On The QT

Goat’s Island

Summer months are filled with laughter, exploration and exciting adventures. This is what our next QT spot is all about, a little gem filled with discovery. Just between Youghal, Co. Cork and Ardmore, Co. Waterford lies a lovely local treasure called Goat’s Island.  This little inlet is one that is a popular local attraction, with many locals swimming here each morning right throughout the winter months. If you are a lover a walking, Goat’s Island is situated in the perfect location for a day time stroll. (QT Directions: take the windy, scenic trail to Goat’s Island. Take the unsigned road opposite the Round Tower. Follow this country grass filled road until you reach a junction and take the first left (which is signposted for Goat Island, beach and rock fishing)). Follow on down the windy lane with the amazing sea view to your left and beautiful wooden style cottage on your right until you reach the sandy cove at Goat’s Island.

OnTheQT stumbled upon this little gem recently while exploring Ardmore. A local recommended which we paid a visit to  and it turned into one of our favourite beaches in Waterford as a result(Thanks for the local tip guys!). With the tide out, the sandy beach allows for some abseiling and rock climbing with an outdoor adventure business on the main street in Ardmore called Ardmore Adventures, while also allowing for some great sand castle making with the little kids! As the tide comes in, it opens up another local thing to do in Goat’s Island…cliff jumping! As you will discover when the tide comes in, it is a local favourite to climb the rocks and jump off. The screams, laughter and joy is one that is great to watch, even if it is a bit too adventurous for yourself. A local favourite and a lot of fun(if you have the courage)! OnTheQT also noticed that the rocks are a popular place for the spot of fishing also. Maybe we just found you guys a new fishing spot!

Some people love  swimming in the sea, some love a spot of rock fishing, abseiling or even simply relaxing on the beach but a little extra thing that is offered near this QT spot is art classes overlooking the beautiful Goat’s Island by a wonderful artist Brenda Harris (www.brendaharris.ie) On holidays, people like to try something different so why not try an art class and explore your creative side with the outstanding artist Brenda Harris. The best way to sum up Goat’s Island on a sunny afternoon is a location that is filled with happy faces enjoying their little bit of heaven. Whether you are looking for some peace and quiet, somewhere to occupy the kids or even a little adventure for yourself…Goat’s Island is a great choice for a QT day out!


Top things to do in Goat’s Island:

  1. Swimming in the sheltered inlet
  2. Rock Fishing
  3. Rock climbing/Abseiling with Ardmore Adventures
  4. Cliff Jumping(a local favourite)
  5. Painting class with Brenda Harris

1 Comment

  1. I love this place. Always try to visit here every time I’m over. Never realised that there are caves further out! The tides is always in when we visit. Role on new years day. Lovely walk last year…or was it this year??

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