14 FebWild Swimming in Dublin and County Kildare
The first of an occasional series focusing on wild swimming venues in the Republic of Ireland
Please note: all of the wild swimming venues covered in this article are more suitable for strong swimmers. If swimming in the sea, always take heed of the warning signs and the lifeguard’s instructions. Thank you.
If you go on the Outdoor Swimming Ireland website, there is a number of established wild swimming venues that are popular with tourists and local swimmers alike. Some of which have been regular spots for several years.
Grand Canal, Milltown
On the Outdoor Swimming website, this is the first and only entry from County Kildare. The site waxes lyrical over its pastoral setting near The Curragh racecourse. At this point is the Grand Canal’s feeder canal into Milltown. It is hard to imagine how this quiet canal reaches the vibrant capital city.
For countless Dubliners, Seapoint has been a traditional swimming venue with holidaymakers flocking to the resort. It is one of the most accessible wild swimming venues with regular bus and DART services from Dublin city centre. Of late the water quality has been hit and miss so check before you go.
The 40 Foot, Dun Laoghaire
Arguably the most famous bathing spot in the Republic of Ireland, The 40 Foot is a short distance from our previous venue. Previously a male only bathing venue, it was immortalised in James Joyce’s Ulysses. As well as being one of Dublin’s most popular wild swimming venues, some hardy swimmers congregate for an annual plunge on Christmas Day.
Like Seapoint, it has excellent DART and bus links, and private car parking nearby. After your dip, you might fancy a trip to the James Joyce Tower and Museum, situated in a nearby Martello Tower.
Swim and Leisure Supplies, 14 February 2017.
Wild swimming in Ireland image by Andreas Lippenberger (via Shutterstock).