Myrtleville Beach

Myrtleville Beach

Thanks to Holger for this recommendation!<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Myrtleville beach, Cork, Ireland. Swim time! <a href="https://t.co/rPEhfbIUtd">pic.twitter.com/rPEhfbIUtd</a></p>&mdash; Darragh O&#39;Riordan (@daroriordan) <a href="https://twitter.com/daroriordan/status/1290194048716660739?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 3, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I dunno if Heaven is real but if it is I imagine its something like me mouldy on myrtleville beach</p>&mdash; Shane 💎 (@ShaneGorta6) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShaneGorta6/status/1285568485796515840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 21, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Myrtleville Swimmers at Tralispean Beach before 2.1km Swim around Tragumna Island &amp; back. I followed in afterwards &amp; met a big seal at the island, quick turnaround! 😜 <a href="https://twitter.com/niallkennycork?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@niallkennycork</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/outdoor_swimmer?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@outdoor_swimmer</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/swimireland?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@swimireland</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/deric_tv?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@deric_tv</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/PhotosCork?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PhotosCork</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/owsireland?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@owsireland</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Carrigdhounnews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Carrigdhounnews</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MyrtlevilleS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MyrtlevilleS</a> <a href="https://t.co/WGtZhiuD1i">pic.twitter.com/WGtZhiuD1i</a></p>&mdash; Siobhán Russell Photographer (@siobhansrussell) <a href="https://twitter.com/siobhansrussell/status/1282345674269429761?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 12, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> [...]

Ballybunion

Ballybunion July 2012 Ballybunion is a popular holiday resort with a smashing beach, or two to be precise, with names that bring us back to a different era. North - Ladies Beach Many years ago a concerned parish priest decided that men and women swimmers need to be separated and so a ladies and a mens beach were designated, with a large rocky outcrop conveniently separating the two. ( We wonder did they get to meet in the water?) The ladies beach is a lovely sheltered area, with high cliffs on one side, soft sand and clear water for swimming. The water was soft and a bit wavy when we swam here, but lovely and refreshing. The whole area is very well maintained, with clean toilets and lots of rubbish bins. Behind the beach there is also a seaweed bath and a small café. We parked up on the road and came down a long steep path which, with care, seems ok for wheelchairs and buggies. You can also drive down another road to get closer but that must get very busy and congested, with limited parking. South - Mens Beach The mens beach is equally attractive and is also sheltered by the large rocky outcrop. The water on this side is the same - and women are allowed. This side has car parking nearby and easier access to the beach. There is also a sheltered area for changing and a surf school. When the sun is out here the sheltered part gets really warm and is a great place for families and children . Rurther out near the sea you will find plenty of rock pools to explore. Facilities at Ballybunion are good. It's a Blue Flag beach with lifeguards during the summer. Behind the beaches is a shop and a number of benches ring the cliffs giving lovely views out to sea. The whole area is a credit to Kerry County Council. Directions From Tralee take the N69 toward Listowel and before you get to the town you take the R553 to Ballybunion. Drive straight through the town and at the end it's a right turn for the ladies and straight on for the mens. Take your pick. Ordinance Survey Map No. 63 Image missing 🙁 [...]

Ballyheigue

Ballyheigue

Ballyheigue July 2012 Ballyheigue is a lovely curved beach with striking views across the bay to the Slieve Mish mountains. When we were there the water was calm and good for swimming. This is a good place for families and children as, when the tide is out, there is lots room for running and playing. However, if you priority is swimming come here when the tide is in or else you will face a bit of a walk. The beach is a bit open, although you will find shelter in the dunes at the back. Parts of it are also a bit seaweedy, so avoid those or you will be surrounded by flies. Access to the beach is via which seems ok for buggies and wheelchairs. Well done Kerry County Council. Ballyheigue is a Blue Flag beach with lifeguards during the summer. There is a good sized car park and a shower along the front. Behind the beach is a play area and there are some seats overlooking the beach This is an attractive place to swim and visit and we even had some sunshine. Directions: From Tralee take the R551 straight to Ballyheigue. Drive through the main street and you will see the beach car park on your left hand side. Ordnance Survey Map No. 71 Image missing 🙁 [...]

Byrnes Cove

Byrnes Cove

Byrne’s Cove, Kilkee June 2014 Kilkee has a classic, crescent shaped beach but it’s the smaller spots on either side of the bay which stand out for swimmers. Byrne’s Cove is on the eastern side alongside the local golf course; not as well known as the Pollock Holes and we only found out about its existence from a local swimmer. Despite this, its well worth a visit and a swim. Concrete steps lead down to a small cove with a rough concrete path bringing you to a steel ladder and then into the fresh Atlantic waters. The weather was dull when we visited, but the water was fresh and clear and lovely to swim in. As we don’t know the area we stayed within the cove and didn’t venture out too far. We got there when there was plenty of water for a dip, but when the tide is low it looks as the water isn’t accessible. A concrete area to the rear looks as if it got a battering from recent storms , but it is a place where you can sit if the sun ever appears. All in all a place to be recommended. Directions: From Ennis take the N68 to Kilrush and then the N 67 to Kilkee. Just as you come to Kilkee watch for a right turn which is signposted toward Doonbeg and Lahinch. Take this turn but then go straight on along the road which runs alongside the bay. Keep going to the end of this road until you come to a small parking area. From here it’s a few hundred metres of a walk to the cove. Its not accessible and isn’t a suitable location for small children.   ]]> [...]

Killaloe

Killaloe

Killaloe, Lough Derg May 2011 Lough Derg is one of the most attractive lakes in the country, large and with a varied shore line. The swimming spot, about 5 kilometres outside Killaloe, is a lovely place to visit . This is a well kept area with lots of grass and a number of seats and picnic tables. You can access the water from a small sandy beach , where the water is quite shallow and good for children to play in. For swimmers you need to wade out from here into your depth. Alternatively, you can get in from the slipway to the side where the water is deeper. Whichever way you go, please remember to be careful of hidden rocks. As well as having a swim there is plenty of room to picnic and a forest area with short walks. Toilets are located nearby The water here is soft and dark and the views across the lake as you swim are most impressive. Unfortunately, there are signs warning you of algae in the summer months so do be careful. Blue Flag location. Directions:  View Larger Map   From the M7 take exit 27 and get onto the R494 for Killaloe. From there you take the R463 signposted Tuamgraney. The swimming spot is located about 5kms from Killaloe and you will know it by the good sized car parking area at the roadside on the right hand side. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 58   ]]> [...]

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