Blue seas, the smell of seaweed, lovely promenade walks, and lots of birds – sunny weather is best but even on grey, wintry days Dublin Bay has a beauty of its own.
Our advice? Take your time. Hop on the Dart (the commuter train that curves around the bay and gives the best views!) – and discover picture-postcard streets, superb cafés and restaurants, grand piers and wonderful food markets.
Visiting Dublin's coastal villages is like a stroll through history. Howth is famous for its Viking past; Dun Laoghaire is all gracious early 19th century; Malahide gives a glimpse of habitation going as far back as 6000BC around a place called Paddy’s Hill; while Dalkey’s Coliemore Harbour was once an important port for exports – now the stillness is only broken by the bobbing of small fishing boats.
You may have left the buzz of the city centre behind, but there’s still plenty to keep your adrenaline levels up. Go for a bracing dip at the 40 Foot in Sandycove, take an island boat trip from Howth or Malahide, go sailing in Dun Laoghaire or maybe kayak your way up the River Liffey. You could even go hiking in the Dublin Mountains. Besides the spectacular views, these heather-topped hills are packed with legendary tales!