Youghal boasts some of the most incredible beaches in all of southern Ireland offering something for everyone. Here, a magnificent 5km ribbon of pristine sand unfolds westward from the town to Pilmore. This crown jewel of Youghal, known as the Youghal Beaches area, is a walker’s paradise.

Youghal Beaches: A Beach for Every Adventure

  • Lively atmosphere: Head to Front Strand or Claycastle Beach, connected by the famous Youghal Boardwalk. This bustling hub is perfect for families. Listen to the joyous shouts of children building sandcastles, feel the warmth of the sand between your toes, and lose yourself in the endless beauty of the ocean.
  • Tranquil escape: Explore the hidden coves near the iconic Youghal Lighthouse. Imagine tucking yourself away in a secluded spot, the rhythmic waves providing a calming soundtrack to your seaside retreat.
  • Quick afternoon dip or family fun: Mall Beach, situated conveniently in the heart of town, offers a delightful spot for a refreshing afternoon swim or a picnic lunch with a view.
Youghal Front Strand
Youghal’s Front Strand · Image: John Finn

Exploring Youghal’s Beaches

The beaches in Youghal are:

  • Front Strand Beach: Sheltered with soft sand, perfect for families and picnics.
  • Claycastle Beach (Blue Flag): Offers a vast expanse of sand for running, walking, and ball games.
  • Redbarn Beach (Blue Flag): A mix of sand, pebble, and shell, ideal for swimming, walking, and enjoying the nearby Ballyvergan Marsh, a haven for birdwatchers.
  • The Mall Beach: A small, traditional beach in the center of town, perfect for toddlers and a quick dip.
  • Green Hole Beach: A traditional beach close to Green Park, perfect for toddlers and picnics, rock pools and views of Youghal Lighthouse.
  • Hidden coves near the Lighthouse steps: Secluded spots for a peaceful retreat. Youghal Lighthouse

Experience the Magic of Youghal

So, if you’re yearning for a seaside escape filled with sunshine, sand, and endless beauty, look no further than Youghal. Youghal’s beaches are waiting to unfold their magic and create memories that will last a lifetime. Pack your swimsuit, grab a beach towel, and get ready to experience the charm of Youghal’s beaches.

Looking for more information on Youghal attractions? Visit our page: Explore Youghal

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FAQ's - Planning Your Youghal Beach Trip

There are several beaches in Youghal, but the most notable is the 5km stretch of pristine sand west of the town. Other noteworthy beaches include Front Strand, Claycastle Beach (Blue Flag), Redbarn Beach (Blue Flag), Green Hole, Mall Beach, and hidden coves near the Youghal Lighthouse.

Yes, the Blue Flag accredited Redbarn Beach, Claycastle Beach, and Front Strand have dedicated lifeguard stations during peak season.

Youghal offers a rich history and vibrant town center to explore. Here are a few ideas:

es, Youghal offers a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets and needs. See our page: Accommodation in Youghal

Youghal is easily accessible by car. You can also take a bus from Cork city or Waterford city.