Byrne’s Cove, Kilkee
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.