The Beach Guide

Best beaches in County Cork

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in County Cork as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in County Cork is Garryvoe. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in County Cork just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • Garryvoe Beach © John M | BY-SA

    1. Garryvoe Beach

    Garryvoe beach is a mix of pebbles and rock set in the beautiful south-east of Cork. It lies on the R632 a short drive up the coast from Shanagarry. In summer this Blue Flag beach is a popular destination for families and the facilities…

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  • Garretstown Beach © John M | BY-SA

    2. Garretstown Beach

    Garrettstown is a popular sandy beach. Despite this it still retains a rural feel and has not been over developed. It's a great family beach with all the facilities including a seasonal lifeguard service. With a ramp down to the beach…

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  • Tragumna Beach © A Mccarron | BY-SA

    3. Tragumna Beach

    The tiny village of Tragumna is found about 5km from Skibereen, along the County Cork coastline. The small, attractive beach here is mainly sandy, flanked by rocks and cliffs which offer some shelter from the prevailing winds . A small…

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  • Owenahincha Beach © Caitlin Ferguson-mir | BY-SA

    4. Owenahincha Beach

    Owenahincha is an extensive sandy beach which for much of its length is backed by dunes. This area is a popular holiday destination with lots of camping and caravan sites in the vicinity. However, the resort isn't quite the height of popularity…

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  • The Warren Beach © Caitlin Ferguson-mir | BY-SA

    5. The Warren Beach

    The Warren is a small sandy rural beach backed by dunes and situated at the mouth of the Roscarbery River. The Rosscarbery Estuary is a sea inlet fed by small rivers from the north and north-west. At the southern end of the beach is a…

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  • Inchydoney Beach © David Leip | BY-SA

    6. Inchydoney Beach

    This vast, sandy beach, on Inchydoney Island, a short drive from Clonakilty, is one of the most beautiful to be found along this stretch of the coastline. The pale, pristine sand is backed by dunes and gentle rolling countryside. The beach…

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  • Barleycove © Martin Southwood | BY-SA

    7. Barleycove

    Barleycove is a stunning, sandy beach in a sheltered bay between Mizen Head and Lyroe peninsulas close to the Southwesterly tip of Ireland. The pristine sand is cleaned regularly and the beach has been awarded coveted Blue Flag status.…

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  • Garrylucas Beach © John Darch | BY-SA

    8. Garrylucas Beach

    Garrylucas Beach lies just next to the Old Head of Kinsale, about 24 miles south-west of Cork. This Blue Flag beach has a good expanse of clean, white sand with some areas of grassy dunes. On either side of the beach there are rocky cliffs.…

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