Youghal is specially blessed with two prestigious European Blue Flag beaches at Youghal Strand and Clay Castle. That's over 5 kilometres of fabulous beaches to enjoy, with safe swimming (lifeguards on duty during peak season), and lovely coastal walks.
There are many coves and beaches within a 15-minute drive, varying from small and rocky to large and sandy stretches. There are a large number of beautiful spots for sea bathing with rock pools and stunning wild and windy cliff walks. Just ask reception staff for information. For those that wish to swim closer to shore, Ballymaloe has a swimming pool.
For the active, the Mizen Peninsula's sandy beaches are just a short drive away and the Sheep's Head peninsula boasts miles and miles of scenic walks.
Whitepark Bay was donated to the National Trust in 1938 by the Youth Hostel Association of Northern Ireland this spectacular sandy beach forms a white arc between two headlands. The bay is known to have "singing sands" (the roundness of the grains of sand means that they squeak as you walk on them) and its secluded location means that even on a busy day there is room for quiet relaxation...
Guests staying at Cashel House can enjoy long relaxing walks or swim from this property's private beach or any of Connemara's numerous beaches with glorious views of the West.
Clare Island's beautiful sandy beach surrounding the main harbour and Granuaile's Castle is a superb natural amenity. The pristine water and white sand of the 'Blue Flag' beach make it an ideal spot for swimming and exploring the shoreline. The beach also holds a 'Green Flag' for water safety and quality and it is the only offshore island in Ireland and the UK to hold both accolades.
Not far from Coopershill House you will find plenty of beaches along the wonderful coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Blue Flag beaches - designated by the EC for safety and the quality of the water and facilities - are the rule rather than the exception in this part of the world. Enniscrone and Strandhill in Co Sligo are just two beaches where you can enjoy leisurely walks.
There are several superb sandy beaches within easy reach of Delphi. Many of them are often completely devoid of people. Silver Strand, White Strand, Glasilaun Strand, Bertra Strand, Carrowmore Strand. The list is lengthy and each is well worth a visit for a walk, a picnic, a paddle, a surf, or a swim.
The dramatic Hook Peninsula in the south-east of Ireland is home to a multitude of sunny sandy coves for guests staying at Dunbrody House to explore.
The beautiful Enniscrone beach is only 6 miles away from the hotel and there is also a blue flag beach at Ross, Killala (8 miles). Also located in Enniscrone is "Waterpoint" an indoor pool adventure centre. Contact reception and they can arrange a lovely picnic basket for your day at the seaside.
At Marlfield House the sunny south-east is awaiting discovery. County Wexford is famous for its white sandy beaches so why not take some time to visit a few and discover for yourself?
Guests staying at Rathmullan House wonder at the setting - seven acres of beautifully tended grounds, fringed by a two-mile-long sandy beach. Feel the wind in your hair as you stroll from the gardens down to the golden beach on the sea at Lough Swilly. For a special treat take the Swilly Explorer and take in the sights of surrounding Inch Island, Buncrana and Fanad and let the driver tail the sails.
Guests staying at Dunowen House are spoiled for choice when it comes to local beaches. Sands Cove is a lovely secluded beach just a 10-minute walk from the house, perfect for a picnic, BBQ, a quiet read or rock pool hunting. Red Strand is a sandy beach, great for kids, just a 5-minute drive from the house, offering stunning views across to Galley Head Lighthouse. Inchydoney Beach is a popular and award-winning long sandy beach, perfect for surfing. There is also a very good surf school located on the beach. Long Strand is located about a 15-minute drive from the house. This beach is an excellent spot for long walks or exploring the sand dunes although not suitable for swimming.