Words: Eva O’Beirne
Since the weather has suddenly decided to perk up, you might be wondering where you can find a decent beach in Dublin this bank holiday weekend.
We’ve compiled our top picks for places to swim in the capital that aren’t the basic options like the Vico Baths or Forty Foot. With beautiful scenes, hidden spots and little-to-no crowds, there’s something for everyone on this list.
Perfectly situated on the coast road, Bull Island has a certain vintage charm due to its changing stations and steps down to Dublin bay. With plenty of places to grab a post-swim snack like Happy Out and Kanoodle, this spot is perfect for a spontaneous swim after work.
Popular with locals, Balscadden Bay is a small beach close to the sea wall in the coastal village. A ten-minute walk from multiple chippers and plenty of shops that stock 99s, this beach is perfect for anyone looking to explore more of what Dublin has to offer.
A “blink and you’ll miss it” type beach.
Accessible by a set of steep stone stairs, this spot is perfect for beginner sea swimmers. If you have one, bring along a paddleboard. Make sure to watch the tide though.
Plenty of waves and quieter than its sister beach, High Rock, this spot is suited to more advanced swimmers. If you fancy a bit of diving, you can visit High Rock up the road.
An oldie but a goodie. This massive beach is great for those looking to go somewhere accessible but not too crowded. Simply walk along until you find a spot that isn’t too busy, and grab a 99 from one of the vans parked on the beach.
Tucked away amongst the Howth cliffs, the Martello Tower beach is perfect if you want to bring your dog on a sunny day trip. Bring plenty of snacks for the walk.
If you don’t want to be swamped at Seapoint or Forty Foot, but don’t fancy leaving the south side, Bulloch Harbour is a well-kept, quiet alternative. Located along the DART line, this harbour is easy to commute to from the city centre.
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