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.
James Joyce Tower: For a free peek into the life and work of Dublin icon, James Joyce
The Butler’s Pantry: For fresh bread, baked goods, and take-away home cooked meals
Fitzgerald’s of Sandycove: For pints and potations in a refined pub setting
Teddy’s Ice Cream: For a 99 straight from the source