Blue Pool, Glengarriff
Glengarriff is a popular holiday destination on the Beara Peninsula. While the Peninsula is beautiful it is not full of sandy, attractive beaches so this is one of the better swimming locations in the area
Blue Pool nature park is in the middle of the town and is the access point for the ten minute ferry to nearby Garinish Island. On the way across you are likely to see the seals sunning themselves on the rocks. The island is well worth a visit to see its Italian style gardens.
The nature park contains wooded walks and a viewing point for the many seals who habitate in this area. The park is family friendly, with a play area and toilets.
The swimming spot has stone steps which lead you into the water. It seems to be one of the few access points around. The water is deep and fresh and if you’re lucky a seal might join you as you swim.
Glengarriff is on the N 71 between Bantry and Kenmare. The nature park is easily found as its in the middle of the town.
Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 85