Clontarf is a village close to Dublin, situated in the North. It is well known for its history, being the battle of Clontarf, where the Irish defeated the Vikings in the 11th century. The village offers many possibilities for walking and running. The choice is between the Clontarf promenade next to the beach, which also allows for nice picnics in Summer or St Anne’s park, a lovely place for dog walks and fitness addicts. Each year, Clontarf organizes a charity run and a festival to remember the tragic events back in the days. People usually dress up as Vikings and cheer for the runners while grabbing a snack from the barbecue.
Malahide is a small village only located 30 minutes away from Dublin with the DART. Its main attraction is a castle dating back to the 12th century. Surrounded by botanical gardens it is a wonderful spring sight and can be visited for a small fee. Located right at the seaside, it also allows for beach walks, ice-cream or some drinks at a terrace. It’s a quiet place and perfect for a day out of the busy Dublin city life.
Howth, being a seaside village as well, is the most popular one amongst locals and tourists. It features several lighthouses, churches to visit, bars and even a Michelin-star restaurant. If you want to enjoy a nice seafood platter, this is the perfect place to go, after having enjoyed a cliff walk of Dublin coast. Local fisheries deliver their fish daily. A little market offers many varieties of food, from Chinese to Irish. If you are planning on going there, you should schedule your whole day. There is plenty to see and visit. The cliffs of Dublin will leave you speechless.
Another seaside village, known for its splendid scenery. Excellent transport links get you to Bray. Do the famous Bray-Greystones cliff walk and enjoy the view at Dublin bay but don’t underestimate it. The walk can be quite challenging for some. Choose from a wide range of pubs and restaurants for a nice evening out. In case you like sightseeing, visit Sealife or Kilruddery House and Gardens, where you can enjoy Dublin’s own gardens, have a walk or even join herb workshops if you’re up for something new. Many hotels and bed and breakfasts found are established here and provide excellent service in case you are looking for an overnight stay.
Being one of the oldest towns of Ireland, it has about 40,000 inhabitants, which does not make it as small as the previous places mentioned. Being built by the Normans, it has a rich cultural and historical heritage such as St Laurence’s gate. Drogheda is also a big brewing city. Coca Cola, Guinness and Jameson have a long tradition with the town. Get in on a Boyne Boats tour or join the medieval walking tour which visits many of the historical sights. Please note, this tour is only available from May 3rd until September 23rd. Besides, if you like shopping, this is the ideal place for a long day combined with nice food from one of the many restaurants, pubs and bars, such as Moorland Café or D’Vine Tapas Bar and Bistro.