Summer is coming! Well… kind of. It’ supposed to be anyway.
Okay, so we’ve seen a glimmer of sunshine and we’ve already whipped out the shorts and sunscreen, so we’re pretty much praying for the sun to come now.

And here at Hats Off, we want you to be ready for the sun (whenever it does decide to come out of hibernation) so we’re showing you five of Ireland’s best beaches to visit this summer.


  1. Inchydoney Beach, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

With its breath taking views, white sandy beach and clear blue waters, Inchydoney beach is universally recognised as Ireland’s best beach to holiday at, perfect for walks and when the waves are good, ideal also for surfing. Secluded and peaceful, when the sun shines, this beach feels like a tropical paradise!

Ireland's Best Beaches


  1. Brittas Bay Beach, Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow


Set in the Garden of Ireland, Brittas Bay Beach covers an expanse of white powdery sand and grassy verges. Rumoured to be the landing site of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, Brittas Bay is the perfect setting for relaxing with hidden dunes providing private areas throughout.

Ireland's Best Beaches


  1. Ballybunion Beach, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry

One of the lesser recognised but equally beautiful  beaches on our list is Ballybunion Beach, set in the picturesque town of Ballybunion, there are two main beaches, known to locals as the “Men’s Beach” and the “Women’s Beach” divided by a piece of cliff. Atop this cliff sits the historical castle ruins. These beaches and ruin site meet up with a scenic walking route that allows visitors to walk along the edges of the cliffs and see the natural formations such as the “Tripod”. Ballybunion beach has also been known to be the home of dolphins during the summer months!

Ireland's Best Beaches


  1. Banna Strand, Tralee Bay, Co. Kerry

With a view of the mountains of the Dingle Peninsula and located just 7 miles North West of Tralee, this beach, famously known for being a site of firearms importation during the 1916 Rising is now known mainly for its illusion of seclusion from the surrounding areas. Banna Strand is a haven of solace and tranquillity.

Ireland's Best Beaches

  1. Magheroarty Beach, Co. Donegal

Magheroarty Beach in Donegal is an almost ethereal looking expanse of white-pink sand. Situated close to Inishbofin, Tory and Horn Head on all sides, ferry trips can be taken from this beautiful location to Tory island daily. So set sail over the horizon and enjoy a day suitable for all the family.

Ireland Beaches


A huge Hats Off to all the beautiful beaches in our country.

So set off this summer, and feel the sand between your toes and the wind in your hair!