Blue Flag Beaches and Marinas 2021


There are Blue Flag beaches all across Ireland. They vary from long sandy beaches to small rocky beaches. From the spectacular beaches of Donegal in the north west to the welcoming beaches of Wexford in the sunny south east, and inland bathing waters in between, Ireland’s Blue Flag beaches have something to offer everyone with; excellent water quality; life guarded swimming areas; world renowned surf and long sandy shores.

The Blue Flag season for beaches in Ireland coincides with the bathing season which runs in 2020 from June 9th to September 15th. Blue Flag sites are only awarded for one season at a time.  The marina season extends until May 31st the following year, if the marina operates for 12 months or until the marina closes for the season. These Blue Flag sites have been awarded due to their adherence to strict criteria covering:

  • Environmental Information and Education
  • Water quality
  • Safety and Services
  • Environmental Management

During the season control visits are carried out at each Blue Flag beach and marina to ensure compliance with the criteria. In Ireland, we are particularly fortunate to have a varied and beautiful coastline with many pristine beaches that are open to the public to enjoy. To ensure their standard we continue to make strident efforts to protect and improve our waters. This will ensure that we, and future generations, can continue to enjoy this wonderful resource.