Blue Flag Beach Award
The Blue Flag is operated in Ireland by An Taisce-The National Trust for Ireland and is one of the world’s most recognised eco-labels. Beaches and marinas that achieve this accolade must comply with a specific set of criteria relating to water quality, information provision, environmental education, safety and beach management. At beaches the bathing water must comply with the excellent standard in accordance with the 2006 EU Bathing Water Directive. There are 12 Blue Flags awarded to Mayo in 2015, 5 of which are in Achill.
Dugort - Golden Strand
About 3 km (just under 2 miles) east of Dugort village on is The Golden Strand, also known as Barnyagappul Strand, from the Irish for “gap of the horses.” This is the larger of the two beaches at Dugort and, like Silver Strand, has a lifeguard in the summer. Behind the pebble-strewn upper limit of the sandy beach, the dunes host a variety of native plants and wildlife.