Mayo’s hundreds of pristine Ireland beaches, from small sheltered coves to vast expansive strands, are some of the best in the country, if not the world.
Beaches in Ireland, particularly here in Mayo, are well-known for their beauty, as well as their suitability for a variety of water sports, including surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking and many more.
Of all the things to do in Mayo, a visit to a Blue Flag beach is one of the best options for a family outing. Blue Flag beaches meet 32 strict criteria for water quality, management, safety and environmental education.
Green Coast awards are based on natural beauty and excellent water quality, without the focus on built infrastructure in the Blue Flag standard.
Landscape and ecology
The coastline in Mayo, like much of the northwest coast of Ireland, is notable for its machair, a sandy grassland habitat formed from a mixture of glacial siliceous sand and calcareous sand from shellfish shells. It is protected under EU law, because of its rarity and its biodiversity. The variety of plant life attracts a variety of insect life, which in turn, attract feeding and breeding birds.