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


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.

Dooneen Pier (Sheepshead)

Bathing Water Status: Green Coast 2020

The nearest town to the pier is Kilcrohane. It is very suitable for swimming and diving as it is a sheltered pier.  Access to the sea is via steps.  It is very popular for fishing as there are plentiful supplies of mackeral. It is also a popular picnic spot. 

There are boat trips to Carbery Island and seal watching. 

The reknowned Sheeps Head Way walking route has over 60 miles of marked trails and transverses the nearby village of Kilcrohane. There are walks here for all abilities.