The 49 Steps - Youghal

The 49 Steps - Youghal

"My Mum always called this area the 49 Steps, I'm not sure of its real name, if it has one. It's the closest beach to 3 and 4 Clifton, but only a beach when the tide is out. Access is via the steps at the side of the Lighthouse, and you may then have to scramble over the rocks if the tide in not fully out (The original 49 step staircase is now blocked off).

The rocks and rock-pools frame the sandy areas and protect from any breeze,  making this a suntrap in the mornings. Each section between the rocks makes a lovely beach for kids to play upon, with numerous rocks to clamber over and rock pools to explore. Untouched muscles, limpets and perriwinkles and other shell fish crowd the pools. Take care of course, and watch the returning tide. But you'll always be able to scramble back to the steps.

The steps and rocks make this area unsuitable for buggies and those unsteady on their feet - but great fun for everyone else. This area is great for paddling, but take care when swimming. Stay within your own depth, and don't strike out far away from shore as the currents can be strong away from the immediate shoreline.

At low tide its usually possible to reach this area by walking around the headland from Youghal Strand or along the low tide beach from Green Park." - Martin



  • Addresses
    • 49 Steps, beside the Lighthouse, Youghal
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