The Trail Map:- OSI Map Series 16
Streedagh Strand is an impressive 3km long sandy beach located on the north western shore of a sandbar linking Streedagh Point to an area known as Connor’s Island. This is an exposed beach with reef breaks which create ideal surfing conditions all year round.
This linear coastal route takes the walker along a narrow strip of Atlantic coastline and provides access to various rocks embedded with fossils as well as the famous Spanish Armada shipwreck site.
Did you know?
Three ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked on Streedagh Beach in 1588. The Armada set sail to dethrone Elizabeth I, the Protestant Queen of England. However the Spanish lost the decisive naval battle at Gravelines in the English Channel, and the fleet sailed northwards rounding Scotland and Ireland in the hope of returning to Spain. The ships encountered a ferocious Atlantic storm, however, and up to 26 were wrecked off the Irish coast. These included three at Streedagh, where an estimated 1,100 Spaniards were lost to the sea. However, some survived through a mixture of good fortune and assistance from some of the Irish chieftains of the area. Captain De Cuéllar’s account of his experience of these events is an extremely significant piece of social history and his epic journey back to his homeland is commemorated to this day as part of Remembering the Armada, an annual commemorative festival held in Grange each September.
The carboniferous limestone rocks at Streedagh contain many species of fossil coral. Zaphrentis are particularly common here, formed about four hundred million years ago