Parks and Beaches

Beach Wheelchairs Provision

Sport, Recreation and Leisure

Beach Wheelchair Portmarnock

We successfully introduced a free beach wheelchair service at South Strand Skerries, and Velvet Strand Portmarnock, in 2016. 

These wheelchairs allow visitors with disabilities or mobility restrictions to have easier access to, and enjoyment of, our beaches.

At present there are three beaches with beach wheelchair availability: 

  • Velvet Strand, Portmarnock
  • South Beach, Skerries
  • Balcarrick, Beach Donabate

How do I book a wheelchair?

**The service is free of charge but must be booked in advance to ensure availability – a minimum of 48hrs is preferable.**

Velvet Strand, Portmarnock (Hippocampe Beach Wheelchair Model): 0868222646 or call to the Lifeguard Hut.

The operation hours are 11am to 7pm:

  • Weekends only in June and September (up until the 15th).
  • Daily in July and August.

South Beach, Skerries (Hippocampe Beach Wheelchair Model): Under a pilot scheme, in conjunction with the Active Travel Dep't, this is now available all year round, with bookings made by emailing [email protected] The operating hours are:

  • 1st May to 30th September - 9am to 7pm.
  • All other months – 10am to 4pm.

Shoreline Hotel, Donabate (Hippocampe Beach Wheelchair Model): 018109200 or go to hotel reception.

  • Chairs are available throughout August, from 11am to 7pm.

Are there any terms and conditions?

  • You must fill in our Waiver Form, available at the locations above, before using the service
  • You must present valid photo I.D. showing your current address when collecting the chair
  • Chair users must have a helper in attendance as Fingal staff (Lifeguards or otherwise) or Hotel Staff are not in a position to help the user either into or out of the wheelchair.

Contact Us

For further information please contact:

Maria Mongey, Fingal County Council Water Safety Development Officer on 018905387 or via email:  [email protected]

Beach Wheelchair Portmarnock