Plenty of friends visiting me in Dublin have asked several times about recommendations of nice seaside walks at the Dublin doorstep. Some popular places among tourists, like the undoubtedly beautiful Malahide or Dún Laoghaire are listed on many sites, but quite a while ago I wanted to experience something new. Looking at the Dublin dart (local train system) map, I saw a little spot that looked like a beach not far from the station Sutton, just before the well-known for its seafood peninsula of Howth Head.
Taking a train from Connolly Station to Howth and getting off in about 20 minutes I found myself in Sutton. This is a tiny isthmus between the mainland and Howth. Walking through Sutton town I discovered a couple of nice looking cafés and pubs, a supermarket, and more importantly, after taking a road that starts across the train tracks – a gorgeous seaside. I have heard that even some Dubliners come here to stay in the Marine hotel, in order to get away from the busy city and enjoy sea air.
Take a train to Sutton station and follow the road with the sign “Beach” on it, for about 10-15 minutes, along beautiful villas, and you will find the only accessible public beach spot between the houses. The beach is huge and beautiful. And if you are lucky – you can catch the moon like me and my friend did on a winter afternoon.
Why not go here on a weekend in Dublin yourself?