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.