Wherever you go on the island of Ireland, there’s always a pretty sight to see, and that’s true for our train journeys too! The DART runs from Malahide and Howth in north Dublin to the city, through the coastal towns and villages of South Dublin, before terminating in Bray or Greystones in County Wicklow, so you can hop on and off all along the coast to explore.
If you’re looking for some fun at the seaside, make a stop at Dun Laoghaire
(pronounced Dun Leary). Though only a 25-minute journey, this lovely little coastal town feels a world away from the bustle of the city. The star of the show is the 19th-century harbour, and you’ll soon see why as you walk along the 2.6km walk with yachts bobbing in the water beside you.
Go one stop further, and make sure you bring your appetite, to Sandycove and Glasthule. The village may be small, but it’s packed with delectable food and drink offerings wherever you turn. If you’re in need of a boost, try local favourite Hatch
, which serves delicious coffee alongside fresh, sweet treats. Or pop into Fitzgerald’s pub
and try one of the local brews on tap. If you’re a fan of James Joyce you’re in for a treat, as the stained-glass windows feature chapters from Ulysses.
Head north to Howth, and step out of the train onto the Howth Cliff walk. One of four loops for all different abilities, the path will take you out of the village along the promenade, finishing at the stunning Baily Lighthouse
. The sights are plentiful here - spy Lambay Island, Island’s Eye and Howth Castle along your walk before you make your way back into the village for a delightful supper of fish and chips at Beshoff Bros
Visit Malahide and you can spend your day exploring the 250-acre parkland of Malahide Castle and Gardens
. Wander through this 800-year-old castle, where you can learn all about the central role it played in medieval Ireland and all about the Talbot family who called the castle home.
The only difficult decision is to decide which direction to go first: north or south! Can our Community members recommend any other places to visit on the DART line?