Silver Strand Beach
The pristine sands of County Mayo’s Silver Strand are just about remote enough to keep the crowds at bay. Set near the mouth the Killary Fjord it isn’t actually that difficult to get here but thankfully this beautiful beach manages to stay just under the radar.
The beach here somewhat lives up to its name with an expanse of pale sand bordered by dunes and craggy rock headlands, which offer some shelter from the breeze. It is only when the sun comes out that you’ll really appreciate the name; the water becomes a deep blue and in contrast the sand sparkles.
Given its obvious charms Silver Strand can be quite a popular choice, particularly with families during the holidays. The beach now has a reasonably sized car park and toilets. However, this is the limit of the amenities here and there is no lifeguard service so some caution is advised, even though swimming here is generally safe on calm days.
Not far off the coast from Silver Strand are the islands of Inishturk and Inishbofin which not only provide a touch of shelter from the waves but make a stunning backdrop for the west-coast sunsets.
The views behind are equally impressive. Beyond the rolling green fields you can’t miss the towering bulk of Mweelrea, the tallest mountain in western Ireland. Only a few kilometres from the coast the summit rises over 800 metres (2,600ft) above the coast.
The immediate area around Silver Strand is rich in history both ancient and modern. There are numerous archaeological sites around Killadoon including tombs and a clapper bridge. Even closer is the “Lost Valley”, an area of natural beauty with reminders of a dark time. Among the woodlands and lakes is a ruined village, deserted during the Great Famine.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)
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