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Forty Foot
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Melanie M.Forty Foot

Time Out Says

A promontory on Scotsman’s Bay where hardy swimmers have dipped into the Irish Sea for over 250 years

A seemingly summer-only destination, this Sandycove pool attracts swimmers all year round – rain, shine, or snow. It isn’t for the faint-hearted, and you’ll never hear a Forty Foot swimmer admit more than “the water’s a bit nippy.” Many believe the clean, deep, icy waters are good for their health. If you want to fit in, descend the seaside stairs without complaint. The name’s origins remain a mystery, but it certainly does not refer to the water’s depth. Exercise caution before diving in. Now open to those of all genders and ages, Forty Foot was once a gentleman’s only spot popular among nudists.

Time Out tip: Climb to nearby overlook for an ideal vantage point of the swimmers, seals, and surroundings. Forty Foot looks especially magical as the sun starts to set.

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Written by
Elizabeth Smith


Strathdoon, 24 Marlborough Rd, Glenageary, Dublin 4
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