Old Head is a Blue Flag beach that’s ideal for swimming. It is sheltered by woodland to the west and Croagh Patrick overlooks it from the east and the south so you know you’ll get a picture postcard shot when visiting Old Head.
Rock pools become exposed when the tide goes out and local fishermen and sailors hang out at the pier on the western side of the beach.
Because of its uniqueness in representing the extreme development of Atlantic oakwood, the beach is of international botanical, ornithological and zoological importance.
That said; Old Head is also a firm favourite with local families as it has more in common with Spain’s Costa Brava than it does with the rugged coastline of the wild Atlantic.
Distance from Louisburgh to Old Head: 3.3kms
Carrowniskey Strand is a beautiful 4km stretch of sandy beach in south Mayo. Widely known for its surf, this beach has been making big waves when it comes to the number of visitors that take to its shores every year.
It’s a busy spot with families, walkers, surfers, horse racers and swimmers but there is always enough space for everyone to enjoy this natural beauty.
Distance from Louisburgh to Carrowniskey Strand: 4kms
If you’re looking for a beach in Mayo that’s a little off the beaten track but stunningly beautiful, Silver Strand is your best option. It’s not as large as some of the other beaches in Mayo but it’s easily one of the most picturesque in the county.
Silver Strand is sheltered and offers amazing views of Inishturk, Clare Island and Inishbofin. It’s very popular with swimmers and do try and visit around sunset so you can truly appreciate your surroundings.
Distance from Louisburgh to Silver Strand: 15kms
Offering a broad sandy beach that’s extremely popular with swimmers, walkers and families, Carrowmore Beach received the International Blue Flag award for 2016.
Much of the beach is set between rocky outcrops in a small bay and the surface area is low and flat with windswept land plains.
Flora and fauna flourish at Carrowmore Beach so expect to see a habitat that’s rich in plants and different kinds of insects and birds.
Distance from Louisburgh to Carrowmore Beach: 1.7km