A survey has found Achill Island in Co Mayo is the number one place in Ireland and the UK to go “wild swimming”.

UK-based Ocean Bottle voted Keem Bay as the best sea swimming area, highlighting its “clean, plastic-free white sands and clear turquoise water”.

It’s the second major honour for Keem, as Lonely Planet named it as one of the top 20 beaches in Europe last year.

Irish beaches took up 6 of the top 20 spots on the list, Dog’s Bay in Connemara, Dooey Beach in Co Donegal and Sligo’s Enniscrone beach all recognised.

A basking shark fishery once operated in Keem Bay, a blue flag beach. The region was included in a list of the top beaches in the world published by the international travel website Big 7 travel last year. It is a stunning rural beach that is protected by rocks and is located past Dooagh settlement.

The “super clean seas” and “wonderful rural and picturesque environment” of Keem Bay, according to the study conducted by British reusable bottle firm Ocean Bottle, place it at the top of the list for wild swimming.