Last Updated: 30th March, 2019Barleycove area has a large sandy beach backed by sand dunes. The sand dunes were thrown up in the tidal wave that swept Europe after the earthquake in Lisbon in 1755. Today they have been partially eroded but they are protected like much of the coast round this area as European designated Special Areas of Conservation. The road goes to the east of the beach across a causeway bisecting Lissagriffin Lakes and at the T-junction you turn left to Mizen Head. It is a great beach area for all the family and those looking for water sports in West Cork.
Barleycove is close for Crookhaven and Golleen, Ballydehob and Schull from where you can take a ferry out to visit some of the Islands off West Cork such as Cape Clear and from Baltimore up further you can explore the Islands such as Sherkin Island and Heir Island.