Clonea Beach

Clonea Beach - County Waterford
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Clonea Strand is a long, wide stretch of sandy beach about 10 minutes ’ drive from Dungarvan. It is considered my some to be among the best beaches on Ireland’s South East coast.

People come here throughout the year for long walks, and to fly kites, taking in the expansive views over the sea and the Comeragh Mountains. In early 2017 a long walking and cycling track, the Waterford Greenway, was opened.  Formerly a disused railway line, this offers 46 km of paved walkway.  Part of the greenway runs behind the beach.

In summer the clean sands and enticing waves of Clonea Strand attract plenty of visitors, who come to sunbathe and play in the sands.  There are interesting rock pools scattered around the beach and children can find hours of entertainment looking for crabs and other interesting flora and fauna. The presence of a lifeguard during peak season makes this a popular spot for swimming and a variety of water sports.

It can get quite busy here when the weather warms up.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

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

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  • Swimming/bathing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Shop

Nearest town


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Parking available.


Blue Flag Award

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