Dublin and Dublin’s Doorstep
If you wanted to, you could easily spend an entire trip in Dublin, visiting museums, ordering up a pint at an endless number of historic pubs, and eating your way through town. But do squeeze in a trek to some of it’s neighboring towns. Glendalough, a town between two lakes that’s charmed visitors for more than a century, boasts a 6th century monastic site in the middle of town. Plus, it’s perched in the Wicklow Mountains, where there are 80 miles of hiking trails.
If you want to be stunned by the powers of the sea, County Dublin