Last Updated: 31st July, 2022
Listed below are some of the best beaches in County Cork. The Blue Flag one of the world’s most recognised eco-labels recognises beaches for their clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty has been awarded to beaches in County Cork.
Allihies Beach situated at the western tip of the Beara Peninsula 19 km form Castletownbere town. The village of Allihies is approximately 1 km up the hill from the beach.
Barleycove Beach, West Cork is a large sandy beach backed by sand dunes. The sand dunes were thrown up in the tidal wave that swept Europe after the earthquake in Lisbon in 1755. Today they have been partially eroded but they are protected like much of the coast round this area as European designated Special Areas of Conservation. The road goes to the east of the beach across a causeway bisecting Lissagriffin Lakes and at the T-junction you turn left to Mizen Head.
Garretstown Beach, West Cork lies near the Old Head of Kinsale and a short drive from Kinsale town and Ballinspittle village, much favoured for surfing.
Garryvoe Beach, East Cork located close to the towns of Shanagarry, Ballycotton and Midleton. A very popular beach in East Cork in the Summer months.
Inchydoney Beach in West Cork is a short drive from Clonakilty town, a beautiful sandy beach popular for surfing, anglers and family days out, you can choose from two sections on this beach.
Owenahincha Beach, West Cork is close to Clonakility, this is an exposed beach.
Redbarn Beach, in East Cork is located 5km from Youghal town in front of the Quality Hotel. Visitors can enjoy a walk from Redbarn to Youghal beach, you have the choice to walk along the shore or the timber boardwalk area.
Youghal beach connects Youghal to Redbarn and is approximately 5km. It currently holds the International Blue Flag award.
The Warren Beach (Rosscarbery), West Cork is a small local sandy beach backed with sand dunes. The area around the beach has been designated as a Natural Heritage Area.
Tragumna Beach, West Cork is located just a few miles from Skibberren town
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