There’s no need to go far outside Dublin to find few highlights and memorable experience. There are few stunning places within not even an hour driving from Dublin.
What to see North of Dublin?
- Malahide Castle and Village: This amazing, refurbished castle with an engaging tour, exhibition, beautiful gardens and an expansive walk around the area is situated 16 km north of the city of Dublin. I really enjoyed a castle tour. It takes about 50-60 minutes and the history is said in humoristic way. The village is charming with a very nice promenade.
- Howth: one of the biggest touristic destinations in Ireland. It’s a beautiful old famous fishing village, absolutely worth visiting. Don’t forget to try fish and chips there in one of the marina’s takeaways, it tastes better than anywhere else. You can take a cliff walk around the peninsula. www.freestyletraveling.com/howth/
- Portmarnock beach: my favourite beach in eastern coast, stunning 5 km in length sandy dune beach. We always play beach volleyball there. 🙂
What to see South of Dublin?
- Wicklow Mountains National Park: do not miss this gorgeous wild area of national park. Great places for hiking or admiring stunning scenery of the Lake Lough Tay surrounded by mountains. I’ve walked most of the trails so visit for more information here: www.freestyletraveling.com/category/wicklow-mountains-national-park/
- Wicklow Cliff Walk: really beautiful coastal path if you want to see amazing seals. An hour driving from Dublin there’s small town Wicklow, a starting point for a really beautiful coastal path, just next to a nice golf course, which is nothing surprising in Ireland. Golf courses are everywhere, closer to the cliff than better. 😉 Taking a walk south direction it will lead you to empty beaches and if you’re lucky you can see some seals lying on the stones. We saw hole family lying on the beach. We walked until the lighthouse where you can actually rent a room and admire the see view from the morning.
- Bray city and coastal path: the longest seaside town in Ireland, located 19 km south of Dublin, only 3 minutes from Dart station. Great chance to take a Cliff Walk.
- Enniskerry – (Irish: Eas Chonaill) is the highest waterfall in Ireland. Enniskerry is a village located in County Wicklow. It’s not even an hour driving from Dublin. It’s an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding countryside. The waterfall is on the river Dargle. This beautiful natural attraction is set in the valley in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. The height of the waterfall is around 120 meters.
5. Killiney Hill
– a part of Killiney Park, popular destination for walkers and hikers with the view over the surrounding areas.
Malahide Castle and village.