Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside

Just in from the beach so thought I’d so a quick pros vs cons list of beaches/swimming holes around my area.

Sandycove Beach


  • Near enough to the dart.
  • Grassy bit for lying out.
  • Usually an ice-cream truck. If not, about ten minutes walk from Teddy’s.
  • Nice walk along the promenade to/from Dun Laoghaire.
  • Can dive off the pier.
  • Generally a life guard during the summer.
  • Safe for kids.


  • Lots of kids.
  • Also dogs.
  • Not too clean. Water generally looks pretty scummy.
  • In the summer can be full of knackers.
  • Currents when you get out a bit further, and rocks.

The Forty-Foot


  • Beside Sandycove, so all same pros.
  • Martello Tower looks nice, can pretend to be in Ulysses.
  • Diving off the rocks.
  • No need to wade in, nice and deep for swimming.
  • Other swimmers usually friendly.


  • Bad currents, expecially when the ferry goes by.
  • Have to be careful on the rocks, some guy broke his neck diving in there recently.

White Rock

white rockPros

  • Lots of sand for lying out.
  • Little changing room place that you can lie on top of and look out.
  • Big flat rock for jumping off when the tide’s in.
  • Can watch the Darts go by.
  • Toilets.
  • Seperate from Killiney beach so seems a bit more private, but Killiney can be reached by walking along the ledge.


  • Lots of flies cos of the seaweed.
  • Millions of millions of steps down.
  • Uphill trek from Killiney Dart station if you’re coming from that way.
  • Currents.
  • Sharp little stones closer to the sea that hurt when ya go paddling.

The Vico



  • Can perve on all the nice houses on Vico Road.
  • Can go skinny dipping.
  • Little changing room place.
  • Beautiful views.


  • Old men skinny dipping.
  • Changing room place sometimes smells like piss.
  • Rocks.
Published in: on May 30, 2009 at 5:32 pm  Comments (2)  
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