Blue Flag Beaches

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Clogherhead beach is situated adjacent to the fishing village of Clogherhead in County Louth. It is home to an Irish Sailing Association school, Outdoor Education Centre and a Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboat - the Doris Bleasdale, a Mersey Class.

The headland affords uninterrupted views of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains 30km to the north and to Lambay Island 35km to the south. It is a popular location for all types of activities including, fishing, walking, sightseeing and water based activities. The beach has easy access to a long stretch of sand which are backed by dunes protected under the habitats directive. Clogherhead is located off the R166, south of Dundalk. This beach is lifeguarded during the bathing season (lifeguard times are posted on the information noticeboard at the beach).



Port beach is located a few short miles north of the fishing village of Clogherhead. It is a remote rural beach with wide sandy shores and a wide range of flora and fauna including the Marsh Orchid.

The beach is fronted by a mature dune area which is perfect for picnics. On a clear day the beach offers stunning views of the Mourne Mountains.

This beach is lifeguard patrolled during the bathing season (lifeguard patrol times are posted on the noticeboard at the beach).


Templetown / Shelling Hill

Templetown / Shelling Hill, called after the crusading "Knights Templar", fronts one of Louth's most popular stretch of coastline. Protected on each side by a low level rock promontory, its smooth safe sands extends its friendly playground to curious underwater marine life and to numerous local and day trippers. The sand and shingle beach faces southward and is manned by lifeguards during the bathing season (lifeguard patrol times are posted on the information noticeboard located at the beach).

The beach is located north of Dundalk towards the Ballymascanlon roundabout, at the roundabout take the exit for Carlingford and Greenore (R173).