Barleycove is one of the nicest beaches in West Cork and it’s a fine place to swim.
The beach’s wide expanse of sand is surrounded by cliffs at either end. The water here is clear, fresh and wavy. It looks like a good place for surfers.
The beach itself is fairly open , although there are rocks and a cove at one end for shelter. A windbreak will be handy if you are planning to make a day of it. There is plenty of room for children to play both on the beach and in the grassy dunes at the back.
Blue Flag beach 2012.
We think there are lifeguards in the summer months, although none was there mid week in June- check with Cork County Council. In any event do take notice of the rip current sign at the far end and be careful.
Access to the beach is about a 5-10 minute walk from the good sized car park, across a board walk and a rubbery, bumpy pontoon. It’s not wheelchair accessible and bringing a buggy will be difficult.
The car park has portaloos, a water tap and a cold, outdoor shower.
From Bantry you take the N71 toward Skibbereen. Outside the town you take a right turn onto the R591. Follow this all the way through Goleen and when the road swings left to Crookhaven , you take a right toward Mizen Head. The car park is a few kilometres beyond this point and is well signposted.
Ordnance Survey Map. No. 88