Unfortunately, though, Wicklow also has – like the rest of Ireland – some of the most unexpectedly random weather.
Warm blue-sky days can quickly change to overcast and dull. And oftentimes, unannounced winds can sweep across the sea bringing rain with them, and turning a beach day from the top to please stop.
While the mid-year months in Ireland are much warmer than Winter, they too can pose a threat to a day at the beach. However, being from the island of Ireland, locals have become accustomed to this reality.
We may not have the endless Summer sun some of our neighbours boast or the consistent patches of weather which make beach days and planning BBQs as simple as pie.
What we do have, however, is an endless array of stunning sandy beaches and the tenacity against the Irish weather, which keeps the beaches busy year-round – even if that means you’re in an overcoat!
These five best beaches in Wicklow are certainly worth a visit, no matter what time of year. Whereas the Summer months attract throngs looking for a splash around and to catch some rays, Winter is also a picturesque time to see these stretches of sand and take a stroll.
5. Ennereilly Beach
Set in Ballinaskea, County Wicklow is this small local beach. The hidden gem is one of the best in Wicklow as it offers its visitors uninterrupted fishing and sea angling opportunities.
Due to its neat size and equally small carpark facility, arrive early in Summer months to snag a good plot of golden sand before the place busies up.
The landscape of this beach includes giant rocks, swaying dunes, velvety sand and a pebble beach meaning it’s fun to explore and a great place for a day outdoors.
There is a small car park available at Ennereilly Beach and a basic parking fee applies.
Location: Ballinaskea, Co. Wicklow
4. Greystones Beach
This super-popular beach in Wicklow is a favourite of families with kids due to its “Blue flag” Status. Blue Flag beaches are those which offer top standards of “water quality, information provision, environmental education, safety and beach management.”
This beach offers its visitors a mixture of soft sand and pebbles which dot the shoreline. The stretch runs over a kilometre and due to its accessible nature – being located beside the Greystones DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) train station – is often busy on balmy days from Spring through Autumn.
Another draw making this beach a popular hangout is that amenities exist in abundance. Shops, eateries, bars, restaurants, general stores, playgrounds and so on, all exist side-by-side with the sand.
Location: Greystones, Co. Wicklow
3. Magheramore Beach
One of the best beaches in Wicklow has certainly got to be Magheramore Beach. An absolute haven on a sunny day, this paradise stretch of sand is a favourite of locals who love to get lost and feel like they could be in the South of France.
Fine, golden sand, green wild cliffs and an endless sea of blue await crowds daily and while this “hidden gem” has been somewhat uncovered in recent years, it remains laid-back and local in comparison to other beaches such as Brittas Bay or Greystones.
There are no additional amenities (bar a small car park charging €5 per day) at this beach but bonus points go for the fact that it’s somewhat more secluded, while still being populated.
Location: Magheramore, Co. Wicklow
2. Silver Strand Beach
This local gem has got to be one of the best beaches in Wicklow. Surrounded by dramatic cliff faces which shelter the sand and calm the shoreline, this is the perfect place for the family.
Although small in size, this beach is usually frequented by locals who come for out-of-season strolls, whereas in the Summer months, the sand is packed with families, groups of friends and couples, picnic baskets, sun shades and the nostalgic waft of sunscreen.
The Wolohan’s Silver Strand Caravan & Camping is a neighbour to this stunning beach and makes for the perfect holiday stay with this beach as your back yard through the Summer months.
Location: Bray, Co. Wicklow
1. Brittas Bay Beach
It may be the most popular entry, but a list of best beaches in Wicklow wouldn’t be complete without Brittas Bay.
Although this beach is tremendously popular, it is also large meaning there’s space for everyone. The only downside, however, is limited-space car parks can lead to overcrowding on the roads running up to it, so arrive early to avoid disappointment on sunny days.
Shallow waters, good vantage points (for keeping an eye on the kids!) and lifeguards make this one of the best places to spend a sunny day in Wicklow.
Location: Brittas, Co. Wicklow