One of the closest beaches to the city centre, only a few minutes away via the DART, Sandymount was made famous by the Irish author James Joyce’s book ‘Ulysses’. 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 a lovely and long promenade. With a wide expanse of sand, depending on the tide, you may be walking for a 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 one of the most famous places to go swimming in Dublin and is well known for its bathing area the ‘Forty Foot’, (formerly gentlemen only). This remains a popular bathing place and since the late 20th century it is now open to all. If you’re in Dublin at Christmas, this is the place to go and brave a jump with hundreds of locals, usually dressed as Santa Clauses!
Killiney Beach’s most famous resident is Bono from music band U2, who has a home in the area. A Blue Flag beach year, its sweeping strand has been compared to the Bay of Naples. Make sure to check out White Rock; a small sandy beach that offers safe swimming and is suitable for families. The historic Vico Baths are located by the beach offering a place to get changed and a safe bathing area.