Clogherhead

Clogherhead

Clogherhead June 2013 We visited Clogherhead beach on a most unusual summer's day - the sun was shining , the beach crowded and the car park overflowing. What's seldom is wonderful and we had a lovely swim under a clear blue sky. Clogherhead is a good sized family beach with soft sand and plenty of room for walking and playing. The water itself was quite clear which is somewhat unusual for the east coast. The gradual wade in makes it a good place to splash and play. When we were there it was a bit windy and a wind break is advisable. You will find some shelter in the grassy area behind the beach. The car park is small and inadequate on a good day. There were plenty of traffic jams when we were there. Access from the car park is fine for buggies but not for wheelchairs. However, there is another small road to the left of the car park which allows you to drive onto the beach which makes it fine for wheelchairs. Clogherhead is a Blue Flag beach. There were no lifeguards when we were there,check with the County Council for details. Β View Larger Map Directions: From Dublin take the M1 and leave it at Exit 9 for Drogheda. Take the road around the town and as you start to leave Drogheda watch out for a right turn signposted Termonfeckin - R166. Follow a convoluted route through side streets with various signposts for Termonfeckin ( but none for Clogherhead) and you will eventually pick up the Clogherhead road. When you arrive at the village watch for a right turn signposted for the lifeboat station and this will lead you to the beach. ( With this type of signage is someone trying to keep this beach a secret?). Β  [...]

Port Beach

Port Beach

PortJune 2013Port is a wide expanse of beach which, with various interrupions, runs all the way to Dundalk. Even on the fine summers day we were there the beach had plenty of room for everybody.The water was clear and sandy underfoot but slightly wavy which made swimming difficult. Port is quite open so be prepared for wind and a choppy sea. Still the freshness and clarity of the water made this a nice place to visit. [...]

Port Beach

Giles Quay

Giles Quay October 2010 County Louth isn't renowned for its swimming spots and Giles Quay is one of the better ones. This is an attractive harbour, located off the road to Carlingford and the Cooley mountains. The beach here is a mixture of sand and stone, but it certainly doesn't look its best when the tide is low. As well as swimming from the beach you will also see people swimming from the harbour. We couldn't vouch for the cleanliness of the water in the harbour area. There is a large car park beyond the harbour where you will also find very basic toilets. There is a rough ramp/slipway down to the beach which is manageable with a buggy but not for wheelchairs Directions Β View Larger Map From Dublin you take the M1 northbound and you leave it at exit 18, which is signposted for Carlingford and Cooley. From this exit you get onto the R173, signposted Carlingford. Travelling on this road watch for a right turn signposted for Giles Quay and numbered L7079. Β  [...]

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