Balcarrick Beach

Balcarrick Beach 5

Balcarrick Beach has been awarded Blue Flag Status and a Green Flag in 2022 see details 

Balcarrick Beach is a long sandy beach, 3.4 kilometres long.

It has a large area filled with sandy dunes and rock pools.

The route for the coastal walk from Donabate to Portrane is displayed on boards at the Tower Bay Car Park and the Beach Car Park, Donabate.


The main access point to Balcarrick Beach is at its northern end in the vicinity of the Waterside Hotel.

The beach is a 20-minute walk from Donabate Village, which is accessible by the 33b Dublin Bus service or via Irish Rail.

If you would prefer to travel by car, please see the Google map link at the Location sidebar on the right of this page to plan your route.

Facilities include a public car park, public toilets and lifeguard station during summer months only.

The sand dunes on Balcarrick Beach are an important natural feature. They are sensitive and we want to preserve them. To avoid harming them, please avoid walking and playing on the dunes and the surrounding grass.

When the tide is out, there are lots of interesting creatures to see in the rock pools. As the rocks can be slippy, please be careful.

Balcarrick 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