Submitted by Colette
“I live in Balbriggan, Co Dublin and swim here most days with a group of ladies.
We call ourselves the Balbriggan Swimming Socks, check us out on FB.
The coast line is very long with a huge choice of beaches.
The King’s Strand which is beside the Martello tower has a slipway, so people use it for lots of water sports. There is a concrete platform with steps into the sea. This means you don’t get sand everywhere.”
Visitbalbriggan.ie writes: “The beach stretching north from the Martello Tower is called King’s Strand. Walking along to the north end of King’s Strand you can spot The Sailors Grave, a mound of stones so called as it commemorates the dead of the ships such as the Belle Hill and Sarah of Runcorn that were wrecked off the nearby Cardy Rocks. Tradition has it that visitors add a stone to the cairn. A plaque was placed here in 2013 to commemorate the lost lives. You can walk along this stretch of coastline eventually arriving at the long beaches of Gormanston. (Note, this is a natural terrain without a man-made footpath).”