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Inis Oรญrr 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 ๐Ÿ˜Š#CarpeDiem #WildAtlanticWay pic.twitter.com/mLkgva2M4Gโ€” ๐™…๐™ค๐™๐™ฃ ๐™’๐™–๐™ก๐™ก (@walls2) July 20, 2020Inisheer Lighthouse - Photo by G.Mannaerts via Wikipedia Creative Commons [...]

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 ๐Ÿ™ [...]

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. ย 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 ย  [...]

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. ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  Copyright ยฉ ComputerAid, 2010 ~ 00353-86-8235349 ~ ]]> ~ All rights reserved. ]]> [...]

Byrnes Cove

Byrnes Cove

Byrneโ€™s Cove, Kilkee June 2014 Kilkee has a classic, crescent shaped beach but itโ€™s the smaller spots on either side of the bay which stand out for swimmers. Byrneโ€™s Cove is on the eastern side alongside the local golf course; not as well known as the Pollock Holes and we only found out about its existence from a local swimmer. Despite this, its well worth a visit and a swim. Concrete steps lead down to a small cove with a rough concrete path bringing you to a steel ladder and then into the fresh Atlantic waters. The weather was dull when we visited, but the water was fresh and clear and lovely to swim in. As we donโ€™t know the area we stayed within the cove and didnโ€™t venture out too far. We got there when there was plenty of water for a dip, but when the tide is low it looks as the water isnโ€™t accessible. A concrete area to the rear looks as if it got a battering from recent storms , but it is a place where you can sit if the sun ever appears. All in all a place to be recommended. Directions: From Ennis take the N68 to Kilrush and then the N 67 to Kilkee. Just as you come to Kilkee watch for a right turn which is signposted toward Doonbeg and Lahinch. Take this turn but then go straight on along the road which runs alongside the bay. Keep going to the end of this road until you come to a small parking area. From here itโ€™s a few hundred metres of a walk to the cove. Its not accessible and isnโ€™t a suitable location for small children. ย  ]]> [...]

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