North Bull Island - Dollymount Strand

Dollymount Strand is the closest large beach to Dublin city centre. It is situated on Bull Island which was created by building the North Bull wall in Dublin Bay to deal with silting problems. As a result of the wall, the sandbanks grew larger and developed into an island above the water.

The sandy beach here continues to grow towards the sea and currently spans 5km in length and 1 km wide. There are long stretches of dunes and beachfront to enjoy here, known as Dollymount Beach.

The North Bull Wall stretches out beyond the beach and keeps the waters calm, warmer than most beaches, and is ideal to paddle with children or non-swimmers.

When the tide is out you can walk for ages to the horizon and the waters are shallow for a few hundred metres before getting deeper. An added bonus is being able to watch the large cruise liners coming in on the opposite side of the wall into Dublin Port.

You can also see views of Dublin and the surrounding areas looking north you will see Howth head and to the south you will see the 2 famous Poolbeg Towers and on a clear sunny day south Dublin and the Dublin Mountains. Look out to sea you might spot a few locals kitesurfing or windsurfing and all not to mention bird species flying overhead.

To access the beach, you can walk or drive over the famous wooden bridge from Clontarf to the long stretch of sandy beach and dunes on the island's eastern shore, with car parks located near the beach for easy access, public toilets can also be found at the Bull Wall swimming point. During the summer months, you will find small pop up cafes


Dollymount Strand.
North Bull Island, Dublin 5,
Co. Dublin

Dollymount Strand is located a 20-minute drive from the Castle Hotel.
Public transport can also be taken, our front desk staff will be able to guide you on these. 

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