Beaches in Youghal Area
What is it about a beach that gives us those happy, healthy and soothing moods? Is it the lapping sound of the waves, the squishy feeling of sand on bare feet, the gentle sea breeze…..who knows? On the miles of Youghal Blue Flag Beaches you may not find the answer but you will enjoy all those wonderful “beachy” thoughts together all the fun that goes with sand and sea. Youghal is in the enviable position in that it can boast 4 beaches, each with its own special magic.
Front Strand Beach & Claycastle Blue Flag Beach
Front Strand Beach & Claycastle Blue Flag Beach are 2 sandy beaches located side by side and within walking distance of Youghal Town. Front Strand Beach is in an elevated sheltered position with a promenade and steps leading on to the soft fine sand. Children just love to paddle, swim and build their sand empire here. It is ideal spot for a beach picnic. Car parking and toilet facilities together with on-duty lifeguard (during bathing season) amenities are onsite.
Youghal’s 400 metre wheelchair friendly Boardwalk leads from Front Strand onto Claycastle Blue Flag Beach. When the tide out, Claycastle Blue Flag Beach offers a huge expanse of sand making it ideal for running, walking and on-shore ball games. The swimming here along the shoreline is terrific and a lifeguard is on duty during the bathing season. Just wanting to relax?.. the seating provided on the boardwalk is just the job for you. There is a very large carpark at Claycastle Beach.
Continue walking along the shore from Claycastle Blue Flag Beach, and you will come to Redbarn Blue Flag Beach. Redbarn Blue Flag Beach is a mixture of sand, pebble and some shell. It makes for great swimming, walking and beach fun. Ballyvergen Marsh is nearby and of huge ornithological and botanical significance – listen for the birdsong. A mid-morning walk across all three beaches is a very popular activity, followed by lunch at the adjacent to The Quality Hotel. The Beach of course may also be accessed by road – it is very well signposted from all directions.
The Mall Beach
Youghal is quite unique in that it also has a beautiful beach in the centre of town. The traditional bathing area of Mall Beach is nestled between Youghal Visitor Centre and Youghal Town Hall on The Mall. It is small, intimate, and the sandiest beach known. Toddlers love it and they can never stray too farm from Mom’s view. To experience The Mall Beach to the fullest, its best to get here early, it fills up quickly.
Enjoy safe swimming and beach fun!