Going to the beach might not be the first thought you have when planning your Dublin holiday, but you will surely be missing out if you don’t include one of Dublin’s beaches in your holiday plan!
One of the closest beaches to the city centre, only a few minutes on Dart, Sandymount is well known from James Joyce’s Ulysses. About halfway along the strand is the Sandymount Martello tower, part of a system of defences built to warn of an invasion by Napoleon. This is gorgeous and very long promenade – depending on the tide you might be walking for a good while to dip your toes into the water
Sandycove is a popular seaside resort, situated just south-east of Dún Laoghaire, and north-west of Dalkey. It is well known for its (formerly) gentlemen's bathing place, the Forty Foot, which in the past afforded a quiet swimming haven for males only. This remains a popular bathing place but since the late 20th century, mixed bathing is permissible. If you are in Dublin on Christmas, this is the place to go and brave a jump with hundreds of others, usually dressed as Santa Clauses!
Killiney Beach, Bono’s backyard kept its Blue Flag this year, and little wonder – the sweeping strand has been compared to the Bay of Naples. Make sure to check out White rock - At low water, this sandy niche appears a mere appendage to the bigger beach, but at high tide, it really comes into its own. Cut off from the rest of the beach, the rest of the world, it turns into a retreat for body and soul.
Dublin splash tour
Don’t you want to dress up like Viking and roar as you tour Dublin? This is a perfect way to see Dublin, tour guides are great fun and your kids will love their Viking hats!
Dollymount Strand, Clontarf
Come here for a mix of kite surfers and rare birds from the nearby sanctuary. Lovely, 5km long stretch of the beach is linked by a wooden bridge from Clontarf. Dollymount area is mainly residential while Clontarf packs restaurants, bars and a lot of trendy spots for your post- beach relaxation
Velvet Strand, Portmarnock
Velvet Strand’s vast expanses of smooth sand makes it the perfect play surface, whatever your beach pastime of choice. When you’re tired of the games, tuck into a picnic spot with superb views of Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island.