Louth’s gorgeous Blue Flag beaches are ready to welcome visitors this summer, with lifeguards now on duty. Under new guidelines, however, dogs and horses are not allowed on the beaches between 11am and 7pm during the summer bathing season.
hile the county has over 70km of coastline with spectacular views that attract thousands of visitors, both tourists and locals, Louth County Council has designated bathing areas in three areas of the county.
These are Shellinghill/Templetown on the Cooley peninsula, Port Beach, in mid-Louth and Clogherhead Beach, South Louth
These 3 Blue Flag Beaches have been risk assessed for safety and Beach Lifeguards will patrol the designated areas during the summer period from 11am to 6pm during weekends in June and September and from 1am to6pm daily in July and August.
In addition, Louth is one eight counties where blue flag beaches are off-limits to dogwalkers and for horse riding for the summer season.
The restrictions on the blue flag beaches will mean no dog walking or trekking will be allowed between 11am and 7pm during the bathing season which runs from 1 June until 15 September.
The exception will be for guide dogs and assistance dogs.