SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: It is also well-worth spending some time in Dublin City Centre. Check out our huge list of one day Dublin City itineraries to keep you busy.
Visit North Bull Island Dublin Two Hours Before High TideI've read that the best birdwatching times are a couple hours before high tide. When we arrived at the entrance to North Bull Island, the grass peeked out in the marshy area below the causeway out to the island. Dublin's iconic Poolbeg smokestacks stood vigil in the distance.
Birdwatching on Dublin's North Bull Island
On the other side of the Bull Island causeway, I looked out through my binoculars and quickly spotted birds. They were everywhere!
Walking on, we picked our way through tall grasses rustling in the wind moving north toward the tip of Bull Island.
We spotted a reed bunting in the distance balancing precariously.
We crept closer and spotted a group of ringed plovers hanging out on a small patch of dry ground as the tide came in around them. Such beautiful birds!
SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: Looking for other places to go for a hike in Dublin? Why not walk Sandymount Beach and onward to the Poolbeg Lighthouse?
Beautiful Views on a Nature Walk on North Bull Island Dublin
At the very northern tip of Bull Island, we were rewarded with gorgeous views of Howth Head. Just beyond Howth Head is another fantastic birdwatching spot in Dublin that I recommend checking out: Ireland's Eye.
North Bull Island BeachWe walked carefully to the edge of the Bull Island and made our way down onto the beach.
We strolled back the way we had come and spotted all sorts of amazing shells along the way.
Wrapping Up Our Bull Island Walk at High Tide
By the time we finished our walk around North Bull Island, it was definitely high tide and the channel under the causeway used to walk onto the island was flooded.
Post-Hike Coffee Near Bull Island DublinWe finished our afternoon adventure in the suburbs of Dublin with a stop at Perkulicious for coffee and a snack in their outdoor garden. It was a perfect end to a perfect sunny day on North Bull Island!
Map of Our North Bull Island Dublin Walk
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