Velvet Strand Beach Portmarnock

Velvet Strand is a 5km long sandy beach in Portmarnock. It has a large area filled with sandy dunes and there’s hotels, restaurants and golf courses nearby.

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Velvet Strand beach is in Portmarnock. 

How to get there

Velvet Strand beach has several pedestrian access points.

By bus

Get the 32B or 42 from Dublin City Centre. There’s a bus stop at the beach. Check Dublin Bus for timetables and service updates.

By train

Get the train/DART service to Portmarnock Station. It’s about a 50 minute walk from the train station to the beach. Check Irish Rail for timetables and service updates.

By car

See the google map at the end of this page.


Public car park
Public toilets
Lifeguard station (summer months only)

Lifeguard information

There’s a red or yellow flag flying from the lifeguard station when a lifeguard is on duty. A lifeguard is only on duty in the summer months from 11am to 7pm as follows;

  • Saturday and Sunday during June
  • everyday during July and  August

The Sand Dunes

The sand dunes on Velvet Strand North Beach are an important natural feature. They are sensitive and we want to preserve them – some of the dunes are fenced off at times. To avoid harming them, please don’t walk or play on the dunes and the surrounding grass.

Bathing Water Quality

Portmarnock Beach is an identified beach under the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 (SI No. 79 of 2008). The water quality is monitored regularly from mid-June to mid-September every year.  Water quality results are available on the beach noticeboard and on the EPA website

Any water quality issues at our beaches are reported on our Water Pollution Incidents section. We also place notices at the beach, and you can also find the incident report at .