Best beaches in County Mayo

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in County Mayo as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

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

  • 1. Keem Beach

    Keem © Mariusz Z

    Keem Bay, at the western end of Achill Island is one of the most picturesque small beaches in Ireland. 

    Clean white sands slope gently into the turquoise waters of the bay.  The beautiful beach is backed by grassy slopes and the bay is sheltered on either side by cliffs, which support a variety of plants and…

  • 2. Old Head Beach

    Old Head © Oliver Dixon | BY-SA

    This excellent, rural beach - possibly one of the best in County Mayo - lies just off the R335 between Kilsallagh and Louisburgh. The long, crescent-shaped stretch of sand lies in a sheltered position and provides spectacular views over Croagh Patrick (Ireland's Holy Mountain) to the south-east. At the western end of the beach there…

  • 3. Mulranny Beach

    Mulranny © John Lucas | BY-SA

    The Blue Flag beach at Mulranny is located just to the south-west of the village. The beach consists of a good sized stretch of sand backed by pebbles and boulders. From the beach there are wonderful views across the sheltered waters of Clew Bay and the mountains beyond. As you would expect from a Blue…

  • 4. Bertra Beach

    Bertra © Eric Jones

    Bertra Beach lies about 12km west of Westport and connects the mainland with Bertra Island. The beach here is mainly sandy, although there are some rocks, and pebbles are often deposited here by the spring tides. A lifeguard presence during the summer season makes this Blue Flag beach a good place to come for a…

  • 5. Thallabawn Beach

    Thallabawn © Oliver Dixon | BY-SA

    This wild, open stretch of beach is one of the gems of Mayo's already well represented coast. Some call it White Strand and others call it Silver Strand (which is the direct translation of Thallabawn). Well of the beaten track, this huge expanse of sand is a place of great natural beauty. If you are…

  • 6. Carrowmore Beach

    Carrowmore © Robert Ashby | BY-SA

    This sandy beach is backed by low machair grasslands and dunes with views of the distant mountains. Carrowmore beach is around half a mile (800m) in length, stretching from Carrowmore Quay around to the Bunowen River.

    As well as being a beautiful beach Carrowmore is also one of Ireland's most unique wildlife habitats. The machair grasslands…

  • 7. Keel Beach

    Keel © John M | BY-SA

    The beach at Keel is a long (4km) crescent of sand that runs between the villages of Keel and Dookinelly To the back of the beach are low sand dunes along with a line of boulders and shingle washed in by storms. Beyond this is an area of flat 'machair ' grassland, a habitat unique…