Best beaches in County Dublin

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in County Dublin as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in County Dublin is Killiney. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in County Dublin just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Killiney Beach

    Killiney © Andrew Parnell

    Killiney is a long, stony beach located by the resort town of Killiney, one of the most exclusive suburbs of the Dublin area, whose residents include many Irish celebrities. The beach offers excellent views of the surrounding rocky coastline including Dalkey Island and Sorrento Terrace to the north, and Bray Head to the south.

    Due to…

  • 2. The Burrow Beach

    The Burrow © Lisandrotrarbach

    The Burrow Beach in Sutton is a fine sandy beach stretching for nearly a mile. Joining the peninsula of Howth Head to the mainland the beach is backed by extensive sandy dunes.

    Easily reachable from Sutton Cross train station this is a popular spot in the summer and has a seasonal lifeguard service.

  • 3. Seapoint Beach

    Seapoint © Thechonkster

    Seapoint beach sits on the southern shores of Dublin Bay between Blackrock and Monkstown.

    The beach here consists of areas of rocks interspersed with sand. Behind the beach is a section of promenade with a few slipways and steps with hand rails that lead into the water at high tide. This makes Seapoint a good spot…

  • 4. Donabate Beach

    Donabate © Peter Gerken

    Just beyond the outskirts of Ireland's capital city is the long, sandy beach of Balcarrick (or Donabate). Despite being only 22km from the centre of Dublin you will feel very much out in the countryside at Balcarrick beach. The beach is backed by an extensive area of sand dunes which is a valuable natural habitat…

  • 5. Dollymount Strand Beach

    Dollymount Strand © William Murphy

    Dollymount Strand is the closest large beach to Dublin city centre. It is situated on North 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…

  • 6. Portrane Beach

    Portrane © Jaqian | BY-SA

    The long sandy beach of Portrane is flanked by sand dunes and backs onto the small seaside village of Portrane. Behind the village and beach is the Rogerstown Estuary which empties at the northern end of the beach. This National Heritage Area (NHA) is home to various migrating wading birds during the winter. Despite there…

  • 7. Malahide Beach

    Malahide © Miguel Mendez

    Malahide is an expansive stretch of sand that runs between the town and the estuary. It is a popular spot with beach walkers with a mix of dunes, beach, footpath and promenade running along its 2km length. Whilst Malahide beach probably isn't the best place for swimming owing to strong tidal currents it is a…