West End Bathing Pool, Bundoran

West End Bathing Pool, Bundoran

West End Bathing Pool, Bundoran April 20010 If you don't fancy Bundoran's beaches then the West End Pool is a very good alternative. This is a large sea water pool, situated below an attractive coastal path. The pool has good depth and plenty of room.  There are steps down from one side. Don't be put off by the photos, humans can swim in this pool too!  There is also plenty of space to sit and look out across the clear blue sea (when it isn't raining that is). Access is down steps and then across the flat, large rocks. Not wheelchair or buggy accessible. Directions  View Larger Map From Sligo you come on the N5 toward Donegal / Bundoran and then take the R267 sign-posted Bundoran. As you drive into the town watch out for a sign post on your left for West End Bathing Pool. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 16   [...]

Blue Pool

Blue Pool

Blue Pool, Glengarriff July 2009 Glengarriff is a popular holiday destination on the Beara Peninsula. While the Peninsula is beautiful it is not full of sandy, attractive beaches so this is one of the better swimming locations in the area Blue Pool nature park is in the middle of the town and is the access point for the ten minute ferry to nearby Garinish Island.  On the way across you are likely to see the seals sunning themselves on the rocks. The island is well worth a visit to see its Italian style gardens. The nature park contains wooded walks and a viewing point for the many seals who habitate in this area. The park is family friendly, with a play area and toilets. The swimming spot has stone steps which lead you into the water. It seems to be one of the few access points around. The water is deep and fresh and   if you're lucky a seal might join you as you swim. Directions  View Larger Map Glengarriff is on the N 71 between Bantry and Kenmare. The nature park is easily found as its in the middle of the town. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 85   [...]

Vico Road

Vico Road

Vico Road, Dalkey July 2009 The trick with this swimming spot is to find it, so keep a close eye out and follow the directions below. Variously known as 'the Vico', 'the Ramps' and Hawk Cliff (which is what the sign at the spot says). This is a small swimming spot, not as famous as its Forty Foot neighbour down the road, but a place which has its fair share of devotees. There are handrails and a ladder which lead you into the fresh clear sea and as you swim you could be anywhere. There is also a small seawater pool which you can get a dip in if the sea is too choppy. A small sheltered area can be huddled into when it rains. When the sun shines and you look across at the white, sun drenched row of millionaire houses on Sorrento terrace just remember that the sea is free. Take heed of the No Diving signs which are there for a reason. Unfortunately, not accessible. Directions  View Larger Map Dalkey is about 10 kilometres from Dublin city .   The best way to access this spot from Dublin is on the DART getting off at Dalkey station. From there find or ask your way to Sorrento Road and Vico Road. At the end of Sorrento turn right onto Vico and its a few minutes walk to the entrance. Watch out for a small gap in the wall which leads you down a path and over a railway bridge. About 10 - 15 minutes walk from the station.   [...]

Donabate

Donabate

Donabate February & May 2010 Donabate is only about 15 miles from Dublin but still has a nice country feel to it. For many years it has been a   popular holiday spot for people from Dublin and beyond, with a number of caravan parks in the area.  There has, of course, been urban development but there is still plenty of green and the beach itself is backed onto by golf courses. Donabate has two beaches, a smaller one to the left which you access by walking around to the side of the hotel and the much bigger one to the right. If it's a quiet swim you are looking for the smaller one is the better bet. A few minutes walk from the hotel will bring   you to a decent sized beach with rocks to shelter in at either end. It's plenty big for children to play and there are some rock pools to explore. The water can be a bit choppy but good fun to play in. Beyond this beach there is also quite a good cliff walk which will take you into Portrane. The bigger beach is a wide expanse about 4/5 kilometres long. It's great for walking and there is loads of room to play and splash in the water. The further up the beach you go the quieter it gets and there are grassy dunes to shelter in. This can be a popular spot for windsurfers and canoeists.  Don't be put off or fooled by some of the rather dull photos here, which we took on a bad day earlier this year. As the other photos show Donabate can be a busy spot and it also gets the sun!  Even when it is busy if you are prepared to walk you will find space. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. There are very basic public toilets at the entrance to the beach. With a bit of effort the beach appears to be accessible. Directions  View Larger Map From Dublin city you take the M1 Belfast Road. You then take exit 4, R132, signposted Donabate and Rush. After negotiating a couple of roundabouts you get onto the R126 signposted Donabate and Portrane. This road takes you into Donabate where you cross over a railway bridge and take the first right signposted for golf clubs and the beach. Go straight to the end of this road where there is a public car park on your left just before the hotel. The beaches are to the left and right at the end of the road. Dublin Bus also serves Donabate village which will you leave you about a 25 minute walk to the beach ( see www.dublinbus.ie for details).   [...]

Bunclody Outdoor Pool

Bunclody Outdoor Pool

Bunclody Outdoor Pool June 2014 Outdoor swimming pools are now a rarity in Ireland and if we had our way they would be preserved as national treasures. Bunclody outdoor pool is one of the best and is a great credit to the local community who run it. When we visited the pool was full of children swimming, splashing and diving into this very attractive, heated facility. The pool itself is 25 metres long with deep and shallow ends. Alongside it there is a small splash pool for toddlers. The pool is fully enclosed with seats all round it and benches at one end. It is an ideal spot to bring your children. When we were there two attentive lifeguards were on duty. The facilities are good with separate changing rooms and showers. Admission is 5 euro for adults and 3 euro for children. However, the season tickets for families which run from June to August are much better value. The pool is open afternoon and evenings with various classes held in the mornings. Beside the pool there are tennis courts, a small bike track and a childrens playground, all run by the same community group that look after the pool. So this is a great place for families and children. Well done to all concerned. Directions : From Dublin take the M9 and leave it at exit 5. You then get onto the N80 and follow it all the way to Bunclody. As you come into the town watch for a sign post to the pool on the right.   [...]

Bunclody Outdoor Pool

Courtown Beach

Courtown Beach March 2012 Courtown is a popular holiday spot with a long, family friendly beach. Recent bad weather has done some damage to the beach's 'infrastructure' but it is still a very attractive spot to stroll and swim. There is a gradual wade in at Courtown and its generally sandy underfoot. The beach is reasonably sheltered with rocks and some sand dunes to the rear, so you will often find the water calm and good for swimming. Children are regularly seen playing and splashing at the water's edge. If its walking you like then Courtown beach is about four kilometres long and you can go further all the way to Ballymoney if you want. Access to the beach can be found from the large car park to the left of the town. From there you cross a bridge and another small parking area will lead you to a wooden ramp and then onto the beach. It appears to be both wheelchair and buggy accessible. Apart from the beach, the car park also leads to an indoor pool, a playground and forest walks. So, all in all this is a good place for families to come for a beach outing. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Blue Flag beach Directions From Gorey get onto the R742 which will lead you straight to Courtown. Ordnance Survey Map No. 69  View Larger Map       [...]

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