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.
Velvet Strand beach is in Portmarnock.
How to get there
Velvet Strand beach has several pedestrian access points.
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.
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.
See the google map at the end of this page.
Public car park
Lifeguard station (summer months only)
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 www.splash.epa.ie.