Beaches in Clonakilty
Clonakilty has a well-deserved reputation for some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Ireland. For families, walkers, surfers and bathers, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Explore the beautiful & accessible coastline to find your own secret cove our just visit these popular strands!
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The Blue Flag beach at Inchydoney Island, just a few miles from Clonakilty, is renowned not only as one of the most family friendly beaches in West Cork but also as one of the most beautiful. With vast expanses of sand, dunes and excellent surfing conditions there really is something for everyone.
(Car parking, toilets and access via ramps and steps. Lifeguards on duty in the summer season).
About 15 minutes from Clonakilty and looking out over the Galley Head lighthouse is the aptly named Long Strand. A mile and a half of sand bounded by waves of dunes this is the perfect place to stretch your legs and breath in the fresh Atlantic air. The top end is a haven for surfers but the rest of the beach is unsafe for bathing due to a dangerous undertow.
(Car parking facilities are available at the southern end of the beach).
Dotted with rock pools, the Red Strand is only minutes from the Long Strand and offers a wonderful tranquil spot for the whole family.
(Toilets and access off road).
The Blue Flag beach at The Warren, Rosscarbery is a wonderfully sheltered family beach with safe bathing and numerous rock pools. If swimming or paddling isn’t your thing then try a round of Pitch and Putt on the 18-hole championship course located in the adjacent dunes or perhaps a spot of fishing off the pier.
(Car parking, toilets – closed in winter – and access via ramps. Lifeguard on duty in the summer season).
Owenahincha is a popular family beach backing onto sand dunes and located approximately 7 miles from Clonakilty. Here you can get the best of two beaches by taking the short walk over the cliffs to The Warren, Rosscarbery while taking in the incredible sea views. Owenahincha is only minutes away from Castlefreke woods and the ‘TidyVillage’ of Rathbarry with shop, pub, water wheel and pot bellied pig!.
(Car parking and toilet facilities. Lifeguards on duty in summer season).
Interesting coves and inlets abound along the West Cork coastline around Clonakilty, too numerous to name, but finding just some of them is all part of the magic of this picturesque coastal location.