10 Best Beaches in Dublin
There are some stunning beaches in Dublin, event though Dublin is not a beach destination.
sunset at Dublin beach
We have made a list of the best beaches in Dublin that will make you feel like in a paradise.
In and around Dublin you’ve got a choice of some wonderful beaches, that are within a short distance of Dublin and are easily accessible by car and public transport.
Beaches in Dublin are a popular destination all year round, but especially so during the spring and summer, when the sun comes out.
Beautiful beaches are just around the corner – in Co. Dublin!
Keep reading on to find out top beaches in Dublin
You can enjoy and relax by the sea and you don’t need to fly to the other end of the world to find the most beautiful beach. Just choose your favorite one from our list and wait for that beautiful day.
Whether you are going for a swim, walking the dog or to get some nice tan and relax, we have got you covered.
We also provide a destination from Dublin’s most famous O’Connell street, and an approximate time to get to the beach by car.
Beach getaway is one of the top things to do on a beautiful day. Beaches offer the best walks and views. It’s a perfect quick run away from busy Dublin city.
Have the most of beautiful Dublin coast…
Here are the 10 Best Beaches in Dublin
Some of the beaches are in Dublin, while others are just a short distance away.
1. Killiney Beach, Dublin
If you’re looking for a beach in Dublin with a view, this is the best one for you! This is one of the best beaches in Dublin.
Located in south Dublin, Killiney beach is a perfect idea for a family day out. You can have a walk in the fresh air and relax. It has breath taking views of Bray Head, Dalkey Island and Sorrento Terrace.
It’s perfect for swimming, bathing, picnic and activities for all the family.
Killiney beach is a perfect treat for body and soul! The sound of rushing water that calms you down, the view that it offers and sandy beach.
Don’t forget your camera. The pictures tell thousands of words.
Distance from O’Connell Street: 16km
Travel time: 35 mins
2. Sandymount Strand
Sandymount Strand is a large strand on the east coast of Ireland, adjacent to the village and suburb of Sandymount in Dublin.
It’s a very popular destination for families, as it’s located so close to Dublin city. A beach where you can kick or throw a ball, jogging, run, play frisbee, people watch, have a walk, relax or watch a sunset.
You can also walk to the lighthouse but remember-it’s a long one!
You kids will love Sandymount beach due to the space, birds eye view of the vast sea, seabirds, seashells, passing ferries, the Lighthouse, Poolberg chimneys and the industry of the Dublin Port. Great views stretching from Howth in the north to Dun Laoghaire and the Wicklow mountains and beyond in the south Dublin bay.
Distance from O’Connell Street: 6, 1 km
Travel time: 15 mins
3. Velvet Strand, Portmarnock
At Velvet Strand’s vast beach of smooth sand makes it the perfect play surface, a picnic spot or whatever your plan is. Portmarnock beach is five miles long and stretches all the way to Baldoyle and adjoins Malahide Beach. It’s one of the favourite beaches in Dublin with stunning views of Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island.
It Has two car parks: Norths beach and South beach car parks. The North Beach car park gets full quickly especially so in summer, so try the South Beach car park.
Portmarnock beach has been awarded the International Blue Flag Beach Award and Green Coast Award for 2017.
Distance from O’Connell Street: 14km
Travel time: 30 mins
4. Dollymount Beach, Bull Island
Rich in flora and fauna Dollymount Beach is situated on Bull Island and is an addition to Dublin bay created naturally when the North Bull Wall was installed to help keep Dublin port silt free in the. 19ths century
This Lovely sandy beach is 5 kilometres in lengths and is the closest beach to Dublin city.
Stretch your legs and take a stroll on the stunning beach, or through the sand dunes or along the North Bull Wall. Get some sea air and see spectacular views of Howth to the North and Wicklow Hills, the Sugar Loaf and many of the coastal towns and villages to the south.
At the junction of Windmill Road and the Coast Road, not far from the cycle path, you’ll see a stunning hand-made tree sculpture.
Today, it is an important nature reserve, being a breeding site for many bird species and one of the most protected areas in Ireland.
Dollymount beach is also a home for some big annual events in Dublin – Battle of the Bay, Volleyball and the Kite Festival just to mention a few
The island, reached across a causeway from the mainland, also has two golf courses and a number of car parks. At the far south-western end, a large car park offers direct access to the beach and public toilets can be found at Bull Wall Swim Point. Another large car park is located by the centre of the beach, offering direct access.
During the summer months lifeguards are on duty and the island can be dotted with mobile bars and food outlets. A first aid centre and free showers are also available. Walking around and exploring this UNESCO biosphere reserve is popular, and the beach is also good for paddle boarding and kite surfing.
In the North Bull Island Interpretative Centre you can discover more about the island’s history and its wildlife.
Take a walk on the famous Wooden Bridge that connects the strand with the Bull Island and the 5 kilometres long stretch of sandy beach dunes on the island’s eastern shore.
Your kids will love this sandy beach! You have a wide space, which is ideal for little ones for bird-watching, fly a kite, run and play. It offers stunning 360 degrees view of Dublin Bay and, you’ll see ferries entering and leaving Dublin port.
Distance from O’Connell Street: 6, 8 km
Travel time: 15 mins
5. North and South Beach, Skerries
The harbour town of Skerries (Skerries came second in the 2014 Best Place to Live in Ireland awards), which is about 38 minutes away from Dublin, is a home to two beaches.
