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New Quay & the Flaggy Shore/Ireland

Introducing New Quay & the Flaggy Shore

New Quay (Ceibh Nua), on the Finavarra Peninsula, is a quiet and rather bucolic break from the rocky rigours of the Burren. It's about 1km off the Kinvara–Ballyvaughan road (N67) and is reached by turning off at Ballyvelaghan Lough 3km north of Bell Harbour.

The Flaggy Shore, west of New Quay, is a particularly fine stretch of coastline where limestone terraces step down to the sea. The road hugs the shoreline then curves south past Lough Muirí, where you're likely to see a number of wading birds, as well as swans. There are said to be otters in the area. At a T-junction just past the lough, a right turn leads to a rather dingy-looking Martello tower on Finavarra Point, a relic of the paranoia over the Napoleonic threat.

Walks in this area are excellent and you can ponder the dramatic changes in the ever-tidal inlets.