23 Sep 2021
Outdoor adventure, tasty seafood, quirky shops, ancient castles and a magical shoreline – the coastal towns and villages of Dublin Bay promise unforgettable trips out of the city.
Stretching from Malahide in the north to Bray in the south, the curving coastline of Dublin Bay provides a splendid setting for a string of charming coastal towns, villages and fishing harbours.
Easily reachable from the city centre via Dublin’s Dart light railway system (as well as by bike, bus and taxi), the bay’s range of coastal escapes offer a breath of salty sea air and a bracing counterpoint to the bustling city streets.
From stunning cliff walks at Howth and paddle boarding in Skerries in the north, or wild swimming at the famous Forty Foot at the southern tip of Dublin Bay, there is a host of things to see and plenty of activities to fill perfect afternoons, day excursions and even overnight stopovers.
South of Dublin, medieval Dalkey, filled with culture, adventure and a wealth of places to eat and drink, is one of Ireland’s most picturesque villages. From the main street, it’s a short walk to the Coliemore Harbour, where you can take a boat trip to Dalkey Island. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can go abseiling or mountain biking at Killiney Hill where there are fantastic views over Dublin Bay. Return to the heart of the village to enjoy sumptuous snacks and beverages in one of the upmarket eateries.
Another elegant stop just 13km from Dublin’s city centre is Dún Laoghaire. It boasts a gorgeous waterfront promenade still as popular with walkers today as it was in the Victorian era, when the town was established. This is the major sea link from Ireland to Britain and France – close your eyes and all you hear is the jangle of the yachts and boats moored in the harbour. Take a Segway tour, go sea kayaking, visit a museum and top it all off with an ice-cream cone on the pier.
Dún Laoghaire Harbour
Malahide Beach, County Dublin
Coliemore Harbour, Dalkey
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