At Ballymoney you get two beaches for the price of one. The first, just down from the car park, is smaller, a bit stony but with good shelter. It’s a good place for families with children as the kids can’t stray too far.
As with much of this coastline, the water is soft, dark and sandy. There is a gradual wade in and when we were there it was calm and very good for swimming. The beach is buggy accessible but not for wheelchairs – yet again.
The other beach, called the North beach, is just a few minutes walk from the car park along a stony path. This one has lifeguards in the summer months and is clearly a safer place to swim. The North beach is longer, more open and a bit sandier. Again, the water here is dark and calm. When we were there in June we were the only ones swimming and so had our own personal life guard watching us from the water’s edge. Thank you Wexford County Council.
If you are planning a stay on this beach you might be advised to bring a wind break.
Ballymoney has parking space for about twenty cars and in the summer there is also a little shop in operation. There are decent toilets and the beach also has the Blue Flag award
From Dublin you take the N11 for Wexford. You leave it at Exit 23 for Courtown and on this road, the R742 there are a couple of left turns signposted Ballymoney. Take your choice and follow the signposts.
Ordnance Survey Map No. 69