I went to Fanore beach as part of a project. The Geoparks Life Universal Access Programme in partnership with the Streetwise Programme, Brothers of Charity, Ennis for the National Parks. I was gathering information about sites and giving my input on the experience from the perspective of a person with a disability. My first impression was it was lovely. It was a nice day and you could see the Aran Islands and Connemara clearly. I liked it because I love North Clare and it was sort of my home place, in my Parish. I have been to Fanore beach once before. The beach is very sandy, and it has a blue flag so you can swim there, but be careful of Dusty the dolphin. There is a path down to a viewing area. It was fantastic. The path down to the beach is a bit narrow and steep you have to be able bodied and very careful to walk down. Tony Kirby from ‘Heart of the Burren Walks’ was our guide for the day and he gave us information about Fanore beach, plants and animals there and the local community.
I would go there again and recommend it to other people but I think a couple of things that could be improved. There should be a wall or a fence along the path to the dunes because it was like a little cliff and you could get hurt. I also think there should be someone at the life guard booth at all times, just in case.
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