Top nine places to go for a swim in Dublin

By Lovin' Media

August 8, 2022 at 10:00am


Sea-swimming (also known as... swimming) has grown significantly in popularity over the past couple of years in Ireland.

Sure, you always had the odd few diehard ladies lobbing themselves into the Forty Foot come rain, wind or snow without so much as flinching, but now that Penneys and Dunnes have gotten their hands on the Dryrobe design pattern, there's no stopping any of us. A quick dip is great for the mind, the body, the skin... the list goes on.

With the sunny weather back in full force across Dublin this week, we thought it's as good a time as any to round up some of Dublin's best swim spots for anyone looking to cool off.

Portmarnock Beach

Portmarnock Beach is perhaps one of the best beaches in Dublin for a day out or just a quick dip. With a dedicated car park as well as plenty of parking along the coast opposite the Sands Hotel and a shelter towards the end of the beach, you'll have plenty of places to set up before skipping down to the shore and jumping in.

The Forty Foot, Sandycove

You can't beat the classics. The Forty Foot has been a favourite amongst Dublin swimmers for generations, and for good reason. Enter the big bad Irish sea via the steps and railing, or jump off the top if you're brave enough.



Just around the corner from the Forty Foot, Sandycove is another long-time favourite for Dublin swimmers, paddleboarders and kayakers, with beautiful surroundings and no shortage of spots nearby for a post-swim coffee.


With its charming village and beautiful beaches, Skerries makes for a wonderful day out in Dublin. The North Dublin town is home to Skerries South Strand which stretches for about 2.5km.

Bull Island

Bull Island ain't too far from the city centre. With multiple changing areas at the end of the wooden bridge and steps and rails leading down to the water, it is perhaps one of the most accessible swimming spots in the city. Boasting views of Poolbeg and Clontarf Promenade, it's a pretty serene experience.


Balscadden Bay Beach

Hidden away at the end of some steep steps past Howth village, this stony beach has plenty of concrete space to set up camp before taking a dip. Looking out to the sea and the dramatic cliffs of Howth Head, it's a must-see for any swimmer in Dublin.


If you're planning on using public transport, then Seapoint is a great shout for you as there is a DART Station super near the beach. It is made up of mostly large rocks and smooth sand and it's advised that you swim at high tide. You can also make your way into the water from the Martello tower at the north end of the beach.

Red Rock Beach

Located in Sutton at the end of the Howth Cliff Walk, this somewhat hidden beach makes for a wonderful sunset swim after a day of hiking.


Vico Baths

Harry Styles knew what was up when he hit up this swimming spot earlier this year. It's somewhat hidden away in the Killiney area but worth a trip nonetheless. There is a series of steps along with a handrail for easy access to the baths and once you're in the water, you'll likely experience that feeling of bliss you were looking for.

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