Lots of people think that Greystones got its name from the small grey stones that you can see on South Beach. If you made this mistake, don’t worry. We did too.
In fact Greystones was first named by sailors passing by in their boats in the 18th Century. They saw the grey stone of the rocky headland, where St. David’s Secondary School is now and used call the place ‘The Grey Stones’. Greystones would have been the only bit of real shelter for boats along the East Coast from Wicklow to Bray.
Looking North from South Beach towards Bray you can see the small rocky headland here.
Looking South towards the house called Carrig Eden you can see the grey rocks in this photo.
Here is a photograph of what the grey rocks or as the sailors called them ‘grey stones’ look like close up.