Ireland’s top 10 beaches for 2018 revealed by Tripadvisor

The travel site users voted beaches in counties Kerry, Cork, Donegal, Galway and Sligo as the best

Inch beach on the Dingle peninsula has been awarded the top spot as Ireland's best beach for 2018 by Tripadvisor.

The Blue Flag Inch beach stretches more than 5km into Dingle Bay with views of Slieve Mish and MacGillicuddy Reeks.

"Probably the best beach in the world," one Tripadvisor user commented.

A number of beaches along the Wild Atlantic Way have featured in the top 10 of the annual Travellers’ Choice “Best Beaches” awards.


The awards are determined from traveller reviews and ratings from the beaches on Tripadvisor over a 12-month period.

Inchydoney beach in west Cork came in second place for the second year in a row. The beach is located just a few kilometres from Clonakilty and is backed by dunes.

Dog’s Bay beach in Roundstone, Co Galway was voted into third place in the survey.

"Year after year Ireland's beaches continue to beat many others located in exotic destinations around the globe, proving that it's not just good weather that makes a cracking beach," TripAdvisor spokeswoman Hayley Coleman said.

The world's best beach is the seven mile long beach Grace Bay in Providenciales, the main island of Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean.

La Concha Beach in San Sebastian was voted Europe's number one beach. It is located in the city centre and has 1,500 metres of white sand.

Top 10 beaches in Ireland

  1. Inch Beach, Inch, Dingle, Co Kerry
  2. Inchydoney Beach, Clonakilty, Co Cork
  3. Dog's Bay Beach, Roundstone, Co Galway
  4. Barleycove Beach, Schull, Co Cork
  5. Coumeenoole Beach, Dingle, Co Kerry
  6. Maghera Beach and Caves, Ardara, Co Donegal
  7. Silver Strand Beach, Malin Beg, Co Donegal
  8. Derrynane Beach, Caherdaniel, Co Kerry
  9. Strandhill Beach, Strandhill, Co Sligo
  10. Banna Strand, Tralee, Co Kerry

Top 10 beaches in Europe

1. La Concha Beach, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

2. Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Greece

3. Falesia Beach, Olhos de Agua, Portugal

4. Fig Tree Bay, Protaras, Cyprus

5. Bournemouth Beach, Bournemouth, Dorset

6. Kleopatra Beach, Alanya, Turkey

7. Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy

8. Balos Beach and Lagoon, Kissamos, Crete, Greece

9. Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain

10.Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Top 10 beaches in the world

1. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

2. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

3. Varadero Beach, Varadero, Cuba

4. Eagle Beach, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

5. Seven Mile Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands

6. La Concha Beach, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

7. Clearwater Beach, Florida, United States

8. Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica, Caribbean

9. Bavaro Beach, Bavaro, Dominican Republic

10.Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Rachel Flaherty

Rachel Flaherty

Rachel Flaherty is an Irish Times journalist