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The lovely Ross beach can be found in a rural location just over 4 km from the pretty village of Killala on the Mayo coast. The beach itself is a mixture of sand and pebbles, backed by peat and sand dunes. Above the beach stands a former coastguard station which has been converted to holiday accommodation.
At low tide the area of beach beyond the coastguard station is a good place to hunt for marine wildlife in the many rockpools. This beach is a good place to bring children who will enjoy paddling in the bathing section, playing in the sand and exploring the rockpools.
From the beach, which has been awarded Blue Flag status, there are views over the mudflats of Killala Bay, where the River Moy enters the sea, towards Bartra Island and on clear days it is possible to see Enniscrone Beach on the opposite side of the bay.
There are toilets and picnic tables at the car park. Steps lead down to the beach and there is a ramp providing good access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Close to the car park there is a designated swimming area which is manned by lifeguards during the summer season. Signage warns that it is not safe to swim outside the designated swimming area because of the presence of strong currents, particularly around Bartra Island.
Pubs, a restaurant and other facilities can be found in Killala village.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs must be on a leash and droppings removed.
- Rock pooling