Belmullet Tidal Pool

Belmullet Tidal Pool

Belmullet Tidal Pool August 2014 Outdoor swimming pools are rare enough in Ireland but outdoor tidal pools are rarer still. So, the tidal pool in Belmullet is a rarity that is well worth a visit and a swim. Located on a coast road outs ide the town this pool is a great local facility. We visited at full tide so we don't know if the pool naturally fills and empties with the tide. When we were there only the ladders and surrounds were visible and they were certainly man made. The pool is about 20 metres long with shallow and deep ends. Access is by ladders at either end. We had a lovely swim in the fresh sea water, but as it was early morning we swam alone. Alongside the main pool there is a smaller pool which looks as if it is made for young children. There is also a lifeguard hut and a sign suggested the guard is on duty in the afternoons. Check locally for details. Alongside the lifeguard hut are 2 portaloos. This looks like a good place for people young and old to meet with a level concrete area providing space for people to sit and relax. There are steps down from the roadside which is manageable for buggies but not wheelchairs. All in all a very attractive facility and long may it continue. Directions. In the town of Belmullet drive straight down the main street until you reach the harbour. Turn right here and drive out this coast road for about 800 metres. Watch out for the lifeguard and the gap in the wall giving access to the pool.   [...]

Bertra Strand, near Croagh Patrick

Bertra Strand, near Croagh Patrick

Bertra Strand, near Croagh Patrick August 2012 Just what you need to cool down if you have been climbing nearby Croagh Patrick. Bertra is a Blue Flag 2012 beach which we visited when it was wet and windy. Still, the water was good and the views across the bay to Achill island are impressive. The tide was in when we were there and the beach almost completely covered. The wade in was gradual but a bit stony underfoot. We are sure it's a completely different proposition when the sun is out, but even in the rain Bertra is a good swimming spot. There is a decent sized car park, good toilets and a couple of picnic tables. There are both ramps and steps to access the beach so well done Mayo County Council. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Blue Flag beach Directions: From Westport take the R335 toward Louisburgh. After you pass Murrisk and the car park for Croagh Patrick you will soon come to a right turn signposted for Bertra.  View Larger Map Ordnance Survey Map No. 30 [...]

Bertra Strand, near Croagh Patrick

Carrowmore Beach, Louisburgh

Carrowmore Beach, Louisburgh August 2012 This is another of Mayo's fine Blue Flag beaches, but unfortunately we didn't see it at its best. We had rain and wind when we were there but the swimming was still good. Carrowmore has a nice stretch of beach which looks out onto the impressive Clare Island. We were quickly into our depth and had a refreshing swim in the choppy waters. It wasn't a day for a long swim but this must be a very attractive spot when the sun is shining. Access to the beach is via a ramp which looks fine for wheelchairs and buggies - well done Mayo County Council. There is a decent car park with a couple of picnic tables. It also has toilets and an outdoor tap for washing boards and wet suits. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Blue Flag beach. Directions: From Westport take the R335 to Louisburgh. Drive through the village and just past it you will see a right turn signposted for the beach.  View Larger Map Ordnance Survey Map No. 30   [...]

Bertra Strand, near Croagh Patrick

Mulrany Beach

Mulrany Beach June 2010 Mulrany would not be in our top five of beaches in Mayo but it is certainly worth a visit and is a handy location for those who don't want to face into the trip out into 'darkest' Achill. The beach itself is fairly small and disappears altogether when the tide comes in. So check your timing if you are going there with your buckets and spades. It is backed onto by rocks but it can be exposed and a bit windy. Having said that the water here is clear and you don't have to wade out too far to be in your depth, and the views across Clew Bay to Croagh Patrick can be very impressive Lifeguards are on duty in the summer. Blue Flag beach . There is a reasonably good amount of car parking and small but clean toilets. There are also a couple of picnic tables near to the beach entrance From the car park there is a rough ramp type path which leads to the beach, so it appears accessible for buggies and wheelchairs. Directions  View Larger Map From Castlebar you take the R 311 to Newport; from Westport it's the N 59 to Newport. From Newport it's the N 59 all the way to Mulrany. You then go through the village and you will see a signposted left turn for the 'Trá'. Alternatively in the village itself, opposite the hotel, there is a footpath across the causeway down to the beach. This is a left over from the days when the hotel was at the end of the railway line and was a traditional holiday spot. It's good to see the hotel open again after being derelict for a number of years . Ordnance Survey Map No. 30   [...]

Bertra Strand, near Croagh Patrick

Doogort Beach

Doogort Beach June 2010 Doogort is an attractive, sandy beach which is well sheltered by impressive Slievemore mountain at one end. The water here is clear and fresh , with a nice sharp feel to it when we there last in June. It isn't too steep as you get in so it appears to be a good spot for children. There are grassy areas behind the beach for shelter along with space for parking and a couple of picnic tables. At one end the beach is buggy accessible and wheelchair accessible with an effort Check with Mayo County Council regarding lifeguards over the summer. There is a lifeguard hut but no one was on duty when we were there in early June. Blue Flag Beach . Directions  View Larger Map; Take the R319 from Mulrany. When you cross over the Achill sound bridge watch out for a couple of signposted right turns which will take you to Doogort. Ordnance Survey Map No. 30   [...]

Bertra Strand, near Croagh Patrick

Doogort Golden Strand

Doogort, Golden Strand June 2010 Along with 'Trà Mòrs and ' White Strands' Ireland has its fair share of Golden Strands and this is Achill's version . It's located just a few kilometres from the other Doogort beach and this one is much bigger and more open. The beach is wide and curved with a large grassy area behind it. The water isn't too deep as you enter and there is plenty of room here for kids to play. And, almost needless to remark, there was no one else swimming here when we visited on a nice day in June. Wimps or what? There is decent car parking and the beach is buggy accessible but not for wheelchairs. If you are into camping there is a simple but good camp site just behind the beach and a local pub nearby. Check with Kerry County Council regarding lifeguards. As for the other Doogort beach , there was a lifeguard hut but no one on duty in early June. Blue Flag beach . Directions  View Larger Map As for the other Doogort beach. If you take the right turn indicated you will arrive at this beach first. Ordnance Survey Map No. 30   [...]

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