Beaches in Cork

Blue Flag Beaches in Cork can be enjoyed whatever the season. Cork is well known for its sandy beach and safe swimming waters. Why not enjoy a day out at the beach, whether taking a swim or a long walk on the cleanest and most scenic beaches in the south of Ireland.
Barleycove, Crookhaven, Youghal Strand, Clay Castle, and Red Barn, Garryvoe, Shanagarry, Inchydoney, Clonakilty (pictured), Garrylucas, Garretstown, Ballinspittle, The Warren, Owenahincha, Rosscarbery and Barleycove Beach are just some of the great beaches around Cork.
Cork is well known for its sandy beach and safe swimming waters. Garrylucas is a sandy beach with sand dunes in part. Inchydoney is a sandy beach, located on Inchydoney Island a few miles from Clonakilty. Owenahincha is a sandy beach that backs onto sand dunes.

Barleycove Beach (Barlycove)

Barleycove Beach, West Cork is a large sandy beach backed by sand dunes. The sand dunes were thrown up in the tidal wave that swept Europe after the earthquake in Lisbon in 1755. Today they have been partially eroded but they are protected like much of the coast round this area as European designated Special Areas of Conservation. The road goes to the east of the beach across a causeway bisecting Lissagriffin Lakes and at the T-junction you turn left to Mizen Head.

 

barley cove beach west cork

Type of beach
Sandy

Lifeguard service
Yes

Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs required to be on a leash and dog fouling removed.

Nearest town
Crookhaven
Postcode
OS grid ref.

Garretstown Beach

Garretstown Beach, West Cork lies near the Old Head of Kinsale and a short drive from Kinsale town and Ballinspittle village, much favoured for surfing.

 

Garretstown Beach

 

Garrettstown is a popular sandy beach. Despite this it still retains a rural feel and has not been over developed.

It's a great family beach with all the facilities including a seasonal lifeguard service. With a ramp down to the beach Garrettstown is also accessible.

This is one of the most popular surfing beaches in the area and is home to a surf school.
Also known as:
Garrettstown

Type of beach
Sandy

Lifeguard service
Yes

Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed
Dogs required to be on a leash and dog fouling removed.

Activities
Crazy golf/putting
Swimming/bathing
Surfing

Facilities
Cafe/restaurant
Disabled facilities
Town centre nearby
Shop

Garrylucas Beach

Garrylucas Beach lies just next to the Old Head of Kinsale, about 24 miles south-west of Cork. This Blue Flag beach has a good expanse of clean, white sand with some areas of grassy dunes. On either side of the beach there are rocky cliffs. Kilcolman Marsh lies just north of the beach, beyond the dunes.

 

Garrylucas Beach

 

The beach faces south-west, and it can be quite exposed to the elements - which is good news for surfers. The bay gets some good waves and is popular with surfers and other water sports enthusiasts. The presence of a lifeguard in the summer months (times displayed on notice boards at the beach) and the clean sand combine to make this a popular destination for bathers in the summer months. The water quality here has been classified as excellent.
The beach is accessed via ramps and steps. Parking and toilet facilities are next to the beach.

Type of beach
Sandy

Lifeguard service
Yes

Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs required to be on a leash and dog fouling removed.

Activities
Swimming/bathing
Surfing

Facilities
Cafe/restaurant
Town centre nearby
Shop

Inchydoney Beach

Inchydoney Beach, West Cork is a short drive from Clonakilty town. Visitors have a choice of two sections of this beautiful beach to choose and then relax in the overlooking Inchydoney Hotel afterwards. The one way road system allows ease of access to both the beach and hotel.

Inchydoney Beach

Type of beach
Sandy

Lifeguard service
Yes

Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs required to be on a leash and dog fouling removed.

Activities
Swimming/bathing

Facilities
Cafe/restaurant
Town centre nearby

The Warren Beach (Rosscarbery)

The Warren Beach (Rosscarbery), West Cork is a small local sandy beach backed with sand dunes. The area around the beach has been designated as a Natural Heritage Area.

Warren Beach

At the southern end of the beach is a harbour wall which protects the entrance to the rivermouth. A few small boats still fish from here. The area around the beach has been designated as a Natural Heritage Area and wildlife abounds

Also known as:
Rosscarbery

Type of beach
Sandy

Lifeguard service
Yes

Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs required to be on a leash and dog fouling removed.

Activities
Good fishing
Swimming/bathing
Surfing

Facilities
Cafe/restaurant
Toilets