Old Head beach (Blue flag status) For a picturesque beach, Ireland offers very few to beat Old Head, 16 km (10 miles) west of Westport. Overlooked by a woodland to the west and Croagh Patrick to the south and east, this Blue Flag beach has beautiful rock-pools that are exposed when the tide is out. The beach is sheltered from the south and west and is therefore well-suited for swimming. Lifeguards are on duty through the summer months, the beach is accessible for wheelchairs, as are the toilets. There is a pier at the western end of the beach, sheltering a small anchorage popular with local sailors and fishermen. Ice cream van in the summer!