Ballydowane Bay is located on Waterford’s ‘Copper Coast’ ( the name comes from the copper mines said to be located at its heart), which is renowned for its geological make up and cliff formations. The beach here is surrounded by impressive reddish brown cliffs and is well sheltered.
The beach itself is stony and not a place for kids who want soft sand to play in. There are, however, a number of rock pools for young and old to explore.
Before swimming here take notice of the sign in the car park which warns you of ripple currents. SO BE CAREFUL.
There is a gradual wade in to the water and it is sandy underfoot. When we swam here the water wasn’t clear but that doesn’t tell you anything about its cleanliness. Overall, not a great swimming spot but interesting for its geology and its impressive cliffs.
From Dungarvan take the R 675 toward Tramore. Follow this road and then take the right turn off it for Stradbally. As you come into Stradbally you then take the right turn signposted for Ballyvooney. After a few kilometres on this road you will come to a right turn signposted for Ballydowane Bay.
Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 44