Bull Island, Co. Dublin

Oileán an Tairbh Thuaidh, Co. Baile Átha Cliath



North Bull Island (Oileán an Tairbh Thuaidh ), better known as Bull Island, is an island 1 km wide and more than 5km long of dunes, scrub and marsh in Dublin Bay.


Bull Island, the nearby mudflats and a saltmarsh were created as silt and sand built up in the bay once the construction of North Bull Wall, proposed by Captain William Bligh, was completed in 1825.

There are two golf clubs on Bull island while Dollymount Strand on the east side of the island is known for swimming and for kite-surfing. Dollymount Strand featured in Irish films such as Michael Collins and The Van.


The salt marsh on the island is a UNESCO sanctuary for water and sea birds while the island itself has rabbits, foxes and native insects such as butterflies and ladybugs. Plants on Bull Island include some species of wild orchids.



Bull Island is accessed by Bull Road from Dollymount and Causeway Road from Raheny. Paths crisscross the dunes and Dollymount Strand is popular for an extended walk with views of Howth Head, the harbour area and the twin chimneys at Poolbeg.

Further information Bull Island, Co. Dublin can be found at www.dublincity.ie

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