Countless families have made the promenade their patch for a day at the beach. Elevated with wide easy steps to the beach, the promenade provides the perfect spot for those seeking a perch from which to keep an eye on the kids. In years gone by, it was considered fashionable to stroll along the promenade soaking in the evening sun and on sunny days, it can be just as busy as ever! As you make your way along the promenade, it connects to the boardwalk which will bring you to Claycastle Beach. With the tide in, the water comes right up to the base of the promenade – if you have young kids who want to paddle and build sandcastles, one of the other beaches may be just the ticket. Parking is available along the beach road or at the Front Strand carpark.
Claycastle Beach will be familiar to all who stay at one of Youghal’s caravan parks. Ample parking is available and the beach is close to Aura Leisure and Swimming pool and the Pitch and Putt course is a minute’s stroll. Pick a spot for the day along the sand dunes. When the tide is out there is a fantastic stretch of sand to the water’s edge, perfect for games, sandcastles and just about any beach fun!
Redbarn Beach can be accessed from the main road (Take the R633, passing through the wonderful Ballyvergan Marsh) or by simply strolling further on from Claycastle Beach! The Quality Hotel is situated on the beach front with bar, food and pool! There are ample nooks and crannies near the sand dunes to pitch for the day.
Further on from Redbarn lies Pilmore Beach. For the adventurous, a walk from the Front Strand to Pilmore and back takes a good hour. On sunny days, Pilmore Beach might be just the place to go to find somewhere less crowded! The beach can have more pebbles and seaweed washed up but there is still plenty of sand for building epic castles!
Often overlooked is Greenhole Beach, situated near the 1798 Memorial Park (or ‘Green Park’ as it is known locally!). Wide and easy steps lead down to the beach. With the tide out, you can walk from here out past the lighthouse and onto the Front Strand – but caution is advised as the tide comes in quickly and strollers have been known to get caught. Avoid swimming out parallel to the Green Park wall as there is a dangerous current at this corner.
Tucked away in the centre of Youghal Town and a favourite of locals is the Mall Beach – situated right beside the Town Hall. Tons of soft sand make this a favourite. For seasoned swimmers, jumping off the quays and making the biggest splash possible is always a secondary goal to finding a pitch near the rear wall of the beach!
Whiting Bay is located approx a ten minute drive from Youghal. Take the Waterford Road and turn-off at the junction for Ardmore (R673). Just as you come into Ardmore, there is a boat planted with flowers on your left hand side – take the road opposite this and drive straight onto until you hit Whiting Bay Beach! A wide open beach that offers plenty of space.
Secluded and sandy, Goat Island Beach is worth the drive. Take the directions for Whiting Bay above, but just before you reach Whiting Bay Beach, take a left turn. Follow this road for circa one and half miles and turn right (Goat Island Beach will be signposted). Follow along this road, but take care because it is narrow with often only space for one car.