7 spots to swim in Dublin

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With some sunny days predicted for August this year, why not make the most of the final month of summer and head out for a dip? Here are seven of the loveliest spots to swim in Dublin. All places mentioned are accessible from the city centre on the DART or Dublin bus.

1. Vico baths
Swimming at Vico Baths in Dublin

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The gorgeous Vico Baths is located in Killiney. It’s accessible from the Dalkey DART station but if you’re driving, it’s worth parking on Killiney Hill for a short walk with stunning views. Vico Baths is a nudist-friendly bathing spot. Most people keep their togs on, but you should be comfortable with the possibility that some might not.

2. Dollymount Strand

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Dollymount Strand is a 5km long sandy beach on Bull Island. The water isn’t too deep, so you can opt for a relaxing swim or alternatively, book a kitesurfing lesson. It’s pretty close to the city centre; a bus will get you there in less than 20 minutes.

3. Portmarnock beach

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Portmarnock beach is a blue-flag beach, known to Dubliners as the “Velvet Strand”. You can get there in 25 minutes on the northbound DART. You can relax on the large, sandy beach with views of Howth and the Dublin mountains, or head over to High Rock to jump from rocks during high tide.

4. Howth Cliffs

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Also accessible on the DART, the Howth cliffs are great for jumping and diving, but are not for the faint-hearted! You may encounter some steep, slippery slopes, so wear suitable shoes. The 2-3 hour loop walk around the cliff also boasts some stunning views, should you wish to complete it before your swim.

5. Seapoint

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Seapoint is another bathing spot that’s easily accessible on the DART. Paddleboarding, kayaking and kitesurfing are also available, just check the tide before you go, as it can get quite shallow. Seapoint is close to both Blackrock and Monkstown, so you could make a daytrip out of your swim.

6. The Forty Foot

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This list wouldn’t be complete without the famous Forty Foot, Dublin’s most popular swimming spot. There are ample facilities for changing, handrails to get into the water, and a spot for jumping into the water. Treat yourself to a 99 cone after, from the iconic Teddy’s Ice Cream store.

7. Sandycove

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Just around the corner from the Forty Foot is Sandycove beach. It’s less busy so you won’t feel as rushed to get into the water, and there are also plenty of lifeguards, meaning it’s very kid-friendly. The 46a bus runs frequently to the city centre from Crofton road nearby.

Of course, there are plenty of spots to swim in Dublin, but these are seven of the best. With summer coming to an end soon, what better time to try them out? If swimming in an indoor pool is more your thing, check out our list of public pools in Dublin here. Happy swimming!

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