A favourite with anglers, Clones beach is just a hop and a skip from the village of Castletown. A two-mile stretch of sand and shingle, it’s got Kilmichael Point to the north and Ballymoney to the south.
A slightly quieter alternative to Courtown and Old Bawn to the south, Clones has stunning views of its own. It’s not as sandy as its counterparts, but has a charm all of its own, including the narrow winding roads you travel to get here. Well worth the effort!This is a hidden-away little gem, nicely sheltered, and a haven of quietness. You’ll find families and couples here, all enjoying the unspoilt beach and surrounds. The kids will enjoy looking for sea shells and the beach is renowned for its unusual sea stones and pebbles – hours of fun while you take in the rays!
Images courtesy of Deirdre O Flynn
Nearest walk: Kilpatrick Beach cliff walk to Kilmichael Point. There’s also a route slightly more inland through sand dunes. The coastguard station at Kilmichael Point dates from the late 19th century.
If it’s raining: Wexford Lavender Farm,
Nearest golf course: Ballymoney Golf Club
Nearest accommodation: Hotels in Ballymoney, Courtown, Gorey. Caravan Parks locally too.