Take the 130 bus out of the city to the suburb of Clontarf and you will find Dollymount strand – also known as ‘North bull Island’ (or Dollier to the locals) – this 5km stretch of sand and nature reserve is a wonderful escape for city dweller and tourist alike.
As a nature reserve it is classed as a UNESCO site. The island was only formed following the construction of the North Bull Wall in 1825 – which was erected to protect the port of Dublin from the natural silting which continuously blocked the river channel of the port. In fact the original survey for the wall was conducted by the infamous Captain Bligh and H.M.S. Bounty of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ fame.
Today, apart from the extensive Nature reserve predominantly situated on the landward side; the beach is home to 2 world class golf links and also a dedicated kitesurfing launch area.
Due to the perfect conditions here, it has become home to Dublin’s kitesurfing fraternity – just to the top of the famous wooden bridge linking the North Bull wall with the mainland you can find a surf shop run by some dedicated French kitesurfers who now call Dollymount home.
But don’t be alarmed, if hanging from a kite in strong winds is not your cup of tea you can do what most locals do – walk! And between the wonderful sweeping sands and the golf clubs, there are amazing dunes with a myriad of paths to lose yourself on.
Dollymount strand | Relaxing | Free
North Bull Island
24 hours daily