Winter swimming would exsist since pagan times. Ice baths were one of the most popular tradition in past times, especially in northern countries, but also because it has a wonderful impact on your body. The populatrity of winter swimming has increased rapidly in the last few years and has even became new sports discipline. Apart from the fact that winter/ice swimming is a great outdoor adventure, it is low time-consuming activity, easily accesible – especially in COVID times, relatively cheap and can be very beneficial phisically and mentally. If you are in a good general health the short-term whole-body cold exposure can bring significant benefits. Studies have suggested that ice swimming has a wide variety of health benefits including changes in hematological and endocrine function like amelioration of mood disorders and general well-being, boost your immune system, cool you down, relax and many more. There are many spots in Dublin to go for a swim – starting from wide beaches through rocky coastal spots – find out about best swimming spots in Dublin?
Best swimming spots in Dublin.
- Portmarnock – I have to place it on the top – this is my favourite, most stunning and best beach to swim in Dublin. Probably one of the longest beaches in Dublin, located in the north side of Dublin near famous Malahide. When the tide is low the beach uncovers kilometres of sandy wilderness. If you hit the beach early in the morning you might even see people riding horses in water. There is a free, covenient parking place next to Portmarnock Hotel. Check the location here: https://goo.gl/maps/zjmqRPRibbxwrXs77
If you drive the coastal road Malahide direction from Portmarnock beach, there are lots of swimming spots. Although there is a rocky shore the spots are very convenient for swimmers. A lot of people go there for a night swim.
- Skerries beach – located a little outside Dublin north direction but worth going if you are looking for a safe swimming spot in Dublin. It’s a long beach with good facilities in the area – parking spaces and changing rooms easily accesible just near the beach. Lots of people do kayaking there. Skerries is a coastal town with very cosy cafes near the beach.
- Sandymount Strand – near Pembroke in Dublin city.
- Burrow Beach located in Sutton, on the way to Howth peninsula. Not many people know about this stunning beach, while it offers a beautiful sandy coast, where you can safely swim as the place is served by a lifeguard.
- The Forty Foot – that is probably a spot I would recommend at first sight. The whole infrastructure allows you to step into the water in a safe and enjoyable way. This is probably one of the best organized swimming places in Dublin with a great diving platform. So don’t be surprised if you see a lot of people swimming around.
- Dollymount Strand and Bull Island – probably one of my favourite spots, as not too crowded and the beach is endless. There are two ways to get to the Bull Idsland and one is throught the Wooden Bridge. There’s enough parking spaces and while taking a walk toward the beach you’ll see – Ladies bathing shelter and Men’s bathing shelter that are totally separated. Great place for all water sport, windsurfing, kytesurfing and any kind of kytes!
- Howth Cliffs – Howth: Binn Éadair in Irish, coming from the word headland. It’s a small fishing village and a great spot for a day cliff walk and swimming advanture, although you have to be a little more careful here on the cliffs! Rememebr to find the right spot, it is not allowed to jump from the cliff whenever you decide to. Howth Cliff walk is a very nice loop, where you can meet with incredible nature wildlife like dolphins and seals. There are also many tiny stony beaches between the cliffs.
Is it safe to swim in outdoor spots in Dublin?
This is a very wise question! Apart from the fact you should always be extremely careful when swimming in the sea for number of reasons. Before visiting swimming spots in Dublin for a bath take few good advices:
- Check the tide – it is very likely the tide might change withing few hours on number of spots in Dublin.
- Bathing situation in each swimming spot in Dublin: sometimes bathing may be temorarily banned due to water tank overflows that may couse harm to swimmers or due to increased levels of bacteria in sea water, etc.
- Check local news! At the end of 2020 Sandymount strand was caked in algae sludge, making the beach unwalkable and the bay unswimmable.
- Try take a companion for a swim, it is always adviced not to be alone in the sea, just like in the mountians. Remember Irish Sea is very cold and although you may feel refreshed by cold water at the start it may couse different reactions in your body, crampons, speed up ypour breath, etc.