5 Beaches in North County Dublin


We are so lucky here in North County Dublin with many beautiful beaches to choose from, and our beaches are considered to be one of the most valuable recreational facilities available to us. Here are 5 favourite beaches in North County Dublin:

Claremont Beach, Howth

Claremont Beach is a small beach situated close to the harbour in Howth.

Howth is served by the No. 31 and No. 31B bus service from Dublin City Centre. Or you could get the DART.  Both the bus stop & the DART station are situated next to the beach.


Front Strand Beach, Balbriggan

Front Strand Beach is situated nearby Main Street in Balbriggan. It has a beautiful coastal walkway known as “The Nuns Walk”, which leads onto Blackrock, Balbriggan’s second beach.  You will find toilets at the south end of the beach.

To get there you can either take the train, the mainline train station leads directly onto the strand or else it is also within easy access of the M50 and M1 motorways and the No. 33 bus service from Dublin City Centre; the beach is approximately a 5-minute walk from the bus stop.

Loughshinny Beach

The Loughshinny beach is sheltered with an active harbour and a picnic area, plus car parking at the beach. The village is served by the No. 33 bus service from Dublin City Centre, & the beach is approximately a 20-minute walk from the bus stop.

Rush North Beach

Rush North Beach has a small park and an active harbour. Take the No. 33 bus service from Dublin City Centre and the beach is approximately a 5-minute walk from the bus stop. There is also a public car park at the beach.

Portmarnock Beach

A very popular 5 mile long beach for swimming, sun-bathing and horse-riding. It stretches from Baldoyle and is next to Malahide beach with a great view of the Dublin mountains and Howth Harbour.

Beach Fun Ideas

  • Sandcastle contest
  • Limbo dancing
  • Beachball/frisbee tournament
  • Seashell races. Each person finds a seashell, then everyone lines their seashell right at the water’s edge where the waves lap up on the beach, when the next wave comes in, whoever’s shell moves the farthest wins.
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Beach bowling. Bring a ball, make the pins out of sand.
  • Fly a kite
  • Take a magnifying glass to inspect shells and other beach finds.
  • Have a picnic

Related: Summer Beach Checklist and North Dublin City Beaches

Which beach in North County Dublin is your favourite? Tell us in the comments below.

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