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Arklow South Beach & Cove

Updated: Aug 25, 2022

Just a short walk from Arklow’s Town Centre, are Arklow South Beach and The Cove. On route you will pass through the busy working Harbour area where Ireland’s oldest RNLI Lifeboat Station, established 1826, lies on the South Quay dockside.

Embrace the fresh sea air and feel the soft sand between your toes on South Beach – a beach that has been ten times recipient in recent years of the prestigious Green Flag, awarded to beaches prized for their unspoiled and natural environment.

Towards the south end of the beach is a small sheltered and shallow, tide dependant, beach known as The Cove, which is ideal for families with small children who like to splash at the water’s edge. It is possible to drive to and park at The Cove - continue past South Beach along the road sandwiched between the shore and the Arklow Golf Club. Just before the Roadstone Quarry entrance, take the left entrance under the barrier.

Arklow South Beach is popular with anglers and water sports including kite surfing and kayaking, while The Cove is more suited to bathers.

Looking out to sea from here you notice the Arklow Bank Wind Park, the first offshore wind farm in Ireland and the world’s first commercial application of offshore wind turbines over 3 megawatts in size. It is located on the Arklow Bank, a shallow water sandbank in the Irish Sea, around 10km off the coast.


Lifeguard (South Beach): June to September

Car Park.

Picnic tables.

Litter Bins.

Nearest public toilets: South Beach


What’s Nearby:

Arklow Golf Club

Arklow Rock Walk

Nun’s Beach

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