The North Beach is slightly less popular than the South Beach, which is two and a half kilometres in length. The South Beach is only two minutes away from the bustling Skerries town centre. It’s loved by locals and visitors, great for swimming and is serviced by lifeguards during the summer months.
Amusements, promenade walks, play areas, rock pools, islands, breath-taking sunsets over the harbour and views out to the majestic black-and-white striped Rockabill lighthouse, which is 16 kilometres offshore.
Distance from O’Connell Street: 30km (via M1)
Travel time: 38 mins
6. Balcarrick Beach, Donabate
Located just 6 kilometres away from Dublin, Balcarric Beach is 3.5 kilometres long and is perfect for a magical walk, canoeing, bird-watching, running, jogging, meditating on the rocks or lying down on the beach.
One of the favourite Dublin beaches, it offers walks along the beach and coast with scenery beautiful views of Lambay Island, Howth Peninsula and Malahide Estuary.
This beach is unspoiled haven for rest and relaxation. And you can also do some activity like play soccer, practice your golf swing, swim or just watch the people or the world go by.
Avail of a refreshing coastal walking route from Donabate beach to Portrane beach.
It is a rocky path to walk on, so if you’re with your kids, keep an eye on them, because of the rocks and there are areas that are not secure with fencing and the drop down is drastic/dangerous.
Car parking and toilet facilities are nearby.
Distance from O’Connell Street: 25 km
Travel time: 25 mins
A lovely beach in south Dublin, that is a lovely spot for a swim and is well served by public transport (including Dart, Monkstown/Salthill stop).
Seapoint has its own Martello Tower, that reminds of the beach’s history as one of 28 sites constructed to defend Dublin from Napoleonic invasion in the early 19th century.
There are quite a few people, who, swim at Seapoint all year round, and it is a special venue for a Christmas Day swim.
Car park, changing areas, a shower and bathrooms nearby.
Distance from O’Connell Street: 10, 6 km (via R118)
Travel time: 18 mins
8. Portrane beach
Portrane Beach is a 2km stretch of sandy beach located in the seaside village of Portrane, County Dublin.
Portrane beach boasts the honour of a Blue Flag and Green Coast Award in 2015 thanks to its clean environment, blue crystal-clear water quality and natural beauty.
Known as ‘Tower Bay’ due to the distinctive Martello Tower,it offers stunning views of Rockabill and its lighthouse in the north to Wicklow and its Sugarloaf in the south.
You’ll also get to see the passing sailboats near Ireland’s Eye, seabirds flying over to Lambay Island and towers of the Pigeon House rising from Poolbeg.
In the north side of the beach, there is a National Heritage Area, which is home migrating birds in winter.
The beach has no vehicle access, but there is parking at the pedestrian entrance.
Distance from O’Connell Street: 22, 6 km (via R126 and M1)
Travel time: 25 mins
9. Sandycove Beach
A lovely Sandycove Beach located south of Dublin has strong links to the past. The beach is famous for its iconic Martello Tower, which is just a stone’s throw away and is featured in one of the most famous Irish writer James Joyce classic Ulysses.
Today the Martello Tower hosts a small museum, that operates during the summer and is names after famous James Joyce.
Sandycove beach is a popular family spot, as it’s perfect for picnics, bathing and activities for all the family.
Sandycove beach houses the famous Forty Foot, where you’ll find brave swimmers having a dip all year round.
Distance from O’Connell Street: 13, 5 km (via R118)
Travel time: 23 mins
10. Burrow Beach, Sutton
An award (the Green Coast Award for 2017) winning Burrow Beach in Sutton is a sandy beach with stunning views of Ireland’s Eye, pure white sand, Howth Head and Malahide on the horizon.
It is 1.2 kilometres in length and connects Howth Head to the mainland.
You can take a walk along the beach up to Howth, then you can walk the pier and replenish your lost calories with nice chips or your own snacks. You can walk back or just jump back on the DART.
Burrow beach is a perfect family destination option for pleasurable time filled with tons of fun.
The beach is monitored by Lifeguard station during the summer.
Sutton also houses a refurbished Martello Tower that you can spend the night in!
It’s easily accessible by car and public transport. Take a bus no 31 or 31B to Sutton town or a dart to Sutton DART Station. The beach is accessible from there.
Distance from O’Connell Bridge: 13,6 km (via R807 and R105)
Travel time: 20 mins
So this is a list of the best beaches in Dublin.
Now, that you know them, all you need is a beautiful day 😉
Dublin beaches that have got a blue flag award
A blue flag award is an international award of excellence, which recognizes outstanding compliance with bathing water quality and sewage treatment regulations.
The first awards were presented in 1988 with the aim to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches, marinas and inland bathing waters around the world.
The beaches and marinas that have achieved blue flag, have complied with strict criteria relating to water quality, safety, facilities for visitors, beach management, environmental education and the provision of information.
Here are beaches in Dublin, that were awarded a blue flag:
1. Velvet Strand, Portmarnock
What do I need to take to the beach?
Whether you are going for an active stay, family fun or relaxing time, here is a list of the things to bring to the beach:
- sun shelters
- some snacks
- beach toys
- extra set of clothes for the little ones
Enjoy the sun, the water and all the beach activities for all the family.
Enjoy a beautiful day at Dublin beach!