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Dollymount Strand Beach (Bull Island)

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Dollymount Strand Beach - County Dublin

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Dollymount Strand is the closest large beach to Dublin city centre. It is situated on Bull Island which was created in the 19th century in Dublin Bay to deal with silting problems. The sandy beach here runs along the full 5 kilometre length of the island. Today, it is an important nature reserve, being a breeding site for many bird species and one of the most protected areas in Ireland.

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 can be found by the centre of the beach, also 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.

The North Bull Island Interpretative Centre is well worth a visit to discover more about the island’s history, its wildlife, and its importance as an ecosystem. From the beach there is an excellent view of the ships entering and leaving the port at Dublin.

Also known as:

Bull Island

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

Yes

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs must be on a leash and droppings removed.

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Activities

  • Swimming/bathing

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities

Nearest town

Dublin

Postcode

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