Stradbally Cove

Outline Geosite Description
Low cliffs beside the sandy beach on the western side of Stradbally Cove.

Geological System/Age and Primary Rock Type
Ordovician sedimentary rocks such as slates and mudstones are intruded by thin units of volcanic rocks like andesite.

Main Geological or Geomorphological Interest
There are indications the sediments were still wet or only partially consolidated when the lavas were injected into them and so there is disturbance of the sediments. Some later minor faults are seen by their associated veins of white quartz. Other sedimentary features provide evidence of earthquakes and quiet periods in between.

There is also a lime kiln here for use with coal and limestone brought in by boat.

Site Importance
The site is part of the complex of sites along the Copper Coast, which collectively are of national importance and which are already part of a proposed NHA (Ballyvoyle Head to Tramore No 1693).

Access and Safety
The beach access allows easy and safe access to the rocks. The Copper Coast Geopark has emplaced some picnic seats and a table made of stone, and explanatory signboards.

About Copper Coast Geopark

The Copper Coast Geopark is in Co. Waterford, Ireland and is an outdoor museum of geological records; it stretches along the coast from Kilfarassy Beach, near Fenor in the east to Ballyvoile Beach near Stradbally to the west. Volcanoes, oceans, deserts and ice sheets all combined to create the rocks which provide the physical foundation of the natural and cultural landscapes of the area. Follow the self-guided "Copper Coast" trail and walking cards available from the The Copper Coast Geopark Centre in Bunmahon.

Please respect our Geology and Nature; leave them with us, take just memories away.

Contact Information

Copper Coast Geopark Ltd.
Co. Waterford,
X42 T923

Phone: +353(0)51292828


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