Bull Island is a low lying, dune covered sand spit in Dublin Bay off the coast of the city’s north side. The island, with a sandy beach known as Dollymount Strand running its entire length, is a relatively recent, and inadvertent, result of human intervention in the bay. As a National Nature reserve it is a paradise for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts, and a good place for walking.
How to get there
Bus: Dublin Bus 130 from the city centre to the Bull Wall (aka Wooden Bridge) and mainland side of the south lagoon. Train: DART from Dublin City to Raheny Station. There is a 1 km walk to the causeway which is the main access route onto the island. Car: the island can be accessed by cars etc either via the Bull Bridge (aka Wooden Bridge) or the causeway. Parking is permitted on the causeway but on the beach parking is now restricted to a small area adjacent to the Bull Wall.
Best time to visit
In all seasons waders and wildfowl are best seen from the coastal road or causeway about 1 or 2 hours before high tide. Highest numbers can be seen from autumn to early spring (September to February) but hundreds and occasionally thousands of waders can be seen in the summer months.
Spring and summer are ideal for butterflies and flora in addition to the resident land birds.