Barleycove Blue Flag Beach 2015

Goleen – Cork

Barleycove Blue Flag Beach

Barley Cove is a sandy beach located in County Cork. It is quite a remote area and there is a floating bridge in place to manage access and reduce impact on the natural surroundings. It has been designated as a Special Area of Conservation under the European Habitats Directive.

It is lifeguarded on weekends during bathing season and there is a noticeboard with visitor information on the beach.

The beach has received the International Blue Flag award for 2015.

Front Strand Beach

Youghal – Cork

One of the main tourist attractions in Youghal is split into three strands; the Front Strand, Claycastle and Redbarn Strand. They are all sandy and safe beaches suitable for families, picnics and walks. Car Parking is available in all three.

Red Strand Beach 


Clonakilty is known as the Beach Centre of West Cork. As well as the Red Strand, the Long Strand, Ballinglanna, Duneen and numerous quiet coves. Red Strand is a small 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 Warren Beach

Rosscarbery – Cork

The Warren is a small, sheltered beach backed by sand dunes located in Rosscarbery, County Cork. It is a designated Natural Heritage Area and has great facilities including a car park and toilet facilities.

This beach is lifeguarded during the bathing season and further information can be found on the notice boards located at the beach.

Galley Cove Beach

Crookhaven Village – Cork

Galley Cove is located approximately 1.5km west of Crookhaven Village in County Cork. The beach is approximately 250m in length and is part of a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a National Heritage Area (NHA) as well as being a National Green Coast Awarded Beach.

The beach is popular with swimmers and walkers and forms part of a well used walking route from Barley Cove to Crookhaven.

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