Monday, 1 June 2015

Dublin, Our Playground // Sandymount Strand

Welcome back to the Dublin, Our Playground series. The last post in this series highlighted toddler friendly places to take cover at when the rainy weather strikes. Today's post is a spot where I'd highly recommend visiting when the sun is shining. Sandymount Strand is a sea side strip where dog walkers, bikers, rollerbladers, joggers and kite flyers all convene for the fresh air and picturesque views.

Plenty of space to roam free

Panoramic views allow for overlooking Dublin Bay and seeing the Howth Peninsula, Dun Laoghaire, the Irish Sea, as well as the familiar site of the Poolbeg Chimneys. Depending on the time of day that you visit, and therefore the location of the tide, you have options for where to walk. High tides keep most Strand visitors on the paved pedestrian walkway, with a small bit of accessible sandy shore. Low tide allows for plenty of beach exploring, as the sea seems to be miles away. The only indication of the sea's whereabouts are the tiny triangular outlines of the sailboats seen so far in the distance. And unlike the rockier beaches in nearby Killiney and Bray, Sandymount is mostly sand. Unfortunately for us, the warm summer weather hasn't quite kicked in, so barefoot adventures were replaced by wellie covered ones! Luckily, it is the best beach for sea shell collecting and discovering crabs and creatures in the little tidal pools, so even if you can't go swimming, there is still plenty to find here.  

Poolbeg Chimneys in the distance

Plenty of colorful shells waiting  to be discovered

What little creatures will we find?
We'll be back for some kite flying in the next few weeks, and I'm sure we'll bring a pail to collect more shells along the way too!

Digging for buried treasure

Inspecting a seashell
Located on Strand Road in Sandymount, there are a couple of metered car parks along the strip, and the DART line stops within walking distance. Tide timetables can be found here.

What beaches do you like to visit in Dublin? Why do you love going to them? While I love Sandymount Strand for shell collecting, our favourite swimming beach is White Rock in Killiney. Stay tuned for a review on that beach- once the warmer, summer weather makes an appearance!

Family photo op!


  1. Thank you for the nice walk on the beach. Nothing like free treasures from the sea.

    1. Exactly! And we're putting those shells to use too...!

  2. Looks like a great calming place to stroll and collect!

  3. This looks so great! The kids I wonder what they are discovering, in that photo, so much to explore! Thank you!

    1. You're very welcome! And as much as the kids love it, us adults do too!!!


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