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.   [...]

Doolough Valley and Lake

Doolough Valley and Lake

Doolough Valley and Lake September 2009 Doolough Valley must be one of the most spectacular locations in Ireland Doolough is best approached from Louisburgh where, after a few miles, you come over a hill and meet the wonderful view down the valley. The lake itself, Doo Lough to be precise, is flanked by the Mweelrea Mountains on one side and the Sheffrey Hills on the other. This is lovely place to stop and ramble and have a swim The road runs alongside the lake and there are various places to pull in and have a quick dip. Like all lakes it must be treated carefully, so watch out for submerged rocks and boulders Directions  View Larger Map From Louisburgh you take the R335 which leads you into the valley and to the lake. This road runs all the way to Leenane at the tip of Killary Harbour OS Map No. 37   [...]

Doolough Valley and Lake

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   [...]

Doolough Valley and Lake

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   [...]

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   [...]

Doolough Valley and Lake

Ross Beach, Killala

Ross Beach, Killala September 2009 Ross Beach is located just a few miles outside the town of Killala The facilities here are quite good. There's a tarmacadamed car park with a couple of picnic tables and toilets. As well as steps down to the beach, this is one of the rare locations with  a ramp for wheelchairs and buggies. Well done Mayo County Council. Ross is a nice long sandy beach, backed by dunes. It's not too wide and nor is it too open and windswept.  The curved shape provides added protection. The water here looks and feels clear and fresh. This is a good beach for a walk and it must be 4/5 kilometres long if you stroll  back toward Killala. Looking out to sea Bartra Island is a short distance away and this is where Nick Faldo was (is?) designing a new links golf course. Right across the bay is Sligo and the seaside town of Enniscrone If it's sunny, lie back and imagine a fleet of French ships sailing into Killala Bay sometime in 1798.   Next time it might be the IMF? Lifeguard are on duty during the summer months. Blue Flag beach.   Directions  View Larger Map From the town of Killala you take the road  in the direction of Ballycastle. A few kilometres beyond the town watch out for a right turn signposted for Ross Beach. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No 24   [...]

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