A pictorial tour of my 2012 open water swimming locations

This post is now part the My Swimming Life, 2012 series.

I must start with the Guillamenes and Tramore Bay and Kilfarassey of course, my main swimming locations.  My usual range in Tramore Bay is between Newtown Head (under the pillars) to the beach, along the west side of the bay, most of the range seen in this first photo, with much less regular venturing across or out deep. (I also regularly leave the bay by passing around Great Newtown Head into Ronan’s Bay).

Tramore Bay

Tramore Bay, May 2012

Swimming range in Kilfarassey is mostly based around swimming out and around Brown’s island, Yellow Rock and the big arch. Once the water warms up I will up past Sheep Island.

Kilfarassey, August 2012

Kilfarassey to Sheep Island August 2012

Other locations on the Copper Coast: Bunmahon, Gararrus and Ballydowane. I didn’t, that I recall, swim at Kilmurrin, Ballyvooney or Stradbally this year. Funny how you just don’t make it to some places each year.

Tankardstown, past Bunmahon & to Tempevrick

Tankardstown, past Bunmahon (in behind the middle medium island) to Tempevrick

Ballydowane Cove across to St. John's island

Ballydowane Cove across to St. John’s island

Gararrus across to Sheep Island

Gararrus across to Sheep Island with Eagle Rock just visible behind

Clonea beach, but only a couple of times. I didn’t swim at Baile na Gall.

Clonea beach across Dungarvan Bay to Helvick Head, new Year's Day, 2013

Clonea beach across Dungarvan Bay, past Carricknamoan, to Helvick Head, New Year’s Day, 2013

Sandycove, Garrylucas, Ballycotton, Myrtleville and across Cork Harbour.

Sandycove panorama

Sandycove panorama, the first and fourth corners of the island to the Red House

Garrylucas, April 2012
Garrylucas, April 2012. Most boring photo of the year?
Ballycotton Lighthouse

Ballycotton Lighthouse

Myrtleville beach at dawn, Oct. 2012

Myrtleville beach at dawn, Oct. 2012

Roche's Point to Power Head

Roche’s Point to Power Head

Round Beginish Island, but I missed swimming at Derrynane, Finian’s Bay or Kells this year, which are usual Kerry locations for me most years.

Valentia Island and Sound panorama with Caherciveen bay and the small islands, July 2012

Valentia Island and Valentia Sound panorama, with Caherciveen bay and the small islands, July 2012

Kingsdale to Deal, Dover Harbour, and Cap Griz Nez.

Kingdale Beach

Evening on Kingdale Beach

Dover Harbour from Dover Castle, July 2012
Dover Harbour from Dover Castle, July 2012
Les Hennes to Cap Gris, July 2012, taken on one great day with good friends.

Wissant beach to Cap Gris nez, past the WWII bunkers, July 2012, taken on one great day with good friends.

Inishcarra, Coumshingaun and Bay Lough are the lakes I can recall swimming. First year not swimming in any of the Kerry lakes for a while.

Inishcarra reservoir

Inishcarra reservoir

Coumshingaun Lake panorama

Coumshingaun Lake panorama, Comeragh Mountains

Bay Lough
Bay Lough, Knockmealdown Mountians

And of course Coney Island’s Brighton Beach and Around Manhattan.

Brighton beach, Coney Island

Brighton beach, Coney Island

Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan

All photos are of course my own.

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8 thoughts on “A pictorial tour of my 2012 open water swimming locations

  1. Fantastic pictures, Donal. I can’t believe I have been following your blog for two years without actually being a member! Keep it up!

    • Thanks and a happy new year and successful blogging to you too. I never thought or think of anything I do on the blog as inspirational, so I almost catch myself looking around me, to see who is being spoken of, when someone says inspirational!

      For a variety of reasons, I’m struggling to write at the moment, so relying on images and some stuff in my queue.

    • Hey Lynn, the thought had crossed my mind about a year ago. I set out to take one for every month of the year, but I think the printing & shipping cost from Ireland might be offputting.

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