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: www.freestyletraveling.com/wicklow/
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 – the biggest waterfall in Ireland. www.freestyletraveling.com/enniskerry-waterfall/
5. Killiney Hill – a part of Killiney Park, popular destination for walkers and hikers with the view over the surrounding areas.