Garrylucas Beach

Garrylucas Beach - County Cork
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Garrylucas Beach lies just next to the Old Head of Kinsale, about 24 miles south-west of Cork.  This Blue Flag beach has a good expanse of clean, white sand with some areas of grassy dunes.  On either side of the beach there are rocky cliffs. Kilcolman Marsh lies just north of the beach, beyond the dunes.

The beach faces south-west, and it can be quite exposed to the elements - which is good news for surfers.  The bay gets some good waves and is popular with surfers and other water sports enthusiasts. The presence of a lifeguard in the summer months (times displayed on notice boards at the beach) and the clean sand combine to make this a popular destination for bathers in the summer months. The water quality here has been classified as excellent.

The beach is accessed via ramps and steps.  Parking and toilet facilities are next to the beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs required to be on a leash and dog fouling removed.

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  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop

Nearest town


OS grid ref.


Parking available.


Blue Flag Award

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