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Courtown and the surrounding area is blessed with fabulous long sandy beaches stretching from Kilpatrick beach which is north of Courtown and should you drive down the coast road from Courtown to Wexford you will come across a plethora of beaches for you to chose from. Here is some information about some of the many beaches in the vicinity.
Courtown Beach (North)
This beach has been a firm favourite with tourists since the turn of the century, and today is extremely popular with families, walkers, water sports and the sun seekers. The beach has a borough along side it which contains ideal spots for picnics and lovely woodlands for walking. The beach also has a lifeguard station.
Courtown Beach (South)
The South Beach of Courtown is a much smaller beach than the north beach, but is close by so also benefits from the village amenities. It is a quieter and more tranquil beach so should you wish to get away to a quiet spot and chill out, this is the beach to visit. It is not however suitable for swimming.
Beaches North of Courtown
Dodds Rocks: Heading northwards from Courtown you will find Dodds Rocks, a beach named after Captain Dodd. You can access it from Courtown - Ballymoney road. On a good day you can walk to Dodds Rocks from Courtown Beach which makes for a really energising walk. The beach is one of the biggest along the coast and well worth a visit.
Saleen: This beach is situated half a mile from the Kildermot Crossroads. There is a long lane from the Coastal road to the beach. This lane can be narrow and overgrown in parts, but leads to a lovely unobstructed sandy beach, which is surrounded by caves which are well worth a visit.
Ballymoney (South) : - This is a small beach but can be a quiet get-away from the busy North Beach and Clones Strand. It has a shop and toilet at its entrance, a small stream to paddle for the kids although it is not suitable for bathing in; as well as rocks and lovely sand which is ideal for sunbathing.
Ballymoney (North) : - From the southern beach there is a good size lane over the rocks connecting it to the northern beach. Once there, you will understand its popularity. This beach has a lifeguard station and other amenities including toilets and has also received a water quality award.
Clones Strand: This is a fabulous beach which serves the village of Castletown. It is hugely popular with the holiday makers in the nearby holiday homes and caravan parks.
Kilmichael Strand: This is quite a long beach located after Clones Strand. Its most notable feature is the borough which runs along side it which is made up of mini hills and valleys. This beach is also a very popular spot for fishermen with a lot of good vantage points among the rocks.
Kilpatrick Beach : The beach is not well sign-posted, but it can be found next to Kilmichael Strand. Here there are acres of soft sandy dunes ideal for a picnic. The beach is renowned for its very rare sea shells and unusual sea stones and pebbles.
Beaches South of Courtown
Ardamine Beach : As you head more south around the rocks from Courtown's South Beach you will find the long sandy beach of Ardamine. At the curve in the beach, built up sand has created a shallow, stoneless sandbank, where the waves break early before reaching the beach – it is a great spot for the kids.
Poulshone : After heading more South from Ardamine you will find Poulshone beach hidden between the rocks. It has a natural shelter which ensures calm waters. There is also a lovely cliff top walk from which you can see most of the coast line. It is also possible to travel to the next beach, Roney Point from here, although ramblers are asked to be aware of the dangers of getting too close to the cliff's edge.
Roney Point : The most famous residents of this beach live on the little island just off Roney Point - a family of seals! While occasionally one of these inhabitants can be seen popping their heads up off Courtown, a trip to Roney Point is essential to be sure to catch a glimpse of them.