What is the Green Coast Award? 

 The award is for beaches which have excellent water quality, but which are also prized for their natural, unspoilt environment.  A "natural, unspoilt environment" means that the special character of such a beach may not be compatible with the level of infrastructure and intensive management generally associated with more urban, traditional seaside resort beaches.


The Green Coast Award is objective-led and encourages 'best practice' in the management of rural beaches. It also emphasises community involvement in coastal management. Green Coast Award beaches have excellent water quality and sound environmental management. The award also encourages community involvement through the setting up of Coastcare Groups.  

The Green Coast Award is a symbol of environmental excellence and has been established to acknowledge, promote and protect the environment of rural beaches in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales

  Green Coast Award Beaches 2013


1. Old Bawn

2. Cahore

3. Ballinesker

4. Culletons Gap


5. Guillamene

6. Newtown Cove

7. Ballyquin

8. Curragh

9. Goat Island


10. Ring

11. Ardnahinch

12. Inch

13. Rocky Bay

14. Oysterhaven

15. Ballyrisode

16. Galley Cove

17. Dooneen Pier

18. Garnish


19. Béal Bán


20. Trá Inis Oirr

21. Salthill

22. Silver Strand

GALWAY (ctd.)

23. Dog’s Bay

24. Aillebrack

25. East End Inisbofin

26. Dumhach Beach

27. Renvyle


28. White Strand

29. Cross

30. Carrowniskey

31. Termon

32. Cross, Erris Peninsula

33. Srah

34. Portacloy


35. Enniscrone

36. Dunmoran Strand

37. Rosses Point

38. Streedagh

39. Mullaghmore


40. Dooey Beach

41. Port Arthur

42. Magheroarty

43. Drumnatinney

44. Ballyheirnan

45. Rathmullan

View Green Coast Award Beaches 2013 in a larger map

Click here to view images from the Beach Awards Ceremony 2013. Well done to all of those involved in caring for and protecting our diverse coastal landscape and heritage.