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Owenahincha Beach

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Owenahincha Beach - County Cork

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Owenahincha is an extensive sandy beach which for much of its length is backed by dunes. This area is a popular holiday destination with lots of camping and caravan sites in the vicinity.
However, the resort isn't quite the height of popularity it was back in the 70s and 80s, and there is a bit of a run-down feel to the village to say the least.

The beach here is as lovely as ever though. A wild and exposed stretch of beach divided by a rocky outcrop. It has recently been awarded Blue Flag status which is testimony to the cleanliness of the beach and the available facilities.

Despite the resort's current low, Owenahincha can still get busy in the summer as it is within easy driving distance of Cork City.

Owenahincha Beach is a good surf spot and there is a surf school nearby. It is also frequented by kite surfers.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

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

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  • Kite surfing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Shop

Nearest town



OS grid ref.


Blue Flag Award