Leisure & Parks

Balbriggan Harbour | Balbriggan Beach | Ardgillan Castle | Balbriggan Golf Club | Wavin Lake | Bremore Castle

Balbriggan Harbour

balbriggan_harbourBalbriggan is a vibrant seaside town with facilities to suit all ages. Whether you are a young couple starting out together, single and enjoying life, married and raising a young family or retired and looking to enjoy your golden years, Balbriggan is the place to be…

Balbriggan’s harbour is a hive of activity when it’s fishing fleet who give the harbour it’s vibrancy return from the sea. On any given day if you visit the harbour when the fishing boats return, you can’t help but get excited. The fleet is followed closely by the resident seals and the battle between the seals and the seagulls for the best pickings is a sight to behold There is no place like it regardless of the weather!

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Balbriggan Beach

balbriggan_beachBalbriggan is home to a beautiful sandy beach which is only two minutes from Balbriggan town centre and the train station. On a fine day you can see the mountains of Mourne across the stretch of water. A large colony of seals inhabit the coastline at Hampton and can regularly be seen around the harbour, especially when the fishing boats head home after their time out at sea.

Lifeguards are on duty during the weekends for the month of June and full time for July and August. Watch out for the lifeguard flag which is always flying when the lifeguards are on duty.

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Ardgillan Castle

ardgillan_castle_balbrigganArdgillan Castle and Demesne is situated in North County Dublin on an elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries, 20 miles north of Dublin City. The demesne is well signposted off the M1.

The park consists of 194 acres of rolling open grassland, mixed woodland and gardens, overlooking the Irish Sea with views of Mourne Mountains to the north and Lambay to the south-east. Ardgillan is a sanctuary for many species of animals, mammals and birds for which the wooded areas provide a safe retreat from surrounding agricultural land.

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Balbriggan Golf Club

balbriggan_golf_clubFounded in 1945 Balbriggan Golf Club, located just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport and just off the M1 motorway, is now among the premier parkland courses in Leinster. Balbriggan Golf Club is included in Golf Digest’s top 100 golf course in Ireland.

Balbriggan Golf Club has undergone major redevelopment. The blend of mature trees and newly designed water hazards provides golfers with variety and a challenging round. New members, visitors and societies are always welcome at Balbriggan Golf Club.

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Wavin Lake

DSCN7884The Wavin lake is approximately 26 acres set in a wild life sanctuary. The Lake was man made in the early nineteenth century (1826) to provide water for the Cotton Mills in the Balbriggan area. It was acquired by Wavin, the country’s largest manufacturer and distributor of PVC pipe systems, in 1974 to augment the Balbriggan water supply to the factory, so as to ensure a constant level of water for the plant’s cooling process.

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Bremore Castle

bremore_castleBuilt around the 16th century, the castle had fallen into disrepair and the upper stories had collapsed however, over the last number of year Fingal County Council, in conjunction with FAS and Balbriggan & District Historical Society are restoring the castle based on how the castle appears in antiquarian drawings.

The exterior stonework has recently been completed and the extensive scaffolding has been removed. The focus now is on weatherproofing the building and on the internal fit out of the castle which is estimated will take up to two years to complete. The castle is currently not open to the public.

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