Fallmore Beach, Blacksod Bay, Belmullet

Fallmore Beach, Blacksod Bay, Belmullet

Fallmore Beach, Blacksod Bay, Belmullet April 2010 Fallmore ( on the map its called Portmore but we think it's known as Fallmore - Belmullet people let us know if we are wrong) is yet another of Mayo's and Belmullet's fine beaches. It has great views across to Achill Island which are really impressive. The beach itself is small and open. There isn't a lot of shelter on a windy day. When we were there in April there was a brisk breeze and the water was a little choppy. The Strong Currents sign is there for a reason so be careful and don't ignore it. Directions  View Larger Map; From Belmullet you follow the R313 to the end of the road. Just before the lighthouse there is a right hand turn and along this road there is a left turn signposted for a holy well and the beach Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 22   [...]

Lough  Gill

Lough Gill

Lough Gill was made famous by W.B. Yeats whose 'Lake Isle of Innisfree' inhabits one of its small corners. More recently, a popular Irish- American folk group, led by a Sligo troubadour, have taken the name. Unfortunately, on a cold and windy day in May, neither poetry nor music inspired us or made the lake more appealing. We accessed the water via a slipway which runs alongside the berthing place of the lake's leisure cruiser. It was stony underfoot and we bumped our way slowly into the cold, but fresh water. As we always say when swimming in lakes, be careful, watch for underwater rocks. No jumping or diving. Despite the little obstacle course, it was a refreshing swim with the soft and wavy water blowing away the cobwebs. We emerged revitalised and ready to write a poem or three. This must be a nice spot in the summer with Parkes castle alongside and a tour around the lake also on offer. View Larger Map       Directions : From Sligo take the N16 toward Enniskillen. Just outside the town branch off onto the R286 signposted for Dromohair and the lake. Follow this road until you come to the lake on your right hand side and continue on until you come to the castle with the car park beside it.       Copyright © ComputerAid, 2010 ~ 00353-86-8235349 ~ ]]> ~ All rights reserved. ]]> [...]

Lough Key

Lough Key

Our knowledge of places to swim in Roscommon is very limited so we were pleased to visit the attractive surroundings of Lough Key Forest Park. This is a very well maintained facility which also has a visitors centre, forest walk, and a marina. We got in from the slipway across from the marina and it brings you about waist height into the dark fresh water. Like all lakes you need to move carefully and watch out for underwater rocks. No jumping or diving. About 200 metres to the right of the slipway there is a small sandy area with shallow water. We didn't get in here but it looks like a place where children can splash in the summer. If you walk around the back of the marina and follow the lake shore path for a few hundred metres you come to few concrete jetties and we were told that people swim here during the summer. There are steps down into the water. We didn't venture in but again be careful. All in all, Lough Key is a lovely place for a visit. Apart from the swimming there is plenty to do and it is an ideal place for families to visit.  View Larger Map Directions From Dublin or Sligo follow the N4 and Lough Key is located between Carrick and Shannon and Boyle. The entrance is well signposted and you drive all the way through the forest to the car park beside the lake. Car parking is 4 euro. The lake side and environs are buggy and wheelchair accessible.   [...]

Royal Canal Milltown

Royal Canal Milltown

Royal Canal, MilltownAugust 2015We were pleased to get a tip off about this location as Kildare is one of the few counties where we hadn't been able to identify a swimming venue. Having said that we aren't talking about a state of the art swimming pool here. However, this location is quiet, peaceful and , most importantly, the water where we swam was fresh and clear.From where we parked at the 'Hanged Man's' pub we crossed the bridge and turned left onto the tow path. At the start the water was distinctly uninviting and clogged with thick weeds. A 15 minute walk brought us to a spot where the weeds had thinned out and we could find an easy entry point. [...]

Baltray

Inis Oírr or Inisheer

I paid a visit to paradise today.This is #Inisheer, a place that will forever hold a special place in my heart. When I was diagnosed, this is where I spent a few days & this is why.Have a look 😊#CarpeDiem #WildAtlanticWay pic.twitter.com/mLkgva2M4G— 𝙅𝙤𝙝𝙣 𝙒𝙖𝙡𝙡 (@walls2) July 20, 2020Inisheer Lighthouse - Photo by G.Mannaerts via Wikipedia Creative Commons [...]

