When it comes to outdoor activities Dublin has definitely a lot to offer. Being located just by the ocean and being surrounded by numerous mountains is something we tried to take advantage of as much as possible. This post depicts 5 of our favourite activities you should consider doing when traveling to Baile Átha Cliath.
1. Dublin Bay Cruises
A tour with the Dublin Bay Cruises guides you on a journey along the beautiful coastline of Dublin. This scenic tour starts either in Dun Laoghaire or Howth and takes you around the cliffs of the Howth peninsula. You will see the city from a completely new and so far, not very popular perspective. As it is a one-way cruise there is a possibility to take the Dart as a return option which is great as it heads to the city centre and gives you spectacular sights of the coastline.
Time: Boat 1 1/2h; Dart 1h
Price: Adult 19,00€ One way + 2 Dart Ticket; 22,00€ Return
2. Sugarloaf Mountain Hike
With the Sugarloaf Mountain, you choose a short hiking trail that provides you with phenomenal views of Dublin. It is suitable for people of all age as no special equipment is needed and it gets steep only a little bit when approaching the top. It is recommended to climb the mountain only at good weather conditions and to wear suitable clothes since it can get very cold and windy at the peak.
3. Howth’s Cliff Walks
Howth is a small fisherman village located on a peninsula northeast of Dublin city centre. It’s hiking path is probably one of the most scenic around Dublin as it takes you on a route along the beautiful cliffs of the peninsula. We recommend the path starting in the village and going to the iconic lighthouse at the end. It’s 6km long and takes around 2 hours. There is a possibility to leave your car at many different parking spots close to the path.
4. Tibradden Wood Hike
This trail starts of with a little stroll through a beautiful pine forest. It then leads to the mountain from where you can hike to the summit. As you have a great panorama of Dublin and the surrounding mountains in all directions. Ee recommend you to stay at the top to take a rest and enjoy the moment. The summit has an archeological feature which is an open cairn and kist burial site.
In addition there is a climbing park in the pine forest called ZipIt. It offers up to 4 hours of tree-top, fun-filled, thrilling experiences in a healthy, outdoor setting for adults and children from age 7.
5. Glendalough Lakes Hike
If you consider seeing something further out of the city we can highly recommend a tour to the Wicklow Mountains. As it is quite far north of Dublin, it is wise to plan a whole day in advance and possibly take a guided tour. An absolute highlight is a trail around the Glendalough Lakes. It takes up to 6h depending of the hikers physical fitness but is quite rewarding as the breath-taking views leave you stunned from start to end.