5 beaches to visit in Cork

Now that the 5 km restrictions have been lifted, check out these beautiful beaches that are right on your doorstep !

1. Barleycove, Goleen

Barleycove Beach Cork









Barleycove is a sandy beach in a sheltered bay between Mizen Head and Lyroe peninsulas close to the Southwesterly tip of Ireland. The beach is cleaned regularly and the beach has even been awarded a Blue Flag status. This is a great spot for a walk with the dogs or a family day out swimming. An estuary running alongside it and into the Atlantic makes it safer for children to swim compared to other beaches. It is lifeguarded on weekends during the bathing season and there is a noticeboard with visitor information on the beach.









The beach is just a short drive from Clonakilty,This beautiful beach is a stunning stretch of soft sand and dunes. It is very popular among surfers, and there is a surf school on the beach for those who need lessons or board and wetsuit hire facilities. It is a super family friendly beach with lots of space to build sand castles, eat picnics or explore rock pools. It is very popular in the summer months but there is plenty of room for everyone.

3. The Warren Beach, Rosscarbery

Warren Beach Rosscarbery









The beach is nestled within a Natural Heritage Area and protected by sand dunes. Although rural, it has facilities including a café, a car park and toilet facilities. The beach itself is sandy, immaculate and has a lifeguard present during the summer months. Dogs are also allowed on a lead.

4. Redbarn Beach, Youghal

Redbarn Beach Youghal









Redbarn Beach is a mixture of sand and pebble and is located on 5km long stretch of coastline which runs to the south west from Youghal town. The beach was Blue flag awarded. It is a great place for a nice walk or sit to enjoy the relaxing beach view. Public parking is provided on the beach in Redbarn and public toilets are provided adjacent to the beach.

5.  Myrtleville Beach, Myrtleville

Myrtleville Beach









Myrtleville Beach is the closest beach to Cork City and ideal to get to the coast for an hour and maybe catch a glimpse of seals! Although there’s no official beach car park the approach road is wide and can facilitate lots of cars on either side. Myrtleville has an easy gradient and plenty of space providing a safe environment for all types of water sports including Surfing, Kayaking, Windsurfing, Kite Surfing!


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