Stradbally is a lovely and most unusually shaped cove, which is great for swimming, sunbathing and playing.
Protected by cliffs on either side Stradbally is well sheltered and when the tide is out there is a wide and long expanse of soft sand. This is an ideal place for families as, along with the wide open spaces, there are pools for kids to play in and rocks for parents to rest beside. There is also a river which runs along the left hand side into the sea, but this can be fast flowing so children should be watched carefully near there.
The water here is clear for swimming with the bottom mainly sandy. Over to the left there is a rocky area underfoot when the tide is out. As a rule you should swim on the right hand side, away from the river which is covered when the tide comes in. And if you are looking for a beach to play on, do watch the tide times as the water comes right up at high tide and covers the sand almost completely.
There is a smallish, sandy car park which can fill up quickly in the summer. The beach looks accessible for wheelchairs with a push ( literally) and is ok for buggies. There is also a solitary picnic table in the car park. There are toilets a couple of hundred yards up the road past the car park entrance.
From Dungarvan take the R 675 signposted for Tramore. A few kilometres after the turn off for Clonea Strand there is a turn to the right signposted for Stradbally. Along this smaller road watch out for the signpost for Stradbally Cove.
Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 82