Bray Harbour

Wicklow  >  Ireland

A small harbour at the mouth of the Dargle River, with two small piers extending into the Irish Sea.

Added by Stephen McAvoy


The harbour has a long established herd of Mute Swan which are regularly fed by passers-by. This in turn attracts a significant number of gulls into the harbour, as well as a wintering flock of Ruddy Turnstone. In summer, Kittiwake from the nearby breeding colonies on Bray Head use the area for bathing and loafing.

Rock Pipit can give good views along the pier, while auks such as Razorbill and Common Guillemot are regular offshore. During autumn and winter storms, large numbers of Little Gull can be seen passing by, with some resting in the harbour.

This site has been relaible wintering site for Ring-billed Gull in recent years, which roosts in the harbour, or can be seen foraging along the Promenade south of the harbour.



Easily accessible by train and bus, with Bray Station only 10 minutes walk away. There is a small car park at the harbour itself.

Terrain and Habitat

Sea, River, City/village



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter, Autumn


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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Other birds you can see here


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