32 great outdoor swimming spots in Ireland – one in each county
Last name: Arcadia Beach (formerly known as Ladies Beach)
Location: Google Map: Arcadia Beach, Portrush
Brief description: Small beach in front of the town of Portrush
Approvals: Toilets, parking (in town)
Water quality: Excellent – Essays on Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs 2020
Advice: Can be wild in winter. When the tide is full, there is no beach. For a 2 mile swim (this course is the East the Beast run), swim and turn right to swim parallel to the larger East Strand, around the buoys and back.
Last name: Cam Lough
Location: Google map: 83 Newtown Road, Camlough
Brief description: Large disused reservoir and lake in a steep valley between Camlough Mountain and Slieve Gullion. Also called ‘Twisted Lake’ for its ribbon shape which acts like a wind funnel, giving it more predictable and calmer conditions than Lough Neagh
Approvals: Toilets, parking
Water quality: Good. Its aquatic flora and fauna depend on unpolluted water, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Advice: Well-organized swimming areas with orange and white buoys range from a 75m to 750m course. There is also a convenient 25m lane swimming pool for laps.