Old Head is a popular beach located just outside Louisburgh.
The beach is long, narrow and sandy. It’s protected by cliffs, with an attractive old style harbour at one end. The water here is clear and it’s sandy underfoot. This is a good spot for kids as it doesn’t get deep too quickly. As you swim you have lovely views across the water to Croagh Patrick. Indeed, this is a good place to come and refresh yourself after your climb.
The beach itself is well maintained and there is ample car parking and toilets. There’s also a nice campsite nearby and Louisburgh is just a mile away.
Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.
Blue Flag Beach 2012.
From Westport you take the R335 and drive along this coast road past the impressive slopes of Croagh Patrick. Before you get to Louisburgh you will see a right turn signposted for Old Head, follow this and it will lead you the beach.
Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 30