In some good news for Sustainable Tourism advocates, 90 Irish beaches and marinas have been awarded Blue Flags for 2020, equalling our all-time record. And the tally of 80 beaches and 10 marinas is two greater than last year’s total!
And Donegal gets to take a special bow as this year, this county on the Wild Atlantic Way boasts know less than 12 beaches and two marinas with Blue Flags. Go Donegal!
What The Blue Flag Means
The Blue Flag in an international award which is run in Ireland by An Taisce. It is given to beaches and marinas that have excellent water quality and maintain the highest safety standards (including having a lifeguard on duty during bathing season). Beaches that receive the award follow specific criteria related to water quality, information provision, environmental education, safety and site management.
Sixty Irish beaches were also recognised with Green Coast awards. This award recognises beaches with high environmental quality.
The full list of Blue Flag beaches can be viewed below.
The Blue Flag award and Green Coast award is an important tool for telling visitors, both domestic and international, about how we protect and value our beaches and coastline. The more awards earned the better for Sustainable Tourism in Ireland.