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 2014


1. Skerries South Beach

2. Portrane

3. Balcarrick, Donabate

4. Portmarnock


5. Arklow


6. Old Bawn

7. Cahore

8. Ballinesker

9. Culletons Gap


10. Guillamene

11. Kilfrassey

12. Newtown Cove

13. Ballyquin

14. Annestown

15. Curragh

16. Goat Island


17. Ring

18. Ardnahinch

19. Inch

20. Rocky Bay

21. Oysterhaven

22. Ballyrisode

23. Galley Cove

24. Dooneen Pier

25. Garnish


26. Béal Bán


27. Trá Inis Oirr

28. Trá gCarach Inis Oirr

29. Salthill

30. Silver Strand

31. Aillebrack

32. East End Inisbofin

33. Dumhach Beach

34. Renvyle


35. White Strand

36. Cross

37. Carrowniskey

38. Silver Strand

39. Termon

40. Cross, Erris Peninsula

41. Srah

42. Portacloy

43. Ballycastle


44. Enniscrone

45. Dunmoran Strand

46. Rosses Point

47. Streedagh

48. Mullaghmore


49. Dooey Beach

50. Port Arthur

51. Magheroarty

52. Drumnatinney

53. Ballyheirnan

54. Rathmullan

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