Swimming in Dublin & Galway

Summer is here, and our dear guests can’t wait to dip in the sea and cool down a bit! If you are lucky enough to be in Ireland on a sunny day, go for a swim! As both Dublin & Galway are by the sea, there is no lack of beaches to go to for a dip, but maybe have a look at our guide first 🙂 Be warned – water could be cold, even on hot days! 

Swimming in Galway

This is easy – just go for a little walk down from our Barnacles Galway Hostel to find the perfect spot on the Salthill beach. Actually, it is several beaches, some pebbly and some sandy on a lovely stretch of coast. You can go for a walk or rent a bike for few hours and enjoy leisurely paddle to the Blackrock jumping tower.  Believe us, this is destination for any weather and any time of the day – in fact, some of the best sunsets in Ireland can be seen from the Salhill beach. Look no further, grab your swimming trunks on and go!


Evening strolls along the prom #Galway #prom #galwaybay #salthill #galway2020

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Will you be brave enough to jump?


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Beside Salthill, check out Silver Strand beach, only 2 km away. It is safe, shallow, sandy beach, perfect chill out spot! 

Swimming in Dublin

While in the city centre you can try your hand at watersports like wakeboarding or stand up paddleboarding, both in the Grand Canal, for actual sea swimming you will have to venture a little bit out of the centre. One of the best beaches  in Dublin is Portmarnock’s Velvet Strand (train will get you there in 25 min).  Little bit closer to the city centre you will find Bull Island, favorite kitesurfing spot and one of our favorite escapes as it is only 15 min on train from city centre!


Vamos para praia? #portmarnock #beach #ireland

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The 40 Foot is another classic you should visit. This spot on the southernmost tip of Dublin Bay is perfect for a refreshing leap into the sea – something Dubliners have been doing for hundreds of years. Birthday suits acceptable, but not essential! Come here on CHristmas to watch hundreds of bathers dressed as Santa making the jump! Maybe even take the plunge yourself??? 


Loads of choices: