Best Dublin Beaches

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Best Dublin Beaches

Enjoy an ice-cream with a sea view or feel the sand between your toes and experience another view of Dublin with a daybreak to the beach. Plan a walk on the beach or a swim in the sea, take in a sunset or relax with a coastal reset as part of your holiday plan. 

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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

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.


Dollymount Strand, Clontarf

In just a 10 minute train ride from Dublin City you can be on Dollymount beach (“Dollyer”). Watch the paddle boarders and kite surfers on the water and spy rare, protected birds from the nearby sanctuary. A lovely 5 km long stretch of the beach is linked by a wooden bridge from Clontarf. Dollymount area is mostly residential while Clontarf offers restaurants, bars and a lot of trendy spots for your after- beach vibes.

Velvet Strand, Portmarnock

Velvet Strand’s vast expanses of smooth sand make 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.

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