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.   [...]

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 🙁 [...]

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   ]]> [...]

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. [...]

Town Beach, Bundoran

Town Beach, Bundoran

Town Beach, Bundoran April 2010 Bundoran is one of our best known seaside resorts. For some people it means honky tonk and for others it means plenty of life, amusements and the craic. The town beach is a short stroll from the town centre . The beach is sheltered with rocks at either end. This is a good place for kids as the sand is soft and there are also pools to fish in. There are seats behind the beach and a good cliff walk which will lead you out to the more spectacular Tullan Strand. The water here is clear and much less likely to be choppy. There is a good amount of car-parking but its pay and display. Do not be fooled by the photos here which were taken off season. This can be a very busy spot in the summer. So if you want plenty of action and a quick trip across to the amusements nearby then this is the place for you. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Blue Flag beach. The beach appears to be buggy and wheelchair accessible. Directions  View Larger Map From Sligo follow the N 15 signposted Donegal / Bundoran. Follow the signpost which bring you into the town and the beach is located just behind the main street. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 16   [...]

Trá Beg, Downings

Trá Beg, Downings

Trá Beg, Downings July 2008 If you are looking for a lively, family type beach then this wll suit you. Downings is a popular holiday location for people from both   south and north of the country . Holiday homes abound and a caravan park fronts onto the beach. The beach itself is wide with plenty of room for football and other games. At either end there are rocks and pools for the kids to explore. Dont come her looking for solitude but if you like it lively Tra Beg will fit the bill. There is car parking near the beach and it appears to be both buggy and wheelchair accessible. Blue Flag beach. Directions  View Larger Map Coming from the town of Carrigart take the R246 to Downings. The beach is in the middle of the village with the car park signposted. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 2   [...]

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