One of my favourite ways to spend a Sunday is going for a bracing walk on Dollymount Strand. It’s easily accessible by bus (the 130 leaves from the city centre every 10 minutes and takes just 25 minutes to get to Dollymount) and there’s ample parking around the access point to the beach (The Wooden Bridge).
Sandwiched between the towns of Clontarf and Raheny on Dublin’s northside, and known to locals as ‘Dollyer’, the beach has one of the best vantage points to see Dublin bay on all sides. Standing on the strand, you can spot Howth on the northside, and the Great South Wall leading out to Poolbeg lighthouse, Dun Laoghaire’s East and West piers, and as far off sights as Dalkey Island on the southside. It is a simply breathtaking view.
There is plenty of close-by gorgeousness too. The Wooden Bridge brings you to Bull Island, where you’re greeted by a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, on which swimming and kite surfing are popular activities, a nature reserve, thriving with many exotic types of bird, mammal and plant, and an interpretative centre where you can learn all about your surroundings.
After exploring all of that, you’ve really earned a trip to one of the best Indian restaurants in Dublin – Kinara – handily located just off the Wooden Bridge on Clontarf Road. It’s not cheap, but the food is excellent for a Sunday treat, and it’s a perfect way to round off the day.