Cork claims top spot on list of best beaches 

Cork claims top spot on list of best beaches 
Provision 080219A man walks his dog on Inchydoney Strand, West CorkPic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A picturesque piece of Cork’s coastline has come up trumps as the best beach in Ireland according to TripAdvisor users.

Inchydoney Beach in Clonakilty was lauded as the best piece of sand and sea on the island with Banna Strand and Inch Beach, both in Kerry, coming in second and third.

While Cork took the top spot, Kerry dominated the top 10. with six beaches in total from the Kingdom making it onto the list.

“These awards recognise the best beaches in Ireland and worldwide, according to the travellers that have visited and given them the highest levels of praise,” TripAdvisor spokesperson Hayley Coleman said. 

 “The residents of Clonakilty should be very proud to see Inchydoney Beach climbing up from second place last year to be named Ireland’s very best rated beach this year.” 

 Travellers’ Choice Beaches award-winners were determined based on the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period.

In the world ranking, Baia do Sancho in Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago with UNESCO world heritage status, was named the number one beach in the world and La Concha Beach in San Sebastian, Spain, remains Europe’s number one beach for the second year running.

La Concha is located in the centre of the city and has 1,500 metres of white sand, plus a small island off the bay that beachgoers can swim out to with its own small beach, a lighthouse, picnic tables and a bar.


1. Inchydoney Beach, Clonakilty 

2. Banna Strand, Tralee 

3. Inch Beach, Inch 

4. Strandhill Beach, Strandhill 

5. Derrynane Beach, Caherdaniel 

6. Coumeenoole Beach, Dingle 

7. Lahinch Beach, Lahinch 

8. Rossbeigh Beach, Glenbeigh 

9. Ladies Beach, Ballybunion 

10. Portmarnock Beach, Portmarnock

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