Trawalua Strand Beach (Cliffony Bay)

Trawalua Strand Beach - County Sligo
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Trawalua Strand is often overlooked in favour of neighbouring Mullaghmore or Streedagh beaches. Yes, to get here takes a little more effort, but it’s worth it to enjoy this beach where there is never a crowd. Even if there are people on the beach, there is nearly 4 miles of golden sand backed by high dunes to spread out on.

Outside of the summer the beach at Trawalua is mostly frequented by surfers and horse riders. When it gets a bit warmer it’s quite popular with families. That said the sea here is particularly treacherous with strong undercurrents so swimming is prohibited.

Trawalua beach is also frequented by naturists. If you do intend to go clothing free head for the far north or south ends of the beach.

The walk down to the beach isn’t actually too bad. There is a parking area next to the football field in Cliffony village. From here just follow the stream across the fields and over the dunes - it’s about half a mile.

Overlooking the beach on the northern headland is the turreted Classiebawn Castle. This 19th century country house was once the home of Earl Mountbatten.

Also known as:

Cliffony Bay

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


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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  • Surfing

Nudist/naturist beach


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