Beaches in Wicklow

Close your eyes and lie back. You can hear the soothing swish of the waves lapping the shore, feel the soft sand beneath your skin and smell the fresh breeze stimulating your senses!

wicklow photos from chris bolton -living life the wicklow wayBut your not in the Mediterranean! Its right on your doorstep – yes, winter or summer the variety of beaches in Wicklow ensure that you need never go without this experience.

There are beaches suited to walking, fishing, swimming and rock-pool exploration! Below I have listed some of my personal favourite beaches – If you would like to share one of yours please do let us know

Brittas Bay Beach

Co Wicklow:
Best known of all the Wicklow beaches is perhaps, Brittas Bay – a beautiful sandy stretch of beach which runs for 5km. Brittas is a blue flag beach safe for swimming so children in particular love it!

It is surrounded by a few holiday mobile-home parks and has ample car-parking (at a charge since 2006) and toilet facilities. In the summer there are fast food vans so you need never go home again and just down the road there is a small mini-market if you have forgotten your suncream!

Ennereilly Beach

Co Wicklow:
Ennereilly beach is en route to Arklow and is a wonderful beach for walking, shell collecting and beach angling. There is a small parking area free of charge. You will often see washed up starfish and the occasional seal bobbing out to sea.

Johnsons Beach

Co Wicklow:
Almost immediately after Ennereilly is a tiny parking space at the top of a steep hill which leads to another lovely beach known as Johnsons’ beach. This is particularly nice for angling and there is much driftwood lying about with which you can make a cosy seat. Obviously attention to detail and leaving no waste is a must!!

Maghermore Beach

Maghermore is a family-friendly beach which has recently been a subject of intense petitioning to save the access for members of the public. It is sheltered by steep cliffs and is a safe to swim sandy beach. Many surfers like to brave the waves on a windy day. The water is crystal clear and shallow for quite a way out – perfect for small children.

A note of caution - the access is a very potholed road marked only by a small green postbox -although it may currently still be ok, however, after heavy rains you must drive very slowly.

NOTE: June 2007: Parking is on the roadside BUT Please park carefully so tractors and other cars can get by as the entrance is on a bad bend thus making it extremely dangerous. The county council may be putting double yellow lines here soon.. (long walk then)

There are a few other scattered beaches but I don’t want to give them all away yet! Best to explore and discover them yourself.

December 30, 2008 · Posted in Beaches in Wicklow, Things To Do