Clogga Beach, Arklow

Clogga Beach, Arklow

Clogga Beach, Arklow May 2010 Clogga is a good sized beach and well established swimming spot. There is good depth to the water as you enter and it is a bit exposed so you can expect some waves. Also look out for submerged or semi submerged rocks at the far end. The beach itself is a bit stony, but good for walking. When we were there in May it was dull, windy and the water was cold. Lovely swimming, but we couldn't understand why no one else was in the water with us ? Directions  View Larger Map Coming from Dublin Clogga is a few kilometres past Arklow town. It's best to drive through the town and at the end of the various roundabouts take the N 11 Wexford signpost. After a short distance watch out for a left turn signposted Clogga. Follow this twisty road which will lead you to a good sized car park. Access to the beach is down a long, rough path followed by some steps. It' s not wheelchair or buggy accessible. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 62   [...]

Streedagh

Streedagh

Streedagh Beach April 2010 Streedagh is another of Sligo's fine expanses of sand. This is a good spot if you like your beaches bracing and a bit windy. It' s quite open, but you will get some shelter from the dunes surrounding the beach. A good place for a walk and there is a great view across to majestic Ben Bulben As the photos show when we were there it is was deserted but real people do actually come here ! The water is fresh and can also get a bit wavy, which of course some people like. Not too deep and you get into your depth gradually Access is from a large but rough car park across some stones. It's not wheelchair accessible and you will be carrying your buggy. Streedagh has lifeguards on duty during the summer months. Directions  View Larger Map Take the N 15 from Sligo toward Bundoran / Sligo. As you enter the village of Grange watch for a left turn signposted Streedagh. Follow this meandering road and it will take you to the car park. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 16   [...]

Streedagh

Mullaghroe Beach, Belmullet

Mullaghroe Beach, Belmullet April 2010 Mullaghroe is a nicely curved, secluded beach. The sand is soft, the water is clear and sheltered and there are nice views across Blacksod Bay. Not surprisingly, on a nice day in April, we were the only ones there and most definitely the only ones swimming There are dunes for shelter and rocks at either end, so it's a good spot to bring the kids Mullaghroe has a small car park which leads across a small sandy stretch to the beach. It's not wheelchair accessible but with effort you could lift a buggy across. In the car park there is one small, marble like picnic table which seem to be a feature of these parts. Nice and quite surreal Blue Flag Beach . Not sure about lifeguards - check with Mayo County Council Directions  View Larger Map From Belmullet you take the R313 and watch out for a left turn signposted for Mullach Rua beach Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 22   [...]

Streedagh

Old Head Beach, Fallduff Strand, Louisburgh

Old Head Beach, Fallduff Strand, Louisburgh September 2009 Old Head is a popular beach located just outside Louisburgh. The beach is long, narrow and sandy. It's protected by cliffs, with an attractive old style harbour at one end. The water here is clear and it's sandy underfoot. This is a good spot for kids as it doesn't get deep too quickly. As you swim you have lovely views across the water to Croagh Patrick. Indeed, this is a good place to come and refresh yourself after your climb. The beach itself is well maintained and there is ample car parking and toilets. There's also a nice campsite nearby and Louisburgh is just a mile away. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Blue Flag Beach 2012. Directions  View Larger Map From Westport you take the R335 and drive along this coast road past the impressive slopes of Croagh Patrick. Before you get to Louisburgh you will see a right turn signposted for Old Head, follow this and it will lead you the beach. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 30   [...]

Ballinskelligs

Ballinskelligs

Ballinskelligs Beach July 2009 Ballinskelligs is a real family beach with some decent facilities. The beach itself is curved and nice and sandy. The water is clear and there is a gentle slope into the sea. At one end of the beach there is a ruined tower which you access across a stream. It looks like a good place for kids to explore. At the entrance to the beach itself there is a nice coffee shop with indoor and outdoor seating Ballinskelligs has lifeguards in the summer, a decent car park and public toilets. The beach appears to be reasonably accessible. Blue Flag beach. Directions  View Larger Map Ballinskelligs is located off the N70 Ring of Kerry road. If you are coming from the Caherciveen direction you will take a right turn onto the R566. Follow the signposts which will lead you to the beach Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 83   [...]

Derrynane

Derrynane

Derrynane Beach July 2009 Derrynane beach is a real gem. When we were there last, the sun shone, the sea was blue and it felt and looked like a Greek Island. The beach is a lovely mix of clear sand, rocks to scramble over, coves and small beaches. There are   large stretches to walk on and explore. However, steer clear of swimming in the section marked with warning signs for dangerous currents. At low tide you can walk across to nearby Abbey Island where its graveyard is the burial place of Mary O'Connell, wife ofThe Liberator, Daniel. He got a round tower in Glasnevin and Mary ended up in an overgrown and   poorly kept graveyard. The beach has access from nearby Derrynane House, Daniel O'Connell's home (open to the public). Beside it there is a nice coffee shop. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer. Blue Flag beach. Directions  View Larger Map The beach is located off the N 70 Ring of Kerry Road. When you get to the small town of Caherdaniel watch out for the signpost to Derrynane. You can park at the house car park and walk a few hundred yards to the beach. Alternatively a bit further on there is another car park with an even shorter walk. There are toilets at this car park. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 83   [...]

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