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Killiney Beach

How to Get to Killiney Beach

Getting to Killiney beach couldn’t be easier, from Dublin City Centre Killiney jump on a dart towards grey stones and disembark at the Killiney beach dart station, trains start from before 6 in the morning right the way through to after 10pm.

Dart Service from Killiney

You can also drive however this may not be the best method as parking spaces are limited

Fitzpatrick Castle is only a short drive from the beach (less than 5 minutes) or a 15 minute walk.

More Info:

Life guard – on duty from June – September (12:00 – 18:00)

During June & September the lifeguard is only on Saturdays & Sundays.

Blue flag – Killiney beach has won a Blue Flag Award for 2016

The beach distance/length is 800 meters

Wildlife: Dolphins & Seals

View photos of Dolphins at Killiney Beach here:


Killiney Beach Rules

Dog owners must keep their dogs on a leash once inside designated bathing/lifeguard control areas.

Jet skies are only aloud operating between 7:30 pm and 10 am and keep 300 meters from the shore, a permit must be obtained by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Learn more here

Respect our seals is an initiative from the Irish water safety authority asking people not to feed seals that you may encounter and to keep you distance:

Read more


Visiting Killiney Beach

Killiney beach changes significantly throughout the year and the perfect conditions vary depending on the activity you plan on participating in. The number of visitors vary depending on the time of the year as well as sea temperature and marine life you may encouter.

September – October

September and October are interesting times along the coast of Ireland as new born seal pups enter the world which can be seen at Killiney Beach. One of the reasons for this is that the water is generally at its warmest during September and October after being heated by the sun during the summer.

While the sea at Killiney beach might be warm it might not be that inviting as winter swells begin to pick up.

September to October is ideal for beach walks and maybe a quick dip but a day at the beach is a rarity.

November – January

November to January the winter swells arrive and the majority of sea life dies off as the water temperature drops. While the seals are still around it’s not as common to spot them as they disappear, camouflaged among the waves.

A dip in the sea during this period is not advised by us or the water safety authority of Ireland.

February - April

February to April there are generally fresh breezes sweeping across the beach and as the days get longer and swells die down, life comes back to the beach. February to April are generally the coldest months for sea temperature.   

May – August

As the Sun heats up Seals and Dolphins begin to appear again as well as other signs of sea life like the common jelly fish (which doesn’t sting). While the water temperature is still relatively cold in May it has risen and continues to do so until September.

During July and August, the beaches get busy as schools close for the summer and temperatures rise in the early to mid-twenties.


Cafes & Restaurants Killiney Beach

There is little in lines of lunch time restaurants however on busy days’ ice cream vans and mobile catering units can be found parked on the beach selling take away lunches and ice creams.

The dart station features a small café that supplies snack as well as teas and coffees.

A short walk from Killiney beach is a small café called the Tower Tea Rooms located on the side of Killiney Hill at the north end of the beach, about a 3/4 minute walk from the beach.

The Fitzpatrick Castle is within a 5-minute drive from the beach and is ideal for a family meal after a long day basking in the sun.


Surfing at Killiney Beach

East Coast of Ireland Surfing at Killiney Beach

While the east coast receives little swell during the summer month, during the winter Killiney turns into a mini surf spot for the locals of Dublin and Wicklow. Killiney is considered an advanced surf location when there is a swell so it’s best to avoid for beginners due to the depth of water, please note that there is no surf board rental at the beach.

There are three known surfing spots


At the north side of the beach at the end of vico road you will find white rock and if the swell is right (large southerly swell needed) you can find nice waves

Dart Station:

Just opposite the Killiney Dart Station every so often waves can be found however it is rare.

Killiney Point:

Killiney Point is a very shallow wave that takes a north easterly swell. Located after the dart station

Killiney is not renowned for its surf, it is generally a picture of calm, pleasant scenery with many children playing in the water and on the beach.


Fishing at Killiney Beach

Killiney is a popular beach in South Dublin for shore fishing which is common during the quieter months however during the busy months as more people flock to the beach it tends to have less people fishing at it.

What you can catch at Killiney beach:

  • plaice
  • bass
  • codling
  • dogfish
  • coalfish
  • Pollack
  • Mackerel

Mackerel have been known to of been caught from the beach using feathers and flatfish and bass are most active as the swell picks up.

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