Bird Watching Laytown


Laytown is a small town in County Meath where the River Nanny enters the Irish sea. There is a long sandy beach that runs all the way from Laytown to Mornington at the mouth of the River Boyne. An expansive tidal estuary attracts gulls and waders at low tide. The train station at Laytown has a large car park, but it can often be busy. Additional parking is available on the street.

Just before you cross the pedestrian bridge over the river, there is a path that leads under the railway bridge. This takes you along the estuary which is good at low tide for gulls and waders. You can also follow the river out to the beach where gulls regularly roost.  There are also sand dunes where you can see buntings and chats. Sat Nav co-ordinates for the car park are 53.678448, -6.240908 . It is in Google as “River Nanny Car Park”.

Laytown Beach is only a 10 minute drive from Mornington.