Rocks or Blood?
There is an online website that provides historical copies of children’s school essays from nearby Ardfield National School, which relates a lot of the local folklore of the Ardfield area. In the C20th, this has helped to capture a lot of the local legends and stories still known to the older generation. One boy relates the story on how Red Strand got it’s name, from a big fight or battle. There are also stories relating to the old castles that used to occupy the peninsulas, so it is possible the beach was a place for a number of skirmishes. However, from a geologist’s perspective, it could equally be the colour of the sand. It is not entirely red, but a warmer orange-brown in the sunlight, which distinguishes Red Strand from the white beaches of nearby Inchydoney.
A Popular Family-Friendly Beach
Red Strand sits in a small bay between Dunowen Head in the east and Galley Head in the west. At low tide, it provides a beautiful flat sandy beach, ideal for ball games, walking the dog or a family day out. The shallow sea makes it safe for bathing and surfing beginners. The nearby Dunowen stables can provide horse rides on the beach. This makes the beach highly popular in the height of summer. Even out of season, the beach provides great sunset views and photography towards the Galley Head lighthouse.
Rocks and Rock Pools at the western end of Red StrandRed Strand is about 15 minutes walk from Ballynoe House along the coast road, or two minutes by car.