Brittas Bay. One of the East Coast’s Finest Beaches.

Brittas Bay offers a 5km Stretch of Fine White Sand
We bet you didn’t know that there was an EU Blue Flag beach within an hour’s drive of Kippure Estate! The Blue Flag is only awarded to the best beaches across Europe, and Brittas Bay has won one for five consecutive years. If you’re looking for something to do for a day trip from Kippure Estate, you can head to a serene, sandy stretch of beach with options for going out sailing, surfing, sunbathing, swimming and taking scenic walks. There are also networks of sand dunes, creating a unique and breathtaking landscape.
The sands of Brittas Bay are fine, white and powdery, stretching over three miles down the eastern coast. It’s a tranquil beach, and when the sun is out you can have a great day sunbathing and swimming alone. You can soak up the sun while your kids play in the sea, relishing in the clean, peaceful surroundings of the beach. Don’t worry; lifeguards are on duty throughout the warmer months when people will be bathing! Likewise, taking a relaxing stroll down the length of the bay is a great addition to your day trip.
The landscape of the beach is defined by the sand dunes. They cover a total of 250 acres, and the intricate system of dunes produces some spectacular scenery, along with occasional grassland areas and ferns. The sand dunes are a proposed Special Area of Conservation, thanks to the rare plant and animal species that reside there. This makes the dunes fantastic to explore, for both walkers and nature fanatics alike.
There is also a surf school at Brittas Bay, which offers an exhilarating introduction to the art of surfing which is suitable for kids. The instructors are all qualified to teach surfing, and also hold lifeguard qualifications and certificates in Child Protection. Safety is the prime concern, and everybody receives an extensive briefing before hitting the water. Equipment is provided, and kids get to have fun out on the water – leaving parents free to lounge on the beach.
It takes less than an hour to drive out to Brittas Bay from Kippure Estate, so it can be comfortably completed as a day trip. There’s a public car park, and our staff can give you driving directions. It’s located to the south of Wicklow, near Ballinacarrig.
Still looking for more ideas? The last article in the series introduces Wicklow’s Historic Gaol, a unique day trip close to KippureEstate
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