Birding Great South Wall

The Great South Wall is a  popular walk in Dublin. It is the pier wall that stretches from Dublin Port all the way to the Poolbeg Lighthouse. The wall was constructed over 200 years ago to reduce the amount of silt in the Port. There are wonderful views of Dublin City, Bull Island, Howth Head and the Dublin and Wicklow mountains.

Approximately 4 Kilometres for the round trip to the Lighthouse, the Great South Wall is a good place to view terns in Summer. Black Guillemots regularly sit along the wall and they are so used to walkers, you can get very close to them. In winter,  it is not unusual to see Red Throated Divers or Great Northern Divers here. You can also see Kittiwakes, Teal, Wigeon, Gulls and a variety of smaller birds. Rare birds, such as Bonaparte’s Gull drop in occasionally.

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You can walk from Sandymount Strand all the way to the Great South Wall. The start of the wall is adjacent to Shelly Banks