Blue Flags and Green Coast Awards for North Mayo Beaches - Visit North Mayo

On Monday, May 20th, 2024, An Taisce announced that twelve beaches across County Mayo received the highly recognised Blue Flag accreditation. Eight beaches received the Green Coast Award.

The Blue Flag is an International award that recognises beach excellence and water quality. Blue Flags winning beaches included: Clare Island; Keem Beach, Achill Island; Dooega Beach, Achill Island; Dugort Beach, Achill Island; Golden Strand, Achill Island; Keel Beach, Achill Island; Bertra Beach, Murrisk; Mulranny Beach; Old Head, Louisburgh. North Mayo recipients were Mullaghroe Beach, Belmullet; Elly Bay, Belmullet; and Ross Beach, Killala.

Our neighbouring Enniscrone Beach in County Sligo, just 15 minutes from Ballina, also achieved the Blue Flag status this year for the first time since 2014.

Ross Beach by Clodagh Dooher
The stunning Blue Flag Ross Beach, Killala by Clodagh Dooher

Mayo was also awarded eight Green Coast Awards. This was an increase of two on last year. These awards are given to beaches with excellent water quality, but which may be less developed and less populated than Blue Flag beaches.

Mayo’s Green Coast beaches are: Tranaun Beach, Inishturk; Cross, Louisburgh; Carrowniskey Beach together with north Mayo beaches: Srah Beach; Termon Beach; Cross, Erris Peninsula; Portacloy Beach and Rinroe Beach in Kilgalligan. We are particularly delighted that the beautiful Portacloy Beach has regained its Green Coast accreditation. Such recognition further proves that our beaches in North Mayo are among the very best in Ireland.

Rinroe Beach, Kilgalligan, County Mayo, Ireland by Mayo North Tourism
The Green Coast Award winning Rinroe Beach, Kilgalligan by Mayo North Tourism

The Green Coast Award is a symbol of environmental excellence. It has been established to acknowledge, promote and protect the environment of our beaches. The award is for beaches which have excellent water quality, but which are also prized for their natural, unspoilt environment. These sites must be managed in partnership with the local community to be considered for the Green Coast Award.

Portacloy Beach, County Mayo, Ireland by Mayo North Tourism
Portacloy Beach in Erris, North Mayo by Mayo North Tourism

This year, we hope that more visitors traveling along the Wild Atlantic Way will take the time to explore North Mayo, from Ballina to Belmullet, and enjoy discovering our stunning hidden gems and blue flag beaches.

Elly Bay by Neal Doherty
The breathtaking Blue Flag Elly Bay Beach in Erris by Neal Doherty of Alchemy Tours

The awards are a testament to our county and the dedicated locals who keep these beaches pristine. Year-round voluntary activity including beach clean-ups yield evident results, showcasing our commitment to maintaining these natural treasures. These accolades greatly benefit ecotourism, as beach visits have minimal environmental impact. In addition to this, adhering to Leave No Trace principles and respecting the environment are cost-free.

If you are visiting one of our beautiful beaches, please continue to be responsible. Follow the instructions of the lifeguards, be aware of dog restrictions , and leave nothing behind except your footprints!