Best Beaches in Dublin?

With the weather finally starting to look like summer has arrived, David, takes a look at some of the beaches in Dublin and the surrounding areas. 

Dollymount Beach, Bull Island


Located just 6km from the City Centre, Dollymount Beach, is located on Bull Island and is well known to many Dubliners.  The beach is very popular for joggers and walkers, some accompanied by their dogs. The wildlife reserve status of the island means that dogs must be kept under control by their owners.

Wind permitting, the beach is used for kitesurfing and there is a vibrant community of kite surfers that frequent the beach almost all year round.

How to get there?
Take the No. 130 bus out to Castle Avenue and walk across the wooden bridge. Travel time: 45 mins.

Sandycove, Dun Laoghaire


Sandycove beach is a tiny, sandy beach which is very popular with young families, as it offers shallow water to paddle, perfect sand to play, lovely rocks to climb on and gorgeous views to admire. Nearby, you can find the famous Forty Foot, the traditional Irish bathing place, where – if you are brave and tough enough – you can have a dip all year round. The great advantage of the Forty Foot is its depth, so you can always jump in even at low tide. It’s a great place to swim, with its clean, deep waters.

How to get there? 
Take the Dart, heading towards Greystones, and get off at Sandycove & Glasthule Dart Station, from there it’s a 10 minute walk to the Forty Foot, and another 5 minutes from there to Sandycove beach. Travel time: 45 mins.

Sandymount Strand, Sandymount


Depending on the tides, visitors will either have very little beach to walk on, or far too much. Stretching for approximately 1 kilometre along the Strand Road, Sandymount Strand is a popular walking place and provides outstanding views from Poolbeg to Dun Laoghaire.

A large, flat beach, Sandymount is not great for swimming as its gradual slopes make the water too shallow to swim near the shoreline, but it is perfect for long strolls away from the bustling city.

How to get there?
Take the No. 47 bus out from outside Trinity College to Seapoint Avenue and walk for about 5 minutes out to the coast. Travel time: 25 mins.

Balcarrick Beach, Donabate


Balcarrick beach is located in Donabate, approximately 22km from Dublin City Centre in Fingal, North County Dublin. It is a long sandy beach, 3.4 km’s in length, consisting of a large sandy dune area, which has formed over the last 25-30 years. It is a popular swimming beach, known for it’s sandy dunes. Public toilets and a lifeguard station incorporating a First Aid Station are provided at the beach.

How to get there? 
The beach is about a 20-minute walk from Donabate Village which is served by the train station located in the centre of the town and connects it to Dublin City Centre. There are a number of pedestrian accesses to the beach. Travel time: 70 mins.

Velvet Strand, Portmarnock


Cited by many as the best beach in Dublin, Portmarnock Beach, known locally as the ‘Velvet Strand’, is a wide strand of beautifully, clean sandy beach located in Portmarnock, North County Dublin. Running 8km long, Velvet Strand stretches all the way to Baldoyle and adjoins Malahide Beach. It has a lovely view of the Dublin Mountains and Howth Harbour. If you have a sunny afternoon free, this beach is definitely worth the trip.

How to get there?
Take the Dart, heading towards Howth, and get off at Sutton Cross Dart Station, from there you can take the No. 102 Bus (heading to the airport) to Portmarnock Village and the beach is a 20 minute walk from there. Travel Time: 60 mins.

Seapoint Beach, Dun Laoghaire 


Seapoint beach, close to the city centre, consists mainly of large rocks and sand. It is located near Dun Laoghaire in South County Dublin. The beach is flat and shallow and the area is suitable for swimming at high tide. Beside the beach is the Seapoint Martello Tower, this was part of a network of 28 sites that were built to defend Dublin from Napoleonic invasion in the early nineteenth century and is a protected structure.

How to get there?
Take the Dart, heading towards Bray, and get off at Seapoint Dart Station, from there it is a 5 minute walk to the beach front.  Travel time: 25 mins.

Brittas Bay, County Wicklow


Brittas Bay is one of the finest beaches on the east coast of Ireland. Located south of Dublin, in county Wicklow, Brittas Bay has a 5km stretch of beautiful white sand dunes and clean beaches.

This beach has won a European Union Blue Flag for five consecutive years. With no headlands to interfere with the peaceful rhythm, it is ideal for bathing, sailing and walking. Brittas has a 3.2km stretch of powdery sand and sand dune system which is a designated area of significant interest.

How to get there? 
Take the train from Tara Street Station to Wicklow Town Station. From there, you can either walk, bus or even get a taxi to the beach. Travel time: 2 hours.

David  is a marketing intern working with the Global Relations team, and is a current student of Trinity College Dublin.


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