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Blue Flag Beaches

Within a 10/20 minute drive from ‘Harbour View Westport’ there is a choice of three Blue Flag beaches. One of the best beaches in Ireland for walking and bird-watching, as well as kite-surfing and windsurfing is Bertra beach. Bertra beach is located near Croagh Patrick, 7 miles outside Westport town on the Louisburgh Road (R335). Walk along the wide strand, on a mixture of sandy or occasionally rocky stretches, or along the sometimes narrow paths in the dunes. This Blue Flag beach has a lifeguard in the summer months, and there are toilets. The northeastern point of the beach, farthest away from the carpark, is a popular spot for shore-angling.

Continue along for another 3 miles brings you to Old Head beach. A picturesque beach overlooked by a woodland to the west and Croagh Patrick to the south and east, this beach has beautiful rock-pools that are exposed when the tide is out. Lifeguards are on duty through the summer months, and there are toilets. There is a pier at the western end of the beach, sheltering a small anchorage popular with local sailors and fishermen.

Near Louisburgh, 16 miles west of Westport, lies Carrowmore beach, overlooked by cliffs where various seabirds nest. There are lifeguards in the summer, and there are toilets. There is a pier at the west end of this Blue Flag beach, while the eastern border is the mouth of the Bunowen River.

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