Donegal and Sligo have some of the best beaches in Ireland, many of which are popular for surfing, kite-surfing, swimming, horse-riding, leisure walking or simply enjoying so many spacious, golden strands.
Blue Flags are awarded to beaches that meet specific environmental, safety and management criteria.
Green Coast Awards are awarded to beaches for their natural beauty, clean environment and water quality.
BLUE FLAG BEACHES
IN THE NORTH WEST (BF)
GREEN COAST AWARD BEACHES
IN THE NORTH WEST (GC)
|Dooey||13 km south of Dungloe|
|Port Arthur||5 km north of Derrybeg|
|Magheraroarty||5 km west of Gortahork|
|Drumatinney||3 km north of Falcarragh|
|Ballyhernan||4km south of Fanad Head|
|Ladies Bay||Adjacent to Buncrana Town|
|Rathmullan||Northern shore of Lough Swilly|
|Tra Leadhbh Garbh||On Arranmore Island|
|Dunmoran||30km west of Sligo|
|Streedagh||4km west of Grange|
|Rosses Point||9km west of Sligo|
|Mullaghmore||25km from Sligo or 14km from Bundoran|