1. Cliff Walk Howth Head
Howth Head, a peninsula 15km northeast of Dublin City, is a bustling village that offers visitors a myriad of attractions – look out for Lambay Island, Ireland’s Eye, Howth Castle, The National Transport Museum, the Martello Tower and the Baily Lighthouse. On a good day you'll see everything around the bay as well as down into the village of Howth. It's a 6km walk that raises up to 130m so it's a bit challenging, but the good news is that at the end of it you'll be able to enjoy the magic of Howth village and some epic seafood.
Directions- Get the Dart directly to Howth by walking 7 minutes to Tara street station from our city centre location.
2. Red Island, Skerries
Start at the old monument in the North of the town and try to time the walk with low tide so you can walk out as far as possible. Although this is fast becoming part of Dublin, it has a seaside village feel to it and you feel as if you are hundreds of miles away. Make sure to stop in for food in the town.
Every trail and path in Skerries inevitably has views of the sea and surrounding landscape. The 2.5-kilometre long South Beach is a sandy walk between the Irish Sea and the seaside town. You can also walk from the South Beach along a sand bank to Shenick Island during the low tide, if you are feeling adventurous and are a good swimmer as tides can change quickly. As an alternative to walking out to Shenick Island, as well as St. Patrick’s and Colt islands, you can travel by kayak before exploring on foot. These islands are also fantastic spots to admire vast numbers of seabirds. Along Balbriggan Road, you can also walk along a scenic promenade overlooking the North Beach.
Directions- Get the number 33 Dublin Bus from right outside our doorstep on Gardiner Street or the Dart from Tara Street.
Stunning views across the bay and a great place for a walk or jog no matter the weather.
The Promenade offers truly stunning scenic views over Dublin Bay, this is where warm summer strolls turn into more bracing winter walks as October comes to a close. There is a pedestrian walkway that runs for the full 3 km of the Promenade and joggers can use this or the softer terrain of the grassed areas.
There are lots of places to stop for refreshments along the way, whether you are looking for a coffee, an ice cream or something more substantial. Several car parks along the route make this location highly accessible to visitors.
Directions- Get the 130 bus from BusAras garage right beside us.
4. Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk
This walk is about 10km. The views along the cliff walk are why you came here. It’s fantastic, and very much like Howth head to the north.
The railway line runs along the outside of the cliff. It was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel – the greatest engineer of the 19th Century, if not all time – but is known as Brunel’s Folly, as it had to be diverted a number of times. Well, nobody's perfect. You can see one disused tunnel from where the line collapsed in 1867 and had to be moved further in.
You can actually see dolphins out at sea here sometimes, if you’re lucky. For the last few years they have been coming up as far as Killiney Bay quite regularly. Keep an eye out.
Directions- Get the Dart from Tara Station to Bray Station
5. The Great South Wall Walk
You could not be any more in the middle of Dublin Bay if you tried - the path along the South Wall is pretty wide, like a promenade. It's a 4km walk, and takes between 30-40 minutes depending how brisk a pace you decide to walk.
When you reach the lighthouse at the end of the pier you'll have stunning views no matter which way you look. If you're facing towards the southside you'll be able to take in view of Dun Laoghaire, and Killiney head as well as the mountains in the background on a clear day.
You also may witness some ships and trawlers coming into the port, and the Eastlink bridge rising for them which is quite impressive to watch.
Directions- Get the number 1 Dublin Bus from Lower O'Connell Street