Dublin Made Easy: Beaches

by Gazette Reporter
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With the recent burst of good weather, our minds turn to beaches! Dubliners have been basking in the glorious sunshine recently, with the mercury topping 30°C in some parts of the country. The beach is the perfect spot for making the most of it and a great place to take the family to as well.

So, get the wind in your hair and the sand in your toes and grab an ice-cream while you’re out – 99 anyone?

Grab your bucket and spade and take yourself back to your childhood days, or simply bring a towel and lay and do nothing for a change.

Breath in the peaceful sea-side atmosphere and don’t forget your picnic! We don’t know how long the warm weather will last for so let’s soak it up as much as we can and make the most of it.

We took a look at some of the best beaches that Dublin has to offer:

Velvet Strand

Location: Portmarnock
Highlight: A walk along the 5km of smooth sand.

Portmarnock’s beach is nicknamed The Velvet Strand due to the beautiful smooth sand along the beach that makes up the three miles of Portmarnock Strand.

The beach is backed by sand dunes which lead onto the Portmarnock Championship golf course.

Velvet strand has been the starting point for two pioneering flights. The most famous was the Southern Cross flown by aviator Charles Kingsford Smith where there is a monument on the beach.

Like many of Dublin’s coastal settlements, Portmarnock is also home to a Napoleonic Martello tower.

The beach is a popular place with wind and kite surfers. It’s a great place to kick off your shoes and go for a nice walk.

Dollymount Strand

Location: Clontarf
Highlight: Dublin Kite Festival

Dollymount Strand, or “Dollyer” to Dubs, is a very popular spot on the northside.
Situated on Bull Island, it was created in the 19th century to deal with silting problems.

Linked to Clontarf by a famous wooden bridge, Dollymount Strand is a 5km stretch of sandy beach and dunes. Today it is an important nature reserve and a breeding site for many bird species.

The beach is good for paddle boarding and kite surfing. The very popular Dublin Kite Festival takes place on Dollymount Strand every year. It took place this June attracting attendees from all around the country brandishing an array of kites.

The North Bull Island Interpretative Centre is well worth a visit to discover more about the island’s history, wildlife, and its importance as an ecosystem.

White Rock

Location: Killiney
Highlight: Breath-taking views

If you’re looking for a beach with a view, White Rock in Killiney will give you just that.
It’s quite a stoney beach but the views are just breath-taking.

The beach offers stunning views of the surrounding rocky coastline including Dalkey Island and Sorrento Terrace to the north, and Bray Head to the south.

Killiney is one of four Blue Flag beaches in Dublin (including Seapoint, Portrane and Portmarnock).

One of best spots for a dip is at the north end of the beach, where clumps of whitish rocks are exposed at low tide.

Beside the car park is a grassy area in between a sea wall and the railway line.
It offers excellent views of the surrounding coastline and is a popular spot for a picnic.

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