Dugort Beach (Silverstrand, Pollawaddy Strand)

Dugort Beach - County Mayo
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This lovely little stretch of fine sand is located within the Special Conservation Area (SAC) on Achill Island. Perhaps the most notable feature about Dugort beach is the enormous peak of Slievemore which towers over the western end of the beach, dwarfing the cottages in front. The mountain also does a good job of sheltering the beach at Dugort from the Atlantic breezes.

To the rear of the beach is the typical low-lying flat grassland or machair which is found across Achill. This is is of particular ecological interest and is rich in flora and fauna.

On New Year’s Day Dugort beach holds its annual first dip of the year with hardy (read mad) locals and visitors taking a plunge into the frigid January waters.

Also known as:

Silverstrand, Pollawaddy Strand

Type of beach

Sand & pebble

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs must be on a leash and droppings removed.

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  • Swimming/bathing


  • Pub nearby

Nearest town


OS grid ref.


Parking available.


Blue Flag Award

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