Youghal Claycastle Beach

This popular long and sandy beach lies walking distance of the historic town of Youghal in County Cork, Ireland. There is a lifeguard during the summer season, and wheelchair access to the beach is good. There is also a ramp in addition to the steps, and there is a public car park and toilets nearby.

The beach is an especially popular location for family picnics, swimming, walking, and relaxing. It stretches for 400 metres, and there is seating available on the boardwalk which separates Claycastle from Redbarn. At low tide there is an old medieval road clearly visible on the Redbarn side. The island in the bay is known as Capel Island, named after a local Italian family.

Dogs need to be kept on a lead and the law requires dog owners to clear up any fouling that occurs on the beach. Visitors are also reminded to ensure they take any litter home with them.

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

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  • Promenade

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