Overview

At the southern end of Strandhill’s main beach, the sand dunes give way to a wide tidal estuary, stretching all the way back to Ballysadare. Inside this estuary are the sweeping sandbanks of Culleenamore. If it’s peace and quiet you’re looking for, somewhere to jog or walk the dog under the watchful eye of Knocknarea, then this is your spot. Unlike Strandhill Beach, Culleenamore does not receive any ocean swell, so it is always calm. The tidal movement on this beach is remarkable, with sandbanks fully exposed at low tides and completely submerged only hours later.

On low tides, it is possible to see one of Ireland’s largest seal colonies relaxing on the central sandbanks.

History

Culleenamore is a known natural oyster bed that produces fine oysters. In fact, cultivation of oysters at Culleenamore is indeed very old. In the 18th and 19th century, the highly delectable Culleenamore oysters were a famous and sought after taste in London, Paris and even New York – more in our history section.

Directions

From the main beach, drive up the road, past the church on your right and continue up the hill. At the top of the hill, take a right and proceed out of the village. As you descend down a small hill, keep an eye open for your first right hand turn. This small road will lead you to the parking lot of Culleenamore beach. There is a fantastic walk around the mouth of the estuary which loops back to Strandhill.