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Information for Visitors

Welcome to Skerries

If you are travelling to Skerries Sailing Club and visiting Skerries the following information and links we hope will prove useful:

A brief history...

Skerries is a small seaside fishing town in Fingal. The name comes from the Norse word skere which became the Irish na sceirí which means the rocks.

Historically, Skerries was an active fishing port and later a major centre of hand embroidery, while in the 20th century, it became a resort town, and a dormitory town for Dublin commuters.

The two Martello towers in Skerries at Red Island and Shenick Island are part of a chain of such towers constructed in the early 19th century. They were to serve as protection from Napoleonic French armies (In the scenario of an invasion) and as an early warning system for attacks.

If travelling by car...

Skerries is 33 km from Dublin City Centre and 23 KM from Dublin Airport. We are 15 minutes off the Dublin- Belfast motorway. Parking near Skerries Sailing Club...

There are several (free) car parks (and room for boat trailers) available on Red Island (the harbour headland!). To get ton Red Island, continue on Harbour Road, passed Skerries Sailing Club, the road will naturally curve to the right as you approach pier, simple follow the road to the car parks (a 3 to 5 min walk).  Otherwise Skerries has pay-and-display system, so ensure you check the signage for current rates and payment methods. Whether you have your own transport or are traveling by train, we are easily reached from all the larger towns and cities on the East Coast.

Top Attractions and Activities

  1. Skerries Mills: A highlight of Skerries, this historic site features two windmills and a watermill dating back to the 16th and 18th centuries. Guided tours provide insights into the milling process, and there's a café on-site for refreshments (The Irish Road Trip) (Skerries Homepage).
  2. Skerries Coastal Walk: This scenic walk starts at the South Shore Esplanade and takes you along the coastline, offering views of the Martello Tower and Barnageeragh Bay. It's a great way to experience the natural beauty of the area (The Irish Road Trip) (Excursion Elixir).
  3. Ardgillan Castle: Located between Skerries and Balbriggan, this 18th-century manor house is surrounded by beautiful gardens and woodlands. Visitors can tour the castle, enjoy the park, and even have afternoon tea in the drawing room (Visit dublin).
  4. North and South Beaches: Skerries boasts two main beaches. North Beach is sheltered and ideal for families, while South Beach is more rugged and popular with surfers and experienced swimmers (Visit dublin) (TravelAwaits).


1. Goat in the Boat: A nautical-themed café (on the harbour) that also functions as a lifestyle store. It serves excellent coffee and homemade ice cream.

2. Olive Café: Offering a mix of Irish and Mediterranean dishes. Known for its homemade cakes and friendly atmosphere.

3. Storm in a Teacup: A quaint stone cottage located at the harbours edge on Red Island. It offers a unique setting with upturned boats as seats where you can enjoy an ice cream.

4. The Watermill Café: Located near the Skerries Mills, this café offers a cozy atmosphere with both sweet and savory options.

Bars and Restaurants  

1. Joe Mays Pub: This historic pub (on the harbour), dating back to 1865, offers a cozy atmosphere and sea views. It's a great spot to enjoy a pint and soak in the local vibe (The Irish Road Trip).

2. Blue Bar: Known for its seafood and stunning harbour views, Blue Bar (on the harbour) is a favorite for both locals and visitors. Don't miss their famous chicken wings (TravelAwaits).

3. Stoop Your Head: This restaurant (on the harbour) serves a variety of seafood dishes, including crispy tempura prawns and crab claws. It's an excellent spot for a casual meal (Visit dublin) (TravelAwaits)

4. 5 Rock: A trendy restaurant (on the harbour) offering a fusion of Irish and international cuisine with artisanal cocktails. Excursion Elixir

6. Potager: Is an quality foodie destination with its emphasis on Irish produce and fine dining experience. Visit Dublin

Cultural and Historical Sites

1. Martello Towers: These historical fortifications offer a glimpse into Skerries' military past and provide panoramic views of the coast (Excursion Elixir).

2. St. Patricks Footprint: Located on Shenick Island, this site is believed to be where St. Patrick first set foot in Ireland. Accessible at low tide, it's a fascinating historical spot (TravelAwaits).

3. Floraville Gardens: A beautiful and serene park perfect for a leisurely stroll or a quiet picnic (Excursion Elixir).

For more detailed information and planning your visit, check out the official Skerries website and Visit Dublins guide to Skerries.

Also some useful links:

Things to do in Skerries

Parking in Skerries

Adgillan Castle

Skerries Mills

Enjoy your trip to Skerries!

Last updated 6:08pm on 5 July 2024

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