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).
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.
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.
Clonea beach, but only a couple of times. I didn’t swim at Baile na Gall.
Sandycove, Garrylucas, Ballycotton, Myrtleville and across Cork Harbour.
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.
Kingsdale to Deal, Dover Harbour, and Cap Griz Nez.
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.
And of course Coney Island’s Brighton Beach and Around Manhattan.
All photos are of course my own.
- Swimming 2012 – the pictorial tour continues – Runners-up (loneswimmer.com)
8 thoughts on “A pictorial tour of my 2012 open water swimming locations”
Fantastic pictures, Donal. I can’t believe I have been following your blog for two years without actually being a member! Keep it up!
Inspirational round-up. Hope you have a great 2013 and enjoy familiar and new waters.
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.
Looking forward to swimming a couple of these when I get back!
Very nice! You could do a lovely calendar with those gorgeous shots!!!
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.
Love the blog. Some really good posts.
I swam 23 mile Loch Lomond last year as part of the BLDSA swim and also trying to help further this sport:
Keep it coming!