Within a stone’s throw from us, the beach at Portmarnock is also known as the Velvet Strand. This is on account of the beautiful smooth sand that makes up the three miles of Portmarnock Strand.
Not only are we conveniently located next to the airport and just off the M50 but some of Ireland’s Ancient East’s stunningly picturesque coastal villages are just a short drive away. If you enjoy a stroll on the beach, a dip in the sea or you’re a lover of golf then look no further than Portmarnock.
The beach here is backed by sand dunes which lead onto the Portmarnock Championship golf course. These dunes are an important natural feature and are home to a variety of flora and fauna.
Portmarnock beach has been the starting point for two pioneering flights. The most famous of these was the Southern Cross flown by Charles Kingsford Smith for which there is a monument on the beach. In 1930 Smith flew his aircraft from the beach here across the Atlantic and then continued to circumnavigate the world.
The town’s name ((Port Mearnóg) derives from the Irish word port – meaning bank (as in river) - and Saint Marnoch or Mernoc.