Status of bathing water: Green Coast

Greenlands (known locally)/Ring Strand is a quiet but popular local beach situated about 2 miles from the nearest village of Ballymacoda in East Cork, and looks out onto Ballymacoda Bay.

Bathing Water Profile: Ring

Ardnahinch Shanagarry

Status of Bathing Water: Green Coast

Ardnahinch Beach is located near Shanagarry in Co Cork in a wide bay with views to Ballycotton and the Island lighthouse. During low tide it is an expansive beach, however at high tide there is only a thin strip of sand. The beach is located in an SPA & popular with birdwatchers. In keeping with ' leave no trace principles' bins are not provided

Bathing Water Profile: Ardnahinch Shanagarry 


Status of bathing water: Identified Bathing Water 2019

Garryvoe is a mixed pebble beach located in the village of Garryvoe.  The most direct way to approach it is by car is to leave the N25 at Castlemartyr village and follow the R632 to Garryvoe.  Public parking and toilets are provided adjacent to the beach and a lifeguard station is also in place.  Wheelchair access is provided.

Bathing Water Profile: Garryvoe


Status of bathing water: Blue Flag

The coastal resort of Redbarn is located approximately 2 kilometres south west of Youghal and is situated within an area comprising considerable natural and scenic amenities.

Ballyvergan Marsh, which is located to the north of Redbarn, is a proposed Natural Heritage Area. The marsh is of particular importance as it is the largest freshwater coastal marsh in County Cork, and accommodates important plant and bird species.

Public parking is provided on the beach in Redbarn and public toilets are provided adjacent to the beach.

Youghal Front Strand

Status of bathing water: Identified

Youghal Front strand is a sandy beach located beside Youghal town just off the N25.  Public car parking and public toilet facilities are provided at the beach. Lifeguards are on duty during the bathing season. Front Strand leads into Claycastle beach and onto Redbarn Blue Flag Beach.  It is a very pleasant beach for walking and popular with residents and visitors. Ballyvergen Marsh, of ornithological and botanical interest and of regional importance is located in the area. Access to the beach is by steps and ramps.


Status of bathing water: Green Coast

Garnish Strand is located 10.5km west of Allihies Village and 3km east of Dursey Cable Car. The beach forms an inlet within the larger Garnish Bay/Kenmare River. It consists of a stone and pebble strand with sand at water level, approximately 90m in length, see Figure 1 below. This strand forms part of a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Kenmare River SAC 002158 and is immediately adjacent to Beara Peninsula Special Protected Area 004155.


Status of bathing water:  Blue Flag

Barleycove is situated on the Mizen Penninsula, 22km south west of Schull. The site is situated between two headlands and compises an extensive sand dune system and associated habitats at the rear of the dunes. A small river running through the dunes discharges to the sea at the south east of the site. On the southern side the area is bounded by open sea. Public car parking, toilet facilities and lifebuoys are provided at the beach. Life guards are on duty during the bathing season.


Status of bathing water:  Green Coast

Ballyrisode Beach is located 11km west of Schull Town. The beach forms an inlet within the larger Toormore Bay. It consists of 2 beaches, each approximately 150m in length.This beach forms part of a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a National Heritage Area (NHA).

Ballyrisode Beach is an extremely valuable resource to both residents and visitors for a number of reasons, including its scenery and landscape and for its safe and sheltered location for swimming and other recreational activities.

Cregane (Warren) Rosscarbery

Status of bathing water: Identified Bathing Water 2019

The Warren is a sandy beach located at the mouth of Rosscarbery Bay and accessed by turning off the N71 at Warren Cross. There is a pitch and putt club adjacent to the beach. Public car parking, toilet facilities and lifebuoys are provided at the beach.

Bathing Water Profile: Warren

Inchydoney West

Status of bathing water: Blue Flag

Inchydoney Beach is a sandy south facing beach located at the north east of Clonakilty Bay. The beach is backed by sand dunes. The beach is quite open to rough weather conditions. Sea lettuce has been an issue at Inchydoney beach however a multi-agency Task Force was set up in 2009 to address this issue. To the west there is a channel which drains a tidal lagoon and sand flats known as Muckruss Strand.