lost it in 2019, while Youghal Claycastle has been awarded for the first time since 2011.
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Blue Flag Beaches in Ireland – By County
Blue Flag Beaches in Clare
- Ballycuggeran (Killaloe)
- Cappa Pier
- Spanish Point
- White Strand Doonbeg
- White Strand Miltown Malbay
Find out more about family-friendly walks in Clare that make a great alternative for a day out, and don’t miss our pick of the top things to do in Clare with kids – we’ve even got FREE things to do too!
Blue Flag Beaches in Cork
- Redbarn Beach
- Youghal Claycastle
Don’t miss our pick of the top things to do in Cork with kids!
Blue Flag Beaches in Donegal
Blue Flag Beaches in Dublin
- Portmarnock/Velvet Strand
While Dublin may not have a wide selection of Blue Flag beaches, it does have LOTS of options for family days out.
You definitely won’t want to miss these 40 fun and FREE things to do in Dublin with kids that includes a huge variety of options – or perhaps these ideas that are ideal for older kids and teens to do in Dublin.
Blue Flag Beaches in Galway
Due to restrictions in place to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, it was not possible to put a lifeguard service in place for Cill Mhuirbhigh, on Inis Mór in County Galway for the bathing season. As a result, the Blue Flag has been withdrawn for this year.
- An Trá Mhór (Inverin)
- Loughrea Lake
- Trá an Dóilin (An Cheathrú Rua)
If you’re looking for more ideas, these family-friendly walks in Galway make a great alternative for a day out.
Blue Flag Beaches in Kerry
- Ballybunion South
- White Strand Cahirciveen
Don’t miss these 40 fun family things to do in Kerry that includes caves, waterfalls, dolphins, surfing, prehistoric footprints, and so much more!
Blue Flag Beaches in Louth
Blue Flag Beaches in Mayo
- Clare Island
- Elly Bay
- Ross Killala
- Silverstrand Dugort
Blue Flag Beaches in Sligo
- Rosses Point
Blue Flag Beaches in Waterford
- Councillors Strand Dunmore East
- Dunmore Strand
Don’t miss our pick of the top things to do in Waterford with kids!
Blue Flag Beaches in Wexford
Due to lower than normal beach sand levels, Wexford County Council have withdrawn the Blue Flag awarded to Courtown Beach.
- Ballymoney North
Blue Flag Beaches in Wicklow
- Bray South Promenade
- Brittas Bay North
- Brittas Bay South
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Have your say! How many of these Blue Flag beaches in Ireland have you visited? Which one is your favourite? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!