Portarlington ‘Costa Del Sod’ / ‘Bog Beach’

Portarlington ‘Costa Del Sod’ / ‘Bog Beach’

'Costa Del Sod', Portarlington September 2013 We are told that this man made lake, just outside Portarlington, is known locally by the wonderful name of ' Costa Del Sod' or 'The Bog Beach'. And set right in the heart of a vast bog land area it certainly is. Notwithstanding that, we had a lovely swim in the soft dark waters. We were quickly into and out of our depth, so be careful. As for all lakes, as you can't see whats underneath, no jumping or diving. The lake has a nice sandy area alongside it as well as ample green space, so it seems to be a good location for families. The lake is used also by a local fishing club. Be prepared for a ten minute walk from the car park through a forest path. It's accessible for buggies but not wheelchairs. Well done to Bord Na Mona for providing this attractive amenity. ย View Larger Map Directions : Portarlington can be accessed from the M7 motorway at exit 14. Take the R424 then R420 to the town. In the town get onto the R419 for Edenderry. A couple of kilometres outside the town you come to a railway crossing with a parking area to the left. From here you take the pathway to the right with a barrier and a sign for Portarlington angling club. A ten minute stroll will take you to the lake ย  [...]

Ballinakill

Ballinakill

Ballinakill Outdoor Pool August 2011 Ballinakill pool looks like a fantastic community facility in a county not renowned for its swimming locationsย… but, unfortunately, it was closed on a dull, but dry August day when we arrived. We are unclear who runs the pool. It looks like a local, community effort although it is also mentioned on the Laois County Council website. It is open during the summer but when we were there the notice on the locked gates said it was closed due to the 'inclement weather'. From what we saw looking over the wall the pool is about 25 metres long and with a shallow toddlers pool at one end. The water looks lovely and clear and the whole site appears to be well maintained. And, according to the County Council website, the water is heated, which must be an important added attraction. The pool is a great credit to the local community, just make sure you check that it's open before you go there. UPdate June 2014 weve just been informed that the pool is to reopen on July 6th which is good news for local swimmers. check locally for opening times. ย View Larger Map Directions From Dublin take the M7 as far as Exit 17 and then get onto the N8 for Abbeyleix. In the middle of Abbeyleix there is a left turn onto the R430 signposted Carlow. You travel on this road for a couple of kilometres and watch out for a right turn onto the R432 signposted Ballinakill. As you come intoBallinakill watch for a signpost for the swimming pool ย  [...]

Castletown

Castletown

Castletown, River Nore August 2011 We are not sure of the 'status' of this swimming spot, but we do know that people do swim in Castletown, one of the few places we know of for swimming in Laois. We swam in a small pool beneath the weir. This is an attractive location with a nature trail running along side it. When we were there the water was low and not great for swimming. Even then there was a strong flow so be careful. With the constant flow the water was cool and refreshing, just what you need on a sticky August day. Nearby there is the old castle with a couple of seats and alongside the weir is a grassy area suitable for picnics. ย View Larger Map Directions: From Dublin you travel on the M7 and after exit 17 you watch out for an exit onto the N7 for Mountrath and Roscrea. Castletown is a few kilometres beyond Mountrath and is signposted. The swimming spot is at the bridge over the river. ย  [...]

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