Keem Beach

Best Beaches in the West of Ireland

This year’s list of Blue Flag beaches in the West has just been revealed.

Of the eighty eight Irish beaches awarded the Blue Flag, some forty two are in the West.

A blue flag standard is an international award which recognises outstanding compliance with sewage treatment and bathing water quality criteria.

Sixty one beaches have won green coast awards, a record. These were first awarded in 2003 and rolled out nationally in 2008.

The award recognises beaches for their clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty.

Only five have won dual status; two of those are in the West. Silver Strand in Co Galway and Rosses Point in Co Sligo were awarded Blue and Green Flags.

Both schemes are operated by An Taisce.

Full list of Blue Flag beaches in the West:


– Ballycuggeran (Killaloe)

– Cappa pier

– Fernier

– Kilkee

– Lahinch

– Mountshannon

– Spanish Point

– White Strand Doonbeg

– White Strand Miltown Malbay

lahinch beach

Lahinch Beach


– Downings

– Rossnowlagh

– Greencastle Marina

– Bundoran

– Carrickfinn

– Culdaff

– Fintra

– Killahoey

– Magherawarden (Portsalon)

– Marblehill

– Murvagh

– Portnoo /Naran

– Shroove

Bundoran Beach

Bundoran Beach


– An Trá Mhór (Inverin)

– Cill Mhuirbhigh (Aran)

– Loughrea Lake

– Salthill

– Silverstrand

– Trá an Dóilin (An Cheathrú Rua)

– Traught

– Portumna


Blackrock Diving at Salthill Promenade


– Bertra

– Carrowmore

– Clare Island

– Dooega

– Elly Bay

– Golden Strand

– Keel

– Keem

– Mullaghroe

– Mulranny

– Silverstrand Dugort

– Ross Killala

Keel Beach

Keel Beach, Achill


– Rosses Point


Rosses Point Beach

Rosses Point Beach

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