Birding Locations Ireland

Sandymount Strand

Sandymouth Strand is a popular beach on the south side of Dublin City near the village of Sandymouth. It stretches almost 2 kilometers from Sean O’Casey Park near Sandymouth village to railway crossing at Merrion Gates. There is a promenade running the length of the beach and there are also three car parks, but remember to pay the parking fee!

At low tide you can walk several hundred metres out to the water edge along flat sand, but be careful of the incoming tide. During winter you will find a good variety of waders and gulls. In summer there can be spectacular gatherings of terns as the incoming tide forces them up the beach. There can be thousands of Arctic and Common terns, as well as Sandwich terns.

Close to Merrion Gates there is access to the end of the beach where there is exposed mudflats that attract Dunlin and Ringed Plovers.

If you are coming from the city centre, take the East Link Bridge south across the River Liffey. Shortly after you pass through the toll plaza you need to turn right at the roundabout and drive to the T junction at the traffic lights. Turn left and the beach will be on your right. The first of the three car parks is a few hundred metres ahead on the right.

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Dunlin at Sandymount Strand, Dublin: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/1000 Sec, F11, ISO 320

Little Egret at Sandymount Strand, Dublin: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/1000 Sec, F13, ISO 200

Ringed Plover at Sandymount Strand, Dublin: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/1000 Sec, F13, ISO 500

Sandwich Tern at Sandymount Strand, Dublin: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/1000 Sec, F11, ISO 800