Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Seapoint Beach

After our first trip South to Dun Laoghaire, we decided there was more to be seen.  Now the proud owners of used bicycles, we are able to travel anywhere in Dublin (or South County Dublin!) with relative ease.  Besides, it's all downhill to the ocean, no matter where in the world you live.

Two bicycles are locked above a street vent in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Locking up the bikes at Dun Laoghaire

A hand is stained with chain grease from a bicycle chain in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland
We took the bikes from home down to Dun Laoghaire for another quick visit.  We explored a little more of the village before lunchtime.  For lunch, we decided to check out a little seaside spot down a lane we had passed on the road to Dun Laoghaire.  The road leads down to Seapoint Beach, a stone and sand space set aside for public sea access and recreation.

Stone steps lead down the the water at Seapoint Beach Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Seapoint Beach
The beach is home to one of Dublin's famous cannon turrets, used to defend the Bay from attack.  Now the cannon tower is home to a local historical society- and a beach changing room.  The beach is used by a large number of locals and tourists for sea swimming access.  The beach isn't of soft, white sand like the tropical beaches of travel brochures.  This beach is rounded boulders and pebbles.  To make the water more accessible, the local beach committee has built swimming ramps.  These concrete ramps go down from the sidewalk of the beach over the boulders into the deeper waters farther from the shore.  A barefoot swimmer need only be aware of the slippery concrete while walking safely over the rocks.  What a great idea!

Sailboats in Dublin Bay seen from Seapoint Beach in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland
More Sailboats
We ate lunch while watching the swimmers going out into the deep, chilly waters of the bay.  The ferries to Wales and freighters passed by in the distance on their slow journeys while sailboats from Dun Laoghaire enjoyed the day out.  The lunch was good, the air was salty, and the water of the Bay was cold. 

We'll be back to this beach when we have some more time.

Cory crouches down to touch the water of Dublin Bay in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Can't Resist

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