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 ๐Ÿ’Ž (@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! ๐Ÿ˜œ <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; Siobhรกn 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> [...]

Blue Pool

Blue Pool

Blue Pool, Glengarriff July 2009 Glengarriff is a popular holiday destination on the Beara Peninsula. While the Peninsula is beautiful it is not full of sandy, attractive beaches so this is one of the better swimming locations in the area Blue Pool nature park is in the middle of the town and is the access point for the ten minute ferry to nearby Garinish Island.ย  On the way across you are likely to see the seals sunning themselves on the rocks. The island is well worth a visit to see its Italian style gardens. The nature park contains wooded walks and a viewing point for the many seals who habitate in this area. The park is family friendly, with a play area and toilets. The swimming spot has stone steps which lead you into the water. It seems to be one of the few access points around. The water is deep and fresh andย ย  if you're lucky a seal might join you as you swim. Directions ย View Larger Map Glengarriff is on the N 71 between Bantry and Kenmare. The nature park is easily found as its in the middle of the town. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 85 ย  [...]

Barleycove, West Cork

Barleycove, West Cork

Barleycove, West Cork June 2011 Barleycove is one of the nicest beaches in West Cork and it's a fine place to swim. The beach's wide expanse of sand is surrounded by cliffs at either end. The water here is clear, fresh and wavy. It looks like a good place for surfers. The beach itself is fairly open , although there are rocks and a cove at one end for shelter. A windbreak will be handy if you are planning to make a day of it. There is plenty of room for children to play both on the beach and in the grassy dunes at the back. Blue Flag beach 2012. We think there are lifeguards in the summer months, although none was there mid week in June- check with Cork County Council. In any event do take notice of the rip current sign at the far end and be careful. Access to the beach is about a 5-10 minute walk from the good sized car park, across a board walk and a rubbery, bumpy pontoon. It's not wheelchair accessible and bringing a buggy will be difficult. The car park has portaloos, a water tap and a cold, outdoor shower.Directions: ย View Larger Map From Bantry you take the N71 toward Skibbereen. Outside the town you take a right turn onto the R591. Follow this all the way through Goleen and when the road swings left to Crookhaven , you take a right toward Mizen Head. The car park is a few kilometres beyond this point and is well signposted. Ordnance Survey Map. No. 88 ย  [...]

Cape Clear Island

Cape Clear Island

Cape Clear Island June 2011 Cape Clear is a lovely island located off the West Cork coast. However, is is not plentiful in accessible swimming spots. On a walk around the island the only place we could find for a dip is in the harbour where the small ferries and other boats come in. When the tide is low this is a scruffy, unappealing location. Thankfully, when the tide is in the seaweed and grimy sand is covered up and it is altogether more attractive. Access to the water is from a grassy area on the far side of the harbour to where the small ferries dock. There are stone steps into the water and good depth. We can't vouch for the water's cleanliness but it is certainly refreshing after a walk around what is a very attractive island. Beside the harbour is a cafe and craft shop which adds to its appeal Directions: ย View Larger Map Boats to the island go regularly from the town of Baltimore, which is accessed on the R595 from Skibbereen. Ordnance Survey Map No. 88 ย  [...]

Claycastle / Front Strand, Youghal

Claycastle / Front Strand, Youghal

Claycastle / Front Strand, Youghal June 2011 Two more for the price of one. Claycastle and Front Strand are two beaches that run into each other and, indeed, are part of a long, five kilometre beach which stretches from Youghal town to Redbarn and beyond. Like Redbarn these are open beaches with lots of room for walking and playing. However, they are sheltered in Youghal Bay and when we were there the water was calm and good for swimming. Do keep an eye on the tides as you face a bit of a wade in at low tide. If you plan to stay for a while, bring your wind break as there isn't much shelter on a windy day. Both are Blue Flag beaches 2011 and both have lifeguards in the summer. There is good car parking , picnic tables and toilets at Claycastle, which also has ramp access to the beach. At Front Strand there is good car parking as well, with ramp access at the very far end. Otherwise there are steps where you will be able to manage a buggy. At Front Strand do take notice of the warning sign about the 'groynes' (timber posts embedded in the sand) which are hidden at high tide. Directions: ย View Larger Map Front Strand is just outside Youghal on the R634 . Claycastle is a further kilometre or so on this road and the car park is signposted. Ordnance Survey Map No: 81 ย  [...]

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