Here Are The Best Sea Spots In...


Here Are The Best Sea Spots In Dublin To Enjoy The Last Of The Summer Sun

Nessa Dinneen
Nessa Dinneen

01:36 8 Sep 2023

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We're getting one last bit of a summer this September and we're not going to take it for granted!

The folks down at Fáilte Ireland are encouraging people to "chase the last rays of summer" and have compiled a list of the top sea spots in Dublin to promote our county's beautiful coastal trail.

So whether you're a fan of a sea swim or you prefer to stay dry, below is a list of the best coastal gems in Dublin. Have you visited them all in summer 2023?


Skerries is home to a range of beautiful coastal walks with paths that loop around the headland of Red Island and connect its North and South beaches. Both beaches are perfect locations to dip your toes in the water on a hot summer's day!  

If you're looking for some grub after a day of adventuring, Blue Café Bar overlooks Skerries Harbour and has a menu featuring lovely Mediterranean-style bites and cocktails.

Skerries Beach - Photo by Fionn McCann for Fáilte Ireland

2. Howth 

The beloved fishing village is home to beautiful beaches including hidden gems such as Burrow Beach and Balscadden Bay Beach.  

Probably best known for its cliff walk, Howth is home to some of Ireland’s most majestic views, giving you 360° views of Dublin Bay and iconic Dublin landmarks like the Poolbeg Chimneys and Poolbeg Lighthouse.

For food and drink, some popular spots are Howth Summit, Wrights of HowthBeshoff Bros, and The Bloody Stream.

 3. Malahide

Popular among the locals, Low Rock can be found along Malahide’s Coast Road and is the perfect location to watch the sun set over the sea.

Malahide is well equipped for the sunny weather as you can enjoy ice-cream in the likes of OMG Ice Cream and Pappagallino's Ice Cream.

Malahide Coastal Walk - Photo by Fionn McCann for Fáilte Ireland

Bull Island, Clontarf 

Bull Island is connected to the mainland by a unique wooden bridge and offers fantastic views of Dublin Bay and the iconic Poolbeg Chimneys.

After a refreshing sea swim or a leisurely stroll, you can treat yourself to a coffee at the Happy Out hut.

Back on the mainland, Clontarf hosts some gorgeous cafés and restaurants like Ebb & Flow and Póg


A list of Dublin's best coastal gems wouldn't be complete without Dalkey! It's often referred to as the Amalfi Coast of Ireland and it's got the approval of Hollywood stars like Matt Damon and Harry Styles.

You can also take a boat trip from Coliemore Harbour to Dalkey Island and say hello to the resident seals and wild goats.  

If you're looking to eat out while you're in the area you have to check out the gastro village where you'll find Devilles and Ragazzi Gastro Market

Dalkey Island - Photo by Fionn McCann for Fáilte Ireland


Sandycove and Glasthule 

And last but not least you have the iconic Forty Foot, one of Dublin's most popular swimming spots to visit when the temperatures soar. It's now a filming location as well after featuring in Sharon Horgan’s BAFTA-winning series Bad Sisters!

And if you're craving a cuppa, Sandycove Store and Yard is the ideal spot for coffee and sweet treats. Not only that it has a sauna and a hot tub to enjoy a relaxing day in the sunshine even more.

But don't forget that while we're enjoying the glorious sunshine, it's very important to stay hydrated and take a break in the shade when you need it.
Protect your head and lash on that SPF!

Feature photo: Bull Island by Antoinette Reilly, Sandycove Coast by Adrian Hendroff and Howth Cliff Walk by Cahir Davitt

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