Birds of Ireland
Laytown Beach in County Meath is located between Dublin and Dundalk, not far from Drogheda. There is an extensive sandy beach with huge areas of sand exposed at low tide. This is a popular roosting point for gulls and waders in winter. It is also the location for the estuary of the River Nanny and there are extensive mudflats along the river. There is a foot bridge across the river so you can explore both shores.
In winter there are regularly good numbers of Knot, Sanderling, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Oystercatcher and a good mix of gulls,
The shoreline has grassy areas and bushes that attract finches and chats.
Take the M1 motorway from Dublin or Belfast and follow the signs for Laytown / Julianstown / R132 North. Drive through Julianstown and turn right at the sign for Laytown. When you reach the village, you can park in teh carpark at the train station, although this is often full with commuters cars. You can also park about 200 mertres further on, at the entrance to the beach beside the Coast Tavern.