I was lucky enough to get a house and dog sit in the suburbs of Dublin. To start with I did not have a car, but public transport was so good – the Luas (tram), buses, the Dart (train) – all within 15 minutes walk of the house. I was situated 45 minutes from the city centre, 20 minutes from the coast and just 5 minutes from Cabinteely Park – a beautiful place to walk the dog! From the house, I was able to get the bus to Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dun Leary) and walk right out to the end of the east pier. I got another bus from there to Kilinney Hill where you can get the most fantastic views for miles around
A Cliff Walk
One of the nicest walks to do in this area is the coastal walk from Bray to Greystones. This is a cliff walk – very safe and 6 km each way. Pretty easy walking with a small steep part to the viewpoint. There are a few picnic tables at the Bray end, but no real stopping points once you have passed the halfway point at the Greystones half. This may be partly due to a housing development being built. I hope it will be laid out nicely once that is finished – a fine place to live! If you can only manage one way, you can get the Dart or a bus back
Dublin Fair City
People have written for hundreds of years about Dublin City. Someone described it to me as “just like London”. Well, at first look, it might seem that way. However, as you explore, you will find it is far from the likes of London – apart from the crowded streets. An absolute must is to pop into a bar – preferably in Temple Bar, get yourself a drink and enjoy the atmosphere – usually with live music thrown in. There are a number of walks you can do around the centre of Dublin or you can take a bus a little further out and visit Kilmainham Goal. Beware to buy your tickets online as they sell out quickly and are then not possible to buy on the door. You would be offered a view of the exhibition as an alternative (still very worthwhile), with lots of history.
Boho life in Dublin all happens in Temple Bar. Literally bars galore! From many, you can hear that good ole Irish music drawing your senses in along with the smell of Guinness – essential to the Dublin City tour!
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