Curracloe Beach, Co. Wexford

On my holiday in July I traveled to scenic County Wexford, to the southeast cost which is Ireland`s sunniest region.

The first place I visited was delightful village of Curracloe (Irish: Currach Cló, meaning “marsh of the impression”).

The village is linked to the long and sandy Curracloe Beach which is one of the most beautiful and popular beaches in Ireland.

Curracloe Beach has been named Ireland’s best beach by readers of the Sunday Independent.

In August of last year Curracloe was named one of Ireland’s cleanest beaches following a survey carried out by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL).

Curracloe Beach is a 7-mile-long beach (over 11km), famous for its beautiful white and soft sand, which puts it in contrast with many of the stony beaches that you will find around Ireland. The beach is guarded by a number of large and sprawling dunes, all of which are held together and stabilised by a seemingly-endless blanket of green marram grass.

This beautiful beach has an easterly aspect overlooking Wexford Bay and the Irish Sea and is bordered on the west by a line of sand hills of dunes, where during the warm season various plants bloom in the most dazzling colours.

And is regularly awarded Blue Flag status. Blue Flag certification is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), serves as a notice to beach-goers that the area and its surrounding waters have lived up to a number of strict regulatory standards.

Curracloe Strand has three separate access points along its length and the sections of the beach are named after these. From north to south there is Ballinesker, White Gap and Culletons Gap. White Gap being the largest and Culletons Gap is bordered by the Raven Nature Reserve and forestry. These all have wooden boardwalks running from car parks down to the beach with Ballinesker accessible in a wheelchair.

The beach has featured in a Hollywood movies. Ballinesker Beach and Curracloe Strand, Ballinesker, were used for the filming of the D-Day sequence in Saving Private Ryan, due to similarity to Omaha Beach in Normandy. Filming began 27 June 1997, and lasted for two months. Curracloe Strand was also used for the Irish beach scene in the movie Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan.

During the summer months, the beach is very busy. Car park full so the best is to come in the morning, parking facilities with no charge. But the beach is so large it was in no way overcrowded, it goes on for miles.

There was also Coffee Shop serving ice-creams, home-baked treats and stone-baked pizza.

Weather was gorgeous on the day I went there. Amazing views. I enjoyed very much the long walk through the beach.

The beach in itself was unreal. Lots of beautiful rocks and shells washed up. The sand was super soft and clean and very clear water. Also a lot of crabs I’ve seen.

The south of the Curracloe Beach frames the Raven Wood Nature Reserve and this is something amazing – you can be in the wood and see and hear the sea in the same time.

On the entrance to the beach in Curracloe village there is “the cutest” cottage I`ve ever seen.

Location of Curracloe Beach:

Below my photos taken in July 2021.


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