Dublin has more than enough to fill a holiday. With Grand Canal Dock DART Station on our door step, hop on the dart and travel the sweep of Dublin Bay to uncover a whole heap of treasures from pretty villages filled with living history to fantastic food and a great atmosphere. A day out visiting Dublin’s coastal towns is a must.

The string of pretty coastal towns, villages and fishing harbours offer a calm and sedate alternative to compliment the bustling city streets. Visit www.irishrail.ie for daily service timetables.

Sandymount

An affluent coastal suburb in Dublin 4, Sandymount is filled with great restaurants and cafes. Sandymount Strand is a lovely, long stretch of sandy beach where the sea can be seen only at high tide. Its promenade is very popular by walkers, dog-walkers and joggers. The strand is also adjacent to the village.

Dun Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dun Leery) is attractive, fascinating and every bit as delightful as you might expect. Historically Dun Laoghaire has always been a ‘Gateway to Ireland’. Its easy access to Dublin City and transport links nationwide makes Dun Laoghaire an ideal place to visit.

Dalkey

A coastal town south of the city, Dalkey’s rich history is front and centre, with a 10th century church and two Norman castles right on the main street. From Dalkey town, it is a short walk to the harbour, while there you can take a boat trip to Dalkey Island. Dalkey is also home to U2’s Bono and The Edge, Enya, Neil Jordan, Van Morrison to name but a few.

Killiney

Killiney’s scenery will catch your imagination. Killiney Bay is quite stunning and has been compared to the beautiful bay of Naples in Italy. Killiney Beach is immensely popular among bathers and walkers alike, and its sleep mountain-like backdrop is both beautiful and impressive.

Malahide

A pretty town in North County Dublin with an elegant view of Dublin Bay, picturesque Malahide is a homely village that maintains its historic charm.  Tours at Malahide Castle reveal what life was like for the Talbot family who lived there for almost 800 years.

Howth

A popular suburban resort, best known as an idyllic fishing and yachting resort. The cliff walk to the summit of Howth head is stunning, with views of Ireland’s Eye, Dublin Bay and Lambay Lighthouse while the pier is a delightful walk, enjoying more views of Howth Village. Some of the best seafood in Dublin can be enjoyed in Howth.

Skerries

Situated on a rocky peninsula, Skerries is a prosperous fishing town. A beautiful place to visit with lovely walks, wonderful wildlife while enjoying fabulous views from the pristine coastline.

Greystones

Originally a small fishing village, Greystones is ideally located on the East Coast, south of Bray Head. Greystones Beach is a mix of pebble and sand and is accessible by public transport. Greystones is home to superb restaurants and unique specialist shops.

Bray

A busy urban and seaside resort, Bray is known as the Gateway to the Garden of Ireland. Bray has something for everyone. From its rich heritage and fine scenery to excellent transport links. Bray has a lot to see and do, including the promenade walk and the Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk – this scenic cliff walk offers walkers a feast of views on the way.