Swimming in Europe: Blue Flag locations ranked and mapped

The Guardian published this map a few weeks ago.  According to them it’s “every location”, so of course I went to my usual locations and discover neither Sandycove nor the Guillamene is marked. So this applies only to locations that are entered for the European Blue Flag scheme. But it’s still useful. You’ll have to visit…

Swimming the Copper Coast (Metalman to Ballydowane)

Kilfarassy to Metalman About 5 KM. Nice swim but only one other safe entry/exit point. Should only be swum on correct tide due to tide stream. Kilmurrin Cove to Dunbrattin Kilmurrin Cove is a small horseshoe cove about two miles from Bunmahon. It’s safe to swim in the cove but there are strong rip currents…

Swimming the Copper Coast

Dunmore East A small cove with beach on the west side of the estuary. Very sheltered on southerly storms. Sewage is occasionally discharged directly into the cove here. Currents are safe to swim between beach and harbour or intermediate points like lady’s Cove. Local tri-athlete clubs train here on Monday nights. Tramore Beach 5-mile long…

Tramore, my main swimming location

Most of my lone swimming is at: Tramore Bay, Guillamenes and Newtown Cove. The Guillamenes is the best County Waterford open-water swimming spot. It is located about 2 miles outside of Tramore town, down the steps at the bottom of a 40 foot cliff on the West side of the bay, about 1000 metres before…