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Coastal Walks across Fingal:

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Fingal has 88km of coastline from Sutton to Balbriggan, how much of it have you walked? We are continuing to develop a coastal walkway from the Dublin City to the County Meath borders along the Fingal coastline.

The development of the route is continuing and the following sections are already open to the public:

  • Howth through Sutton to Baldoyle: The route is set out on display boards at Balscaddan Car Park, Bottle Quay, The Bailey Car Park,BalkillPark and at the seafront close to Howth Dart Station.       
  • Portmarnock to Malahide:  The route goes along the coast road including the Velvet Strand and passing theMartelloTowers at Robswall and Portmarnock. 
  • Malahide to Swords:  The route goes from the Marina in Malahide along the southern bank of the Broadmeadow Estuary as far as the Motorway Bridge.  It is possible to continue around the estuary and along the north shore all the way to Donabate.
  • Donabate to Portrane: From the railway causeway at Donabate, walkers can walk eastwards along the north shore of the Broadmeadow estuary and then north by Corballis Golf Course to the Martello tower beside the Waterside Hotel at Donabate.  There are display boards showing the routes at the Tower View Car Park, Portrane and at the Beach Car Park, Donabate.
  • Loughshinny:  There is a display board at the beach car park showing the Coastal Walk at Loughshinny.
  • Skerries: There is a route provided along the South Shore Esplanade and walkers can use the public footpath to go North to Ardgillan and Balbriggan.
  • Balbriggan:  There is a display board at BalbrigganBeach underneath the Viaduct showing the walking routes north to Bremore and South to Ardgillan and Skerries.

Check out our beaches section for more information.

Howth aerial shot

Coastal Walk: Howth through Sutton to Baldoyle

Overview

Beginning at the seafront at Howth, take a ramble along the picturesque coast. Trek up to Howth Head, savouring the view from on high. Descend closer to sea-level and continue on your way towards Sutton, through dramatic cliffs, Balscadden House and the lovely Balscadden Bay Beach. Perhaps enjoy a detour along the pier to Howth Lighthouse, and then make your way to the level expanse of Burrow Beach. Trace your way along the perimeter of the dramatically situated Sutton Golf Club, and finish up your journey at the Baldoyle stretch of the Coast Road. Read more
Howth walk
Coastal Walk: Howth through Sutton to Baldoyle
Beginning at the seafront at Howth, take a ramble along the picturesque coast.
Malahide marina

Coastal Walk: Malahide to Swords

Overview

Starting at the Marina in Malahide, make your way to the strand passing by the Malahide Yacht Club at Broadmeadows. Walk along the southern bank of the Broadmeadow Estuary, going past Seabury until reaching the Motorway Bridge. From there, you can trundle into the heart of Swords town centre, or continue around the estuary and along the north shore all the way to Donabate. Read more
Malahide boats
Coastal Walk: Malahide to Swords
Starting at the Marina in Malahide, make your way to the strand passing by the Malahide Yacht Club.
beach-donabate-low-tide

Coastal Walk: Donabate to Portrane

Overview

From the shoreline of the railway causeway at Donabate, walk eastwards along the Broadmeadow estuary. Weave your way north by the Balcarrick Golf Course. If you’re feeling adventurous, at this point you could complete a loop around the Island Golf Club, savouring the natural beauty. Whatever you decide, next reach the Martello Tower beside the Waterside Hotel at Donabate.  From there, it’s a straight line to Tower Bay Beach in Portrane – and maybe a quick swim! Read more
The Brook Portrane
Coastal Walk: Donabate to Portrane
From the shoreline of the railway causeway at Donabate, walk eastwards along the Broadmeadow estuary.
Loughshinny Boathouse Artists’ Studio

Coastal Walk: Loughshinny

Overview

Three equal routes of 3.5 kilometres each are on offer in this charming village. The first walk commences at Thomastown and goes around the village itself, taking in the Copper Mines, Flag Quarry, and Smugglers Cave. The second route brings the intrepid walker to Rush, where you can see a fine 18th century thatched farmhouse and Martello Tower. The third route takes in Drumanagh, a very important site housing the remains of the largest promontory fort in Ireland, and the walk ends at Beldungan Castle which dates back to the time of the Knights Templars. Read more
Loughshinny Coastal
Coastal Walk: Loughshinny
Three equal routes of 3.5 kilometres each are on offer in this charming village.
Skerries Square

Coastal Walk: Skerries

Overview

Start your journey at South Shore Esplanade, tracing the outline of the coast as you ring around the Martello Tower and past the Harbour along the North Strand. Follow the rugged coast past the stately Ardgillan Castle and the Lady’s Stairs and make your way to Balbriggan Beach, to be greeted by a Martello Tower. Anyone up for ice cream? Read more
Skerries Coast
Coastal Walk: Skerries
Start your journey at South Shore Esplanade, tracing the outline of the coast as you ring around the Martello Tower and past the Harbour along the North Strand.
Balbriggan

Balbriggan Coastal Walks

Overview

Balbriggan beach is an ideal walking spot. Rich with history and natural vistas. Beyond the Martello Tower, heading further north you will see the imposing structure of Bremore Castle on your left. Read more
Balbriggan beach
Balbriggan Coastal Walks
Rich with history and natural vistas, Balbriggan beach is an ideal walking spot. Beyond the Martello Tower, heading further north you will see the imposing structure of Bremore Castle on your left.

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