June 2010

This was our first time to visit Mannin Bay and, while it may be hard to find, it is absolutely worth the effort.

Mannin is a beautiful, quiet beach with lovely clear water, plenty of room and fantastic views across to the Twelve Bens. The beach has various inlets and while it can be windy there are rocks for shelter. It’s not too steep as you enter and when we were there we swam out to a lone yacht anchored near the shore. Lucky them.

It’s always nice to discover new places and Mannin is highly recommended


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You travel on the R341 from Clifden and after the coral strand you watch out for a right hand turn which is signposted for the Mannin Bay Hotel. You go along this twisty road until you come to a fork – you go to the right and then watch out for a gate on your right hand side with space for a few cars to pull in. The gate has a sign which says ‘ Sheep Grazing’ . Through this gate there is a worn track which leads you to the beach. If you have a dog it must be on a lead .

It’s buggy accessible with an effort, but not wheelchairs.

Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 44

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