Brittas Bay is one of the most popular family beaches on the East coast. It is well used by people from Dublin, Wicklow and surrounding areas.
Brittas is a fine stretch of beach which must be 4-5kilometres long and backed by sandy dunes. It is good for walking as well as swimming. This is a good place for kids to swim as there is a gradual depth to the water.
It can be breezy on Brittas but at the southern end there is a smaller, more sheltered beach which many of the regulars use. In good weather during the summer it can get very busy so expect traffic and all that goes with it. However, the beach is long and if you are prepared to walk you won’t be sitting on top of one another.
There are two large car parks, both with basic toilet facilities. The northern one is slightly less busy but it does have a sign at the beach entrance which reads , ‘Danger, Uneven Beach, Currents’, so be warned. . Parking in the summer has to be paid for. Both car parks are tarmacadamed but wheelchair access is spoiled as you run into soft sand before you get to the harder sand on the beach. With a small effort it is buggy accessible.
Lifeguards are on duty in the summer months.
Brittas Bay South and North are Blue Flag beaches
From Dublin it’s about a 60km drive, taking just over an hour, on the N11. When you come to what is known as ‘Jack Whites Cross Roads ‘there is a left turn signposted Brittas Bay. This road leads you directly to the main car park. A left turn here, past this car park, will lead you to the northern car park .