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As well as various city centre walks along the quaysides of the River Liffey, fantastic rowing and sailing in and around the bay and the mouth of the River, Dublin Port and it’s environs has so much to offer residents and visitors to Dublin city alike.
Bull Island, with its 5.63km of beach was created by the building of the Port’s two walls & the Great South Wall and the North Bull Wall. Bull Island is one of Dublin’s most popular tourist attractions that incorporates two golf courses (Royal Dublin Golf Course and St. Annes Golf Course), Dollymount Beach and the North Bull Island Nature Reserve.
A small island built up over 200 years as a result of the construction of the north harbour wall of Dublin Port, it has an adjoining foreshore of sandy beaches, dunes, saltmarshes and mudflats. It is connected to the land by a wooden bridge and a more recently constructed causeway. The site is unique in Ireland because it supports well-developed saltmarsh and dune systems displaying all stages of development from the earliest phase of colonisation to full maturity. Its location as a UNESCO Biosphere reserve within a capital city is also unique and it is classified as a Wetland of International importance under the Ramsar Convention.
As popular with families who want to just walk along Dollymount Strand or spend the day at the beach as it is with ornithologists who visit hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the 25,000 birds of many different species that are said to Winter on the Island, North Bull Isalnd has something to offer everyone. The island also has a Visitor and Interpretative Centre which is open 7 days a week form 10am-4.30pm. Admission is free.
If you’re looking for a beautiful walk by the sea why not try the Great South Wall walk out to Poolbeg Lighthouse? With free parking at the end of Pigeon House Road and the beginning of South Wall it’s very easy to get to. The walk out and back takes around 40 mins and the reward when you reach the Lighthouse is the really stunning views in every direction. You’d never know what ships you may see arriving at, or leaving Dublin Port.
The walk out and back is about 4km and the reward when you reach the Lighthouse is the really stunning views in every direction. You’d never know what ships you may see arriving at, or leaving Dublin Port.
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