Red Strand

Bathing Water Status: Identified

Red Strand is Green Flag Beach located in a horseshoe bay near Rosscarbery in County Cork. It is quite popular for surfing and has reasonably consistent surf all year round. The beach is accessible from the roadside, however there is no wheelchair access here and no designated car park. There are however a few spaces on the roadside where visitors can park.

Bathing Water Profile: Red Strand


Bathing Water Status: Other Monitored Water

Oysterhaven Beach is located in Ballinaclashet Creek approximately 6 km east of Kinsale, & 3.3 km south west of Nohaval, in Co. Cork.  Oysterhaven Beach is a west facing sandy, shingle beach. The beach is located within Oysterhaven Bay which is a sheltered south facing inlet.   The beach is flanked at both sides by low rocky cliffs.

Bathing Water Profile: Oysterhaven


Status of bathing water:  Identified Bathing Water

Coolmain beach is located south of Kilbrittain village. It is a sandy beach with sand dunes behind the beach separating the beach and the car park.

Bathing Water Profile: Coolmaine

Garrylucas, White Strand

Status of bathing water: Blue Flag

Garrylucas, White Strand is a sandy beach with sand dunes in part.  It is located beside the R604 road and adjacent to Kilcolman Marsh and the Old Head of Kinsale and within a short distance of Ballinspittle by car.  Public parking and toilets are provided adjacent to the beach and lifeguards are on duty during the summer season.  Access to the beach by ramps and steps.

Bathing Water Profile: Garrylucas


Status of bathing water: Blue Flag

Garretstown is a sandy beach. It is located on the R604 and adjacent to Kilcolman Marsh and The Old Head of Kinsale and within a short distance of Ballinspittle village by car. Public car parking, toilet facilities and lifebuoys are provided at the beach. Life guards are on duty during the bathing season. Access to the beach by ramps and steps. Wheelchair access is provided.

Bathing Water Profile: Garrettstown


Status of bathing water: Green Coast

Fountainstown beach is located on the South Cork coast, west of the entrance to Cork Harbour and on the northern side of Ringabella Bay. Fountainstown is a traditional seaside resort, some 15km from Cork City. There are actually two beach areas at Fountainstown.

Rocky Bay

Status of Bathing Water: Green Coast

Rocky Bay is approximately 300m wide from end to end, located near Minane Bridge, Cork. It is an open beach facing South-South East. The sandy beach area makes this location a popular amenity. Access is via a narrow entrance from a narrow local road. The area is very popular all year round but in particular during the summer season. Parking is very limited so on warm days in the summer the area can get quite congested.

Bathing Water Profile: Rocky Bay

Inch Strand

Status of bathing area: Green Coast

Inch Strand is a popular local sandy beach bordered by two streams situated about 9 miles south of Midleton. Its closest villages are Gyleen, Whitegate and Aghada, all within 4 miles of the beach. It lies at the start of Power Head and is surrounded by cliffs, rock pools and farmland. There are car parks on each side of the strand. 

Bathing Water Profile: Inch