The Springers Bathing Area, Skerries

May 2010

The plaque at the entrance calls this spot The Springers Bathing Area. Apparently the name derives from ‘springboards’ which used to be located here many years ago. This is an attractive, well maintained swimming spot.

There are actually two swimming places here, almost side by side, but The Springers is the better of the two. It’s a flat concrete area, with places to leave your clothes and steps into the water. The entrance is wheelchair and buggy accessible and is a credit to Fingal County Council and the local community who maintain it.

The Springers is also a sociable place for o swim, with the local swimming group, The Skerries Frosties, meeting for a swim every day throughout the year – see photos below ( 11am weekdays, 12 noon weekends and bank holidays).

The water here is clear, there is good depth and you also have nice views as you swim out toward the Skerries islands, which the Frosties do on a regular basis

However, there are warning signs which say ‘Strong Currents’ and ‘Competent Swimmers Only’ so don’t ignore them.

The main Skerries beach is nearby, which is long, sandy and good for kids. Behind The Springers is a grassy area, with seats and further along there is a decent sized playground. Behind the main beach there are well maintained public toilets.

All in all this is a really good swimming spot.


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From Dublin you take the M1 Belfast road. You leave it at Exit 4, signposted R 132 for Skerries. Follow the various signposts all the way into the town. You then drive through the town and watch out for the road to the harbour. Follow it as it swings around past the harbour which will lead you to the parking area near the playground.

Skerries is also served by Dublin Bus – check out

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