Dublin is a fun, lively city that has plenty of bars, pubs and clubs to keep you occupied. But what if you wanted a slower pace to your weekend away in Ireland’s bustling capital? Look no further than Dollymount Strand, Clontarf – the best beach in Dublin!
Dublin has a few pockets of beautiful coastline, usually to the north of the city, but my very favorite is Dollymount Strand in Clontarf. It was my best friend Claire (who is lucky enough to call Clontarf home) who introduced me to Dollymount Strand on a very blustery New Year’s Day 2015. That time we barely made it across the Wooden Bridge to Bull Island; the gale force winds beat us back to the comforts and safety of The Bay restaurant – just a stone’s throw from the strand and serves an excellent brunch!
Thankfully, we’ve been able to revisit together since then, and my last trip was over Easter weekend. Taking advantage of the unusually fine March weather, we packed up the car and took the latest furry addition to the family for his first walk on the beach!
With five kilometers of beach to stroll down, lined with tumbling dunes and blankets of sea arrowgrass to take picnic breaks on, it’s the perfect beach if you want to escape the bustle of the city for a couple of hours!
If you gaze north, you can look out onto peninsula of Howth Head and Dublin’s countryside. While the southern view is more urban, with the Poolbeg Generation Station chimneys working as a skyline pinpoint for Dublin Port and Ringsend.
Dollymount Strand has also become a bit of a kite surfer’s haven in Dublin as the long stretch is rarely occupied by boats, and the great winds make for the perfect waves. The local kite surfing school in Clontarf were having a great time battling the winds and waves on Good Friday, and the coloured kites decorated the bright blue sky perfectly.
Ireland may not be known for its beautiful beaches, but for me Dollymount Strand is the best beach in Dublin and my favourite place to blow some cobwebs away when I’m back home! If you’re in Dublin for a long weekend, I definitely recommended a morning’s stroll along this gorgeous coastline!
Getting to Dollymount Strand: You can take the no.130 bus towards Castle Avenue from central Dublin and it follows the Clontarf Coast Road. If you ask the bus driver to let you off before you get to Bull Island, or the stop called Dollymount SeaPoint, you’ll see the wooden bridge that gets you across to the island.