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“A beautiful and safe, clean, sandy beach”
Review of Barleycove Beach

Barleycove Beach
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Schull
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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“A beautiful and safe, clean, sandy beach”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

We first visited here last year at the end of August - very few people then (and no lifeguard) even on a beautiful sunny day: a wonderful way to enjoy the expanse of sand and gently shelving beach and view.

This year in early August the beach is (relatively) busy but in no way crowded and there are two lifeguards in attendance. Very safe for swimming/bodyboarding - fun but not large waves: our 7 and 9 year old boys loved it.

Can be pretty breezy, though, even on the sunniest day - that can make for near-perfect days like today: bright blue sky and sea set against the bright green of the cove's slopes, no clouds, lovely fresh breeze, big, big sky. On greyer days the beach still has a majestic openness about it and is a fabulous place for a walk.

But on the practical side for a Summer's day, I'd recommend a windbreak, wetsuits for the water and maybe a fleece/hoodie for later in the day. (Oh, and a toilet roll for the beach bag for family emergencies - there are 2 portaloos back at the carpark, but they're not equipped). If only there were an ice-cream kiosk nestled behind the sand dunes for Summer as we found at Ventry beach in Dingle - didn't spoil the natural beauty but topped the family day off well. But that might just be asking too much. A fantastic beach in any event.

Visited August 2014
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Dublin
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“Nice Beach”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Nice beach with a car park over the causeway on the Crookhaven road. A nice boardwalk goes from the Car Park to the beach via a really cool floating bridge. The beach is looks safe but there was no lifeguard on duty when we were there. Goodish sand dunes. No real facilities - noticed two port-a-loos near the car park but unsure if they were open. Barleycove hotel is up the hill but it looks like it would be a good climb. All in All a nice beach for a day out with the kids or a stroll.

Visited June 2014
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Skibbereen, Ireland
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“Irelands No1 Best and a Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

This is the crown in the jewel of west cork.

Beautiful golden soft sand. A long beach with some excellent swimming conditions when the tide is around half way in. Not commercialized and hopefully it'll stay that way. No buses allowed but a fairly decent sized car park is available and you can access the beach via a pontoon.

Visited June 2014
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“The best beach in Ireland”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

I`ve been going to this beach all my life and its simply the best. A stream around the back for kids to swim in and surf out the front, now with a car park, board walk and toilets. A walk up the hotel and your set!
Also look out for the secluded beaches near Chimney cove which is right next to it - a must see!

Visited May 2014
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New Jersey
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“Windy, sandy and pretty”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Sandy beach is not what you've come to expect in Ireland. This is a nice large beach, great during the summer I am sure but off season a good place for a walk.

Visited May 2014
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