West Cork’s rugged coastline, tiny coves, golden sands and safe harbours offers a range of beaches that are popular with surfers, swimmers, wind-surfers and walkers. Many of our beaches are so secluded it is just you and the Atlantic Ocean. Here is a list of beaches on our doorstep, but if you wish to explore West Cork further you have two more Blue Flag beaches in Barleycove and Tragumna.
A very safe sheltered beach to sunbathe and swim, suitable for families. Only 1km from Rosscarbery Causeway and the Celtic Ross Hotel.
Blue Flag Beach. A short distance from Rosscarbery, this Blue Flag beach is a long sandy beach. As it is exposed it can get very windy and is a popular spot for surfing.
Looking out over Galley Head this beach is great to stretch the legs and breathe in the Atlantic air. Not suitable for swimming, a surfer’s haven.
Not far from Long Strand this beach is dotted with rock pools.
Blue Flag Beach. Outside of Clonakilty this vast beach is great for surfing.
To see which beaches are lifeguarded check the websites addresses below, and keep an eye out for beach notice boards for more information.