Annestown Beach

Annestown Beach

Annestown Beach August 2010 Annestown is an attractive beach with a wide stretch of sand when the tide is out. This is another good place for families as there is a sheltered area to the left and various pools and rocks for kids to explore. The water here can be a bit wavy so it's a good place for children, and adults, to bring their boards. There is a decent sized car park which leads across stones to the beach. It isn't wheelchair accessible and you will have to carry your buggy a short distance. The car park area has one picnic table with nice views across the beach. Directions. From Dungarvan take the R675 toward Tramore and the beach is signposted after you pass through Annestown village. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 82 View Larger Map   [...]

Annestown Beach

Ardmore

Ardmore August 2010 Ardmore is one of Waterford's more popular holiday resorts and its beach is ideal for families and children. Located right at the edge of the town this is a good stretch of sheltered, soft sand, with clear waters which are great for kids to splash and play in. The water here feels fresh and is clear to swim in. Even when the tide is in the water doesn't get too deep and lifeguards are on duty during the summer. The beach itself is quite sheltered with most people congregating near the town end. So if you want some peace and quiet you just need to walk a few hundred metres. Ardmore is a lively and safe family beach, busy in the summer and on a good day you might even be entertained by a bagpipe player. There is a decent sized car park behind the beach and basic toilets there as well Blue Flag beach Directions  View Larger Map From Dungarvan take the R25 for Youghal. There are various left turns signposted Ardmore off this road. The beach is right at the edge of the town. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 44   [...]

Annestown Beach

Ballydowane Bay

Ballydowane Bay August 2010 Ballydowane Bay is located on Waterford's 'Copper Coast' ( the name comes from the copper mines said to be located at its heart), which is renowned for its geological make up and cliff formations. The beach here is surrounded by impressive reddish brown cliffs and is well sheltered. The beach itself is stony and not a place for kids who want soft sand to play in. There are, however, a number of rock pools for young and old to explore. Before swimming here take notice of the sign in the car park which warns you of ripple currents. SO BE CAREFUL. There is a gradual wade in to the water and it is sandy underfoot. When we swam here the water wasn't clear but that doesn't tell you anything about its cleanliness. Overall, not a great swimming spot but interesting for its geology and its impressive cliffs. Directions  View Larger Map From Dungarvan take the R 675 toward Tramore. Follow this road and then take the right turn off it for Stradbally. As you come into Stradbally you then take the right turn signposted for Ballyvooney. After a few kilometres on this road you will come to a right turn signposted for Ballydowane Bay. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 44   [...]

Ballymacaw Cove

Ballymacaw Cove

Ballymacaw Cove August 2010 Balllymacaw is a very attractive, out of the way cove, not well signposted and not very well known. If you do find it is well worth the effort. The cove is sheltered by small, rocky cliffs on either side. Access to the water can be from the rough slipway which leads to the small, stony beach. From here there is a gradual wade in so it's good for children. Alternatively, you can follow the rough path to the left of the bridge which leads you to a small pier cum landing area. The steps here bring you into clear and deep water, even when the tide is low. The beach here is more stones than sand and when the tide is in it gets covered so don't come here with too many buckets and spades. However, if you are looking for a quiet place for a good swim in clear water, then this is a good choice. Directions  View Larger Map From Tramore take the R675 toward Waterford. Not far outside the town you take a right turn onto the R684/685 toward Dunmore East. Follow this road and watch out for a sign posted right turn for Ballymacaw . After this you are on your own as we didn't see any more signposts and the cove itself isn't signposted. Just ask the friendly locals Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 76   [...]

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Ballyquinn Beach

Ballyquinn Beach August 2010 In contrast to its noisier neighbours in Clonea and Ardmore, Ballyquin is a beach to go to if you want to swim in a quieter setting. This is a wide, secluded beach with a good expanse of soft sand. It is quite open so when it's windy you will likely need a windbreak. There are some pools for the kids to explore and some shelter from the rocks. The water here is clear and very nice to swim in. It's sandy underfoot and you get into your depth gradually. All in all a good spot for those who want to swim without too much background noise. There is a small car park, with room for a handful of cars, and a basic toilet in the car park. Access to the beach is via a rough path cum slipway on which you could manage a buggy and possibly a wheelchair, with great care.Directions  View Larger Map From Dungarvan take the R25 toward Youghal. You then take a left turn onto the R675 signposted Ardmore. Before Ardmore watch for a left turn signposted for Ballyquinn Beach. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 82   [...]

Annestown Beach

Bunmahon

Bunmahon August 2010 Bunmahon is yet one more example of Waterford's many fine family beaches. It has everything you might look for in a place to come swimming with your children - a good stretch of soft sand, lifeguards in the summer months and a good sized car park which also has a children's play area beside it. There is gradual access to the water in Bunmahon so it's good for the children to play in. While the beach itself is soft it is a bit exposed, so bring a windbreak if you are planning to linger. Access from the main car park is up and over a rough path and it isn't wheelchair accessible. Nearer the town there is a much smaller car park and that has a slipway which will give you buggy access and possibly access for wheelchairs as well. Please note that there are dangerous rip currents at Bunmahon, so be careful especially out of season when there are no lifeguards on duty Blue Flag Beach 2012. Lifeguard on duty during the summer months Directions  View Larger Map From Dungarvan take the R675 road to Tramore. The beach car park is on your right as you pass through the village of Bunmahon. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 82   [...]

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