Just what you need to cool down if you have been climbing nearby Croagh Patrick.
Bertra is a Blue Flag 2012 beach which we visited when it was wet and windy. Still, the water was good and the views across the bay to Achill island are impressive. The tide was in when we were there and the beach almost completely covered. The wade in was gradual but a bit stony underfoot.
We are sure it’s a completely different proposition when the sun is out, but even in the rain Bertra is a good swimming spot.
There is a decent sized car park, good toilets and a couple of picnic tables. There are both ramps and steps to access the beach so well done Mayo County Council. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.
Blue Flag beach
From Westport take the R335 toward Louisburgh. After you pass Murrisk and the car park for Croagh Patrick you will soon come to a right turn signposted for Bertra.
Ordnance Survey Map No. 30