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Balcarrick Beach

Although Dublin is located on the sea,  its coastal status is often overlooked by visitors to the capital.  When tourists think of Irish beaches they often envisage the sweeping shores of Kerry (as portrayed in Ryan's Daughter),  the rugged Atlantic coastline of the Aran Islands or the surf havens of Lehinch and Strand Hill.

The beaches of Dublin do not always spring to mind.  They are generally undersold as a reason to visit Dublin.  However tourists to the capital may find themselves relatively shortchanged if they leave without having experienced some of the picturesque and plentiful pebbly coves and unspoiled stretches of golden sand that are on offer.

The 3.4km stretch of long sandy stretch that is Balcarrick Beach,  in Donabate, is the place to head if you enjoy wandering amongst sand dunes. The name Donabate has its origin in two Irish words. Domhnach is an old Irish word for church, often used for churches particularly associated with St. Patrick, as is the case in this area with its strong traditional associations with Ireland's patron saint. The remains of the original church are preserved in the graveyard of the current St. Patrick's church. Bate comes from the Irish word for boat or ferry. 

These unique features have been developing for about the past 30 years and are constantly changing with the winds.  A number of different paths lead onto the beach,  connecting it with the five golf courses to be found in the Donabate area. A generous car park,  public toilet facilities and lifeguard supervision with First Aid Station are all available to visitors.  To reach the village of Donabate,  hop on the 33B.  Alternatively,  the train station can be found in the town centre.