Fanore

Fanore

Fanore Beach June 2009 Fanore is a wide and long sandy beach, popular with families, young people and surfers. While the beach is open there are rocks to shelter from the wind. It's also dotted with pools for the kids to play in. The Burren is a spectacular backdrop and the Fanore dune system which surrounds the beach is designated as a European special area of conservation. This is a popular surfing location with a surf school in operation when we were there. Surfers will enjoy the wavy sea when the wind blows. The water here is clear and fresh and the Burren is a lovely backdrop for your swim. But you need to be careful when the wind is blowing. Again, this is more suitable for people who like to mess about in the waves than go for a leisurely swim. Blue Flag beach with lifeguards during the summer months. There is also good parking and O.K. toilets. Buggy accessible, but not wheelchairs Directions  View Larger Map Fanore is located on the R477 between Doolin and Ballyvaughan and is sign-posted. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 51   ]]> [...]

Glasheen

Glasheen

Glasheen Beach June 2009 Glasheen is small, secluded and sheltered by rocks at either end. Out to sea you are looking across the mouth of the Shannon River to the Kingdom of Kerry.   On a warm sunny day in June we were the only ones there, a common feature of many, off the beaten track beaches in Ireland. Glasheen has a decent sized car park, a couple of stone picnic tables and steps which lead you down to the beach. Buggy accessible, but not wheelchairs. Directions  View Larger Map From the town of Kilkee take the R487 signposted for Loop Head. Watch out for and take a left turn sign-posted Doonaha. When you come to a crossroads you go straight through (not signposted when we were there) which leads you to Glasheen beach. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No.63   ]]> [...]

Pollock Holes

Pollock Holes

Pollock Holes, Kilkee June 2009 The Pollock Holes are well known to thousands of swimmers from Clare, Limerick and beyond. They are an institution. This is a swimming place which isn't immediately obvious and to get there you go down the steps from the car park and out onto the flagstones well worn by thousands of swimmers before you. If in doubt just follow the 'crowd'. The Pollock Holes are lovely, clear sea pools uncovered when the tide is out. So you need to time your visit and check the tide times. While the Atlantic waves may beat on the rocks a hundred yards beyond you, the pools themselves are usually calm and protected.  They do take a bit of effort getting into, but they are well worth the effort. After your swim you can retire to the café near the car park for tea and hot scones. Perfect. Watch out also for the statue of the late, Limerick born actor, Richard Harris, just beyond the café at the beginning of the cliff walk. Not buggy or wheelchair accessible. Directions  View Larger Map The Pollock Holes are located just outside Kilkee town. To reach them you drive through the town and at the roundabout you take the L 2009, sign-posted Coast Road. Follow this road   as it winds alongside the beach until you come to the car park. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 63   ]]> [...]

Spanish Point

Spanish Point

Spanish Point June 2009 Spanish Point is a popular holiday location and its long, sandy beach is well known to its many regular visitors. This is a good beach for walkers, swimmers and surfers. Its high cliffs give some protection from the winds, although like most beaches used for surfing the sea can get wavy so be careful. As can be seen from the photos you will need to take care while swimming here. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.  Blue Flag beach. There is also a large car park and basic toilets. Directions  View Larger Map Travelling from Lahinch you go on the N67 and then take a right turn onto the R482 signposted for Spanish Point. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 51   ]]> [...]

White Strand

White Strand

White Strand, Killard, Doonbeg June 2009 How many beaches in Ireland are called White Strand ? Who knows, but here's another one. This is a nice, small and secluded beach, sheltered by rocks at either end.  A good feature is steps down to the sand from a couple of locations. This White Strand looks across the bay to its big brother beach at Doughmore Bay called, you've guessed it, White Strand. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Blue Flag beach The beach is buggy accessible, but not wheelchairs.  Killard has a good size car park. Watch out for the memorial to Pat McDonnell, 1912 Olympic shotput champion, who was born near the beach in 1878. Directions  View Larger Map Access is off the N67 between Kilkee and Doonbeg. About 5km from Kilkee you take a left turn at the signpost for The White Strand B and B. The beach itself wasnt signposted when we were there( surprise, surprise) but if you follow the 'White Strand' B and B signs they will take you there. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 57   ]]> [...]

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