The beaches in Ireland are great places to spend time with your dog. In many counties, dogs are welcome, as long as they are kept on a lead and you clean up after them. But you do need to be aware of rules when taking your dog onto a beach, as they vary from county to county.

Blue Flag Beach Rules Concerning Dogs

National laws concerning dogs are strictly enforced on all Blue Flag beaches. Their access and activities must under all circumstances be controlled. Dogs must be kept on a lead or under close control on all adjoining or abutting areas throughout the bathing season. Dog-owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dog. Dog refuse bins are generally provided. It is recommended that an area be provided for the public to exercise dogs and this should be clearly delineated. In areas with local byelaws or national legislation prohibiting the entrance of dogs on a Blue Flag beach in certain periods, this legislation must be followed.

Dog Friendly Beaches

Here are some dog friendly beaches to get you started.

Greystones Beach, Greystones, Co. Wicklow

Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow