Sandy Shores In And Around Dublin
Dublin may not be known as a seaside city, but there are many nice beaches in the area that are only a short bus ride away from the city centre. Go there to sample seafood, take a walk or just to relax. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try kite surfing. Beaches in and around Dublin are rarely used by locals and it’s sometimes even possible to get one all to yourself!
Claremont Beach, Howth
Hidden away in the Dublin suburb of Howth, Claremont Beach is a great place to get away from the crowds. There are hardly any signposts approaching it, so you get the sense that you’re in a secret spot. It’s a wide, quiet stretch of beach that’s great for walking the dog or even going for a horse ride. U2 drummer Larry Mullen lives in one of the beautiful houses nearby, and restaurants like Ivan’s and Nicky’s Plaice offer great seafood. Also in the area is Deer Park Hotel, one of the finest Dublin hotels by the coast.
North and South Beach, Skerries
The village of Skerries takes its name from the Norse word sceir meaning ‘reef’ or ‘rocky islands’. Skerries has its own quaint, old-fashioned charm and two long, sandy beaches, which are great for swimming if you can stand the freezing cold water. At sunset there is a beautiful view over the harbour where a colony of grey seals resides, and the harbour is one of the main landing ports for Dublin Bay prawns.
Bay Beach, Portrane
Portrane is a small seaside town near Dublin where some of the October album by U2 was composed in a caravan. Tower Bay Beach itself is a tiny cove surrounded by good walks, including the famous cliff walk to Donabate Beach. The water is clean for bathing, and there are nice views over Lambay Island and Rockabill Lighthouse.
Strand, North Bull Island
Dollymount Strand is located on a small island in Dublin Bay only a short bus ride away from Dublin centre and accessible from a bridge to the mainland. The beach is huge at over 5 km long and at low water the tide goes out for miles. Dollymount Strand is popular with kite surfers due to the constant wind but the water is not the cleanest in the area. The island is also a wildlife sanctuary and a haven for migrating birds.
White Rock, Killiney
White Rock is located in a suburb of Dublin and is one of the only places on the east coast of Ireland where you can see a pod of bottlenose dolphins. It’s a great place to bring kids as there is a playground at one end of the beach, although the beach can be rather rocky in places. The area itself is beautiful and has been favourably compared to the Bay of Naples in Italy. It also makes a great spot for beach fishing and surfing when the wind is in the right direction.