Charlestown Outdoor Pool

Charlestown Outdoor Pool

Charlestown Outdoor Pool August 2010 There is a serious shortage of outdoor pools in Ireland and it is to the great credit of the people of Charlestown that they have their own, very worthwhile outdoor facility. This is a community run venture which deserves support. The pool itself is about 25 metres long and is suitable for those who want to swim lengths or for kids who want to splash in the shallow end. When we were there on a sunny Saturday it was an ideal place to be on a hot day. As well as the pool there are also good sized dressing rooms and showers and the entrance fee ( 3 euro for an adult) was very reasonable. Well done to the people who run the pool and hopefully they will get the support they need to further develop this very nice local facility. Directions  View Larger Map Charlestown is just off the N5 which runs between Castlebar and Longford, or you can access it from the N17 which runs between Galway and Sligo. If you access it from the N5 you come off a bypass which leads you to the town. From there you are best to ask directions as the pool is a bit difficult to find.   [...]

Ballyheigue

Ballyheigue

Ballyheigue July 2012 Ballyheigue is a lovely curved beach with striking views across the bay to the Slieve Mish mountains. When we were there the water was calm and good for swimming. This is a good place for families and children as, when the tide is out, there is lots room for running and playing. However, if you priority is swimming come here when the tide is in or else you will face a bit of a walk. The beach is a bit open, although you will find shelter in the dunes at the back. Parts of it are also a bit seaweedy, so avoid those or you will be surrounded by flies. Access to the beach is via which seems ok for buggies and wheelchairs. Well done Kerry County Council. Ballyheigue is a Blue Flag beach with lifeguards during the summer. There is a good sized car park and a shower along the front. Behind the beach is a play area and there are some seats overlooking the beach This is an attractive place to swim and visit and we even had some sunshine. Directions: From Tralee take the R551 straight to Ballyheigue. Drive through the main street and you will see the beach car park on your left hand side. Ordnance Survey Map No. 71 Image missing 🙁 [...]

Ballybunion

Ballybunion July 2012 Ballybunion is a popular holiday resort with a smashing beach, or two to be precise, with names that bring us back to a different era. North - Ladies Beach Many years ago a concerned parish priest decided that men and women swimmers need to be separated and so a ladies and a mens beach were designated, with a large rocky outcrop conveniently separating the two. ( We wonder did they get to meet in the water?) The ladies beach is a lovely sheltered area, with high cliffs on one side, soft sand and clear water for swimming. The water was soft and a bit wavy when we swam here, but lovely and refreshing. The whole area is very well maintained, with clean toilets and lots of rubbish bins. Behind the beach there is also a seaweed bath and a small café. We parked up on the road and came down a long steep path which, with care, seems ok for wheelchairs and buggies. You can also drive down another road to get closer but that must get very busy and congested, with limited parking. South - Mens Beach The mens beach is equally attractive and is also sheltered by the large rocky outcrop. The water on this side is the same - and women are allowed. This side has car parking nearby and easier access to the beach. There is also a sheltered area for changing and a surf school. When the sun is out here the sheltered part gets really warm and is a great place for families and children . Rurther out near the sea you will find plenty of rock pools to explore. Facilities at Ballybunion are good. It's a Blue Flag beach with lifeguards during the summer. Behind the beaches is a shop and a number of benches ring the cliffs giving lovely views out to sea. The whole area is a credit to Kerry County Council. Directions From Tralee take the N69 toward Listowel and before you get to the town you take the R553 to Ballybunion. Drive straight through the town and at the end it's a right turn for the ladies and straight on for the mens. Take your pick. Ordinance Survey Map No. 63 Image missing 🙁 [...]

