Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk: A Walk For The Weekend That’ll Banish The Cobwebs

Where to start the walk, history + more

poolbeg lighthouse walk
Photo by Robert Linsdell via Wikicommons

The Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk (officially known as the Great South Wall Walk), is one of the best walks in Dublin.

This is a lovely 4km stroll that’s perfect for kick-starting your weekend.

In this guide, we’ll take you through everything you need to know if you fancy giving this a crack.

And yes… this is the walk that takes you out to see the fat little red lighthouse.

Some quick info on the Great South Wall Walk

  • Starting point: The car park near Pigeon House Road
  • Time to walk: I’ve done it in 60 minutes during the summer but allow 80 to be safe
  • Clothing needed: It gets pretty damn windy on this walk, so dress appropriately

The Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk

The Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk is a gorgeous coastal walk that’ll blow off the thickest of cobwebs.

This walk takes you 4km out into the middle Dublin Bay along the Great South Wall.

So expect it to be pretty damn cold and windy.

Yo, tourists: A visit to the Poolbeg Lighthouse is perfect for those of you wondering what to do in Dublin that’ll take you a little off the beaten path without heading too far from the city.

Where to start the Great South Wall Walk

Starting the great south wall walk
Photo by Giuseppe Milo via Wikimedia Commons

We’ll break this down for those visiting from the north and south sides of the city:

Starting the Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk from the north side:

  • Head to the Eastlink toll bridge
  • Cross through the toll and keep going until you come to a big ass roundabout
  • Take the exit that’s directly opposite to you
  • Take the left turn around 200 metres up this road to take you onto Pigeon House Road
  • It’ll turn to the left not long after you get onto it
  • Keep going until you reach the car park

Starting the Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk from the south side:

  • Head to the Eastlink toll bridge
  • Take the exit that’s directly opposite to the road that leads to the Eastlink toll
  • Take the left turn around 200 metres up this road to take you onto Pigeon House Road
  • It’ll turn to the left not long after you get onto it
  • Keep going until you reach the car park

About the Great South Wall

The construction of the Great South Wall started back in 1716.

The wall, which was then known as ‘The Piles’, was completed around 1729, and was regarded as a considerable engineering achievement at the time.

A grand aul fact: when the Great South Wall was built it was 3 miles long. It was the world’s longest sea wall.

Poolbeg Lighthouse was built in 1768 and initially operated on candlepower.

According to multiple sources, it was the first lighthouse in the world to do so. It later change to oil (in 1786) and the lighthouse was redesigned and rebuilt again in 1820.

Have you given this walk a crack? Let me know in the comments below!

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