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
- Poolbeg Lighthouse was built in 1768.
- The lighthouse operated with candles as a light source for nearly 20 years.
- Poolbeg Lighthouse is one of a formation of 3 Dublin lighthouses protecting Dublin Bay
- Poolbeg Lighthouse sits at the end of Great South Wall in Dublin.
- Great South Wall was the longest in the world when it was built in the 18th century.
Starting Our Walk at Dublin's Sandymount StrandWe 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.
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Dublin's Poolbeg SmokestacksThe Poolbeg smoke stacks loomed closer.
Walking Dublin's Great South WallWe 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.
Much smaller vessels also shared the channel.
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.
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Retracing Our Steps from Poolbeg Lighthouse to Dublin PortWe 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.
Post-walk Pints in RingsendWe walked into Ringsend Park, a lovely green space.
The Bath pub.
More on Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk PlanningOur 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.