Fintra, Killybegs

Fintra, Killybegs

Fintra, Killybegs August 2013 This is a lovely Blue Flag beach, not as large as some of its neighbours but all the better for that. There was a gradual wade in to clear, fresh and slightly choppy waters. We swam here on a sunny August morning and we were the only ones swimming. No change there. The beach has dunes to the rear and rocks at one end for shelter. There is a small wall beneath the car park which will protect you from the wind. There is also plenty of place to play on the soft sand. Fintra has a reasonably sized car park, but it must get very busy in the fine weather. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. The car park also has a couple of portaloos. There is a slipway from the car park to the beach, but it has a barrier across it so, once again, no wheelchair access. You will manage easily enough with a buggy.  View Larger Map Directions: From Donegal take the N56 to Killybegs. Drive through the town and pick up the R263 signposted for Kilcar. After a couple of kilometres watch for a left turn for the beach. Ordnance Survey Map No. 10   [...]

Portstewart

Portstewart

]]> Portstewart June 2016 Portstewart is one of those long open beaches that looks as if it goes on forever. As you enter the beach there is one area to the right which has some shelter and is a car free zone. Otherwise you can drive up the beach and park wherever you like. That's one of our pet hates but it does make access easier. However, it's a long beach, good for walking and if you are prepared for I some exercise you can get beyond most of the cars. The water when we were there was a bit choppy and not great for swimming. Undoubtedly refreshing but more of a surfers beach. You will find some shelter in the dunes but otherwise bring your windbreak. There is loads of room here so it's a good place for families. Blue Flag beach with its own coffee shop at the entrance. Directions Coming from Coleraine take the A2 for Portstewart. As you approach the town you will see signposts for the beach.               Copyright © ComputerAid, 2010 ~ 00353-86-8235349 ~ ]]> ~ All rights reserved. ]]> [...]

Mountshannon

Mountshannon

Mountshannon, Lough Derg May 2011 Mountshannon is an attractive and well kept former Tidy Town winner, situated on the shores of Lough Derg. The swimming area is located to the side of the popular marina, which is a well used stopping off spot for people cruising the waterways. However, don't be put off as the area for swimming is separate and safe. The whole area of the marina is well kept, with attractive grassy areas and plenty of seats. The swimming spot has slipways to walk out onto which gives you access to the soft lake waters. As always with lakes be careful and beware of hidden rocks. Unusually for Ireland, but welcome, is a small indoor changing room which backs onto well kept toilets. The whole area is a credit to the local community and Clare County Council. The one big drawback is the sign warning you to beware of algae in the summer months. There was none when we swam there in May, but the summer is obviously different . It's a shame because otherwise this is an attractive place to swim, relax and picnic. Blue Flag location. Directions  View Larger Map Coming from the M7 you take exit 27 onto the R494 to Killaloe. Then you take the R463 to Scariff and the R352 to Mountshannon. In the middle of the town there is a turn signposted for the harbour, which has ample car parking. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 58   ]]> [...]

Milltown Malbay

White Strand – Kerins Hole, Milltown MalbayJune 2014White StrandThe thing to know about the White strand is that when the tide is in there is no white strand. So time your visit if it’s the beach you are after. We arrived at full tide and accessed the water down the slip way and straight into the clear fresh sea. The weather was good and we had a lovely swim here. The next day we were back for more, this time at low tide when the small, protected beach was available for a stroll. [...]

Lahinch

Lahinch

Lahinch June 2014 Lahinch is one of Ireland's foremost holiday locations. It is now well established as a centre for surfing and other watersports. The seafront took a terrible battering in recent winter storms but it looks now as if it is has been restored fully. Great credit is due to Clare County Council for its work in this regard. When we visited it was sunny and the beach was full of people. The tide was low so we had a gradual wade in into the clear calm sea. With just a few waves it was lovely for swimming. As this is a surfers' spot you can expect more serious waves when the wind gets up. And watch out for them flying past you as you swim. At low tide there is a wide beach which is ideal for children. When the tide is in the main beach area disappears, so time your visit if you want beach access. If you go further down the beach do note the sign which says it is dangerous for swimming and don't swim here. Lahinch is a good place for families. The slip ways allow buggy/wheelchair access. There are toilets and lifeguards during the summer (check locally or with the Council for times). There are lots of shop and cafés nearby and, if you are really desperate, they even have an indoor pool. There is ample car parking along the sea front, but you have to pay for it Blue Flag beach. Directions:   From Ennis take the N85 to Ennistymon and then the N67 to Lahinch. the seafront car park is in the centre of the town and is sign posted. Ordnance Survey Map No: 57   ]]> [...]

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