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Youghal - miles of beaches

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There are dozens of beaches in the Irish Riviera - and over time we'll write a review on many of them. At the centre of the Riviera is Youghal and it is blessed with not one but two blue flag beaches that offer miles and miles of seaside fun. Not only that, but there are literally dozens of other beaches within minutes of the town. If you want a secluded cove, a safe sandy beach, a hidden suntrap or a wide open strand - you don't have far to go.

The Blue Flag award is an internationally recognised symbol of beach and water cleanliness, and has been presented to the two largest beaches - Youghal Strand and Clay Castle that are the most popular beaches in the area. These beaches employ fully qualified Lifeguards during the summer months.

Youghal strand
Youghal Strand empty in February
Awarded a blue flag for cleanliness and water quality. Fine sand and sunbathing can be had here plus a huge open strand with plenty of space for all beach games. Good swimming and bodysurfing conditions prevail frequently. Generally safe bathing, with very gently sloping sands, smooth underfoot, and few currents. Lifeguards on duty during peak season. Ample car parking along the length of the beach . The beach is tidal, with few areas above the high water mark. At low tide the sea recedes 100 yards or more. Located 3/4 mile from the centre of Youghal town.

Youghal Clay Castle strand
Awarded a blue flag for cleanliness and water quality. Fine sand and sunbathing are to be had here plus a huge open strand with plenty of space for all beach games. Good swimming and bodysurfing conditions prevail frequently. Generally safe bathing, with very gently sloping sands, some rocks underfoot. Ample car parking along the length of the beach . The beach is mostly tidal, but with a large area of soft sand, shells and pebbles above the high water mark. At low tide the sea recedes 100 yards or more.
Located next to Youghal strand, 1.5 miles from the centre of Youghal town.

Youghal Green Park beach
Green Park Beach Youghal
Green Hole beach, as it is often called, is just 400 yards from the centre of Youghal and right next to some the largest holiday accommodation. Fine sand and sunbathing are here. Can be more sheltered than the main beaches if the wind is from the East. At low tide it's a huge open beach with plenty of space for all beach games. Generally safe for paddling, with very gently sloping sands, smooth underfoot, but care should be taken when swimming because of the currents. Ample car parking along the road. The beach is tidal, with no areas above the high water mark. At low tide the sea recedes 80 yards or more. The side of the beach has many low level rock pools, with a profusion of wildlife including shrimps, fish and shellfish - they are a favourite haunt of children with their nets! At certain times of year, dependent upon the tides and recent weather, this beach can have a lot of seaweed upon it. If it has go elsewhere - no other beach in Youghal has this problem.
Located 1/4 mile from the centre of Youghal town.

Youghal Town or Mall beach
This beach is just 50 yards from the centre of Youghal and between the town quay and the Mall House Arts Centre. A very fine sandy beach, it's ideal for sunbathing and for small kids. It's much smaller than the other beaches, and has walls at either side - making it easy to keep an eye out on your toddlers, as they cannot wander too far. Its is usually more sheltered than the main beaches. This beach is not tidal, and is always perfect for sandcastles, or relaxing. Generally safe for paddling, with very gently sloping sands, some pebbles underfoot, but care should be taken when swimming because of the currents. Ample Car Parking in the main car park adjacent.
Located right in the centre of Youghal town.

The 49 Steps in Youghal
Not really a beach, certainly not at high tide, but a favoured bathing and sunbathing spot none the less. Two steep sets of steps bring you down to an area of rocks and sandy coves right beside the Lighthouse. It catches the sun for most of day and is so sheltered it is always the hottest sunbathing spot. The rocks also have a diving board, that can be used at high tide only. This is great fun for young and old alike. Some of the more hardy locals swim here every day of the year. The rocks are not suitable for toddlers, but older children will have hours of fun playing among the plentiful rock pools - they are full of life. If you are into shellfish, you can pick your own mussels, cockles, winkles and whelks - they grow in profusion. Park carefully on the other side of the road from the Lighthouse.
Located 1/2 mile from the centre of Youghal town.

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