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How to Get Out and Do the Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk in Dublin

Learn about how to take a lengthy Poolbeg Lighthouse walk from Sandymount Strand in Dublin, Ireland. See pictures of Poolbeg Lighthouse, Poolbeg Towers, and Sandymount Strand.
The Sandymount Strand to Poolbeg Lighthouse walk is a favorite local place to walk in Dublin. Read on for a description and photos of our hike to Poolbeg Lighthouse from Sandymount Beach.

Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk Distance

You may be wondering: how far is it from Sandymount Strand to Poolbeg Lighthouse? About 5 km (approximately 3 miles) one way. 

How long does it take to do the Poolbeg Lighthouse walk from Sandymount Beach? About an hour one way.

Poolbeg Lighthouse Facts

  1. Poolbeg Lighthouse was built in 1768.
  2. The lighthouse operated with candles as a light source for nearly 20 years.
  3. Poolbeg Lighthouse is one of a formation of 3 Dublin lighthouses protecting Dublin Bay
  4. Poolbeg Lighthouse sits at the end of Great South Wall in Dublin.
  5. Great South Wall was the longest in the world when it was built in the 18th century.
Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk along Great South Wall from Sandymount Strand in Dublin

Starting Our Walk at Dublin's Sandymount Strand

We started our walk on the beach at Sandymount Strand looking toward the twin towers of Dublin's Poolbeg Power Station. From Sandymount Strand, we hiked through the brush.
Hiking through the brush near Sandymount Strand on the Poolbeg Lighthouse walk
We approached the Irishtown Nature Park and faced a fork in the trail.

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The trail forks at Irishtown Nature Park on the path between Sandymount Strand and Poolbeg Lighthouse

Dublin's Poolbeg Smokestacks

The Poolbeg smoke stacks loomed closer.
Poolbeg towers in Dublin on the Poolbeg Lighthouse walk from Sandymount Strand
We saw a number of people taking a short cut across the sand at low tide on the walk between Sandymount Strand and Poolbeg Towers but we chose to stick to the trail: safety first!
Walkers cutting across the sand at low tide near Sandymount Beach on the Poolbeg Lighthouse walk

Walking Dublin's Great South Wall

We soon approached the starting point of the Great South Wall that juts out into Dublin Bay. Great South Wall was built in the early 1700s and has amazingly withstood the tests of time. 

Make sure to wear sturdy shoes for this hike. The cobbled Great South Wall is uneven and it's easy to trip if you don't watch your footing. 

Also, be mindful of the tides when you plan the timing for your Poolbeg Lighthouse walk. At high tide at certain times of year, the Great South Wall is at least partially under water.
Great South Wall and Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin
Container ships emerged from Dublin Port.
Container ships viewed from the Great South Wall in Dublin
Much smaller vessels also shared the channel.
Small sailboat viewed from Great South Wall in Dublin Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin
We could see Poolbeg Lighthouse standing proud at the end of the wall.

Reaching the Goal of Our Hike: Poolbeg Lighthouse!

We continued walking and finally made it to the end of the Great South Wall - a bit wind blown but definitely enjoying the Autumn sunshine.
Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin
We looked up and admired the bright red facade of the Poolbeg Lighthouse.

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Retracing Our Steps from Poolbeg Lighthouse to Dublin Port

We retraced our steps and hiked back toward the Poolbeg Power Station. We decided to walk along the road to Ringsend rather than take the trail all the way back to Sandymount Beach. We spotted an old stone structure and garden along the way.
Old stone structure and garden near Ringsend in Dublin after completing the Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk
We saw containers piled high.
Dublin container port on the way home from our Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk
The road was a bit desolate; not nearly as scenic as the trail between Sandymount Strand and the Poolbeg Lighthouse.

Post-walk Pints in Ringsend

We walked into Ringsend Park, a lovely green space.
Ringsend Park in Dublin after our Poolbeg Lighthouse walk from Sandymount Strand
After nearly 10 miles of walking, we decided to stop for a well deserved break at The Bath pub.
Bathtub at the Bath Pub in Dublin
We tried two bottled craft brews: Goose Island India Pale Ale and O'Hara Irish Pale Ale.
Goose Island and O'Hara IPA at the Bath Pub in Dublin Inside the Bath Pub in Dublin
We sipped our beer in the light filled pub - very refreshing compared to the usual dark interiors of most Dublin pubs. I suppose the decor was, well, bath colored.  There were even some bath related knick-knacks in the cubby holes near the door.

More on Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk Planning

Our hike from Sandymount Strand to Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin was longer than we expected but it was invigorating on a brisk Fall day. 

I recommend either calling a taxi with Free Now App or walking back from Poolbeg Lighthouse via Sandymount Strand for more scenic views along the way. 

We definitely recommend the Poolbeg Lighthouse walk from Sandymount Beach as a top walk in Dublin. The route is ideal for a half-day excursion.

Don't forget to check the tides when planning your walk. This will determine if you can take the shortcut across Sandymount Strand and will also help avoid disappointment or even danger. You don't want to risk getting cut-off at the Poolbeg Lighthouse at high tide.

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Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk from Sandymount Strand

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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: How to Get Out and Do the Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk in Dublin
How to Get Out and Do the Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk in Dublin
Learn about how to take a lengthy Poolbeg Lighthouse walk from Sandymount Strand in Dublin, Ireland. See pictures of Poolbeg Lighthouse, Poolbeg Towers, and Sandymount Strand.
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog