Portarlington ‘Costa Del Sod’ / ‘Bog Beach’

by | 21 Sep 2013 | Laois


September 2013

We are told that this man made lake, just outside Portarlington, is known locally by the wonderful name of ‘ Costa Del Sod’ or ‘The Bog Beach’. And set right in the heart of a vast bog land area it certainly is.

Notwithstanding that, we had a lovely swim in the soft dark waters. We were quickly into and out of our depth, so be careful. As for all lakes, as you can’t see whats underneath, no jumping or diving.

The lake has a nice sandy area alongside it as well as ample green space, so it seems to be a good location for families. The lake is used also by a local fishing club.

Be prepared for a ten minute walk from the car park through a forest path. It’s accessible for buggies but not wheelchairs.

Well done to Bord Na Mona for providing this attractive amenity.

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Directions : Portarlington can be accessed from the M7 motorway at exit 14. Take the R424 then R420 to the town. In the town get onto the R419 for Edenderry. A couple of kilometres outside the town you come to a railway crossing with a parking area to the left. From here you take the pathway to the right with a barrier and a sign for Portarlington angling club. A ten minute stroll will take you to the lake

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  1. Anonymous

    Can I bring my Siberian husky on leash of course

  2. David

    Surprisingly pleasant swim. Anyone close to Portarlington should check it out, dont leave it till its too sunny and you’re worrying about non-Swimmers. Yes you do need to be able to swim if you’re even thinking of stepping in. Moved to Kildare recently so great to experience wild swimming close by as an alternative to Dublin


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