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That rugged indented coastline of County Cork has beautiful secluded sandy bays such as Barley Cove on the Mizen Peninsula - a Blue Flag beach shown on the left - perfect for the summer holidays. Find a summer holiday home in County Cork.

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The pictuesque scenery of County Cork is one of the main reasons to holiday here.

Take a tour around these coastal rocky peninsulas:

Beara Peninsula
Mizen Head Peninsula
Sheeps Head Peninsula
Seven Heads Peninsula


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The Blue Flag award is re-assessed on an annual basis following testing of the beach environment. Any beach awarded blue flag status will fly the familiar blue and white flag. Please note that because the award status can vary from year to year, this page may serve as a guide only because the status may change.

Blue Flag beaches in the Youghal Area ( east County Cork) in 2011

Youghal is a town that caters for tourists. It has narrow streets with plenty of shops and restaurants, a picturesque harbour and some superb beaches. The beaches are good for surfing. Sir Walter Raleigh was mayor of Youghal in 1588 and the first potatoes were planted there.

Claycastle - a popular sandy beach about a km walk from Youghal

Redbarn - a long sandy beach backed by prominent sand dunes covered in marram grass. 2 km south of Youghal town.

Youghal Strand - a sandy beach

Other blue flag beaches outside Youghal:

Garryvoe Beach in Ballycotton Bay - is in the hamlet of Garryvoe between Cobh and Youghal. There is a lovely stretch of unspoilt shingle beach which is great for kite flying. There is ample car parking for visitors. A caravan site backs onto the beach and the Garryvoe Hotel is also virtually on the beach.

Kinsale Beaches:

Both of these beaches are near Kilcolman Marsh and the Old Head of Kinsale (a promontory jutting out into the sea with a links golf course).

Garretstown - sandy beach with toilets and parking. There are ramps providing access to the beach for wheelchair users. The village of Ballinspittle is a short drive away.

Garrylucas beach - a sandy beach with a few dunes. There is a feeling of remoteness about this beach.

Clonakilty Beaches

Incheydoney Beach is a fabulous bay of sand on the south side of Inchedoney Island, a few miles away from Clonakilty. This beach has toilets, lifeguards on duty all summer and parking.

Owenahincha Beach at Rosscarbery - sandy beach that is popular with surfers.

Warren Beach - long sandy sheltered beach, backed by sand dunes. There are rock pools for children to delve for crustaceans. Parking.

Also Long Strand and Redstrand which have fewer amenities and no Blue Flag award.


Tragumna Beach - small sandy beach 6 km away from Skibbereen. The beach is backed by rocks and there are rocky outcrops offshore.


Barleycove Beach - a wide and long beach in a sheltered bay. It is a special area of conservation and not far from Mizen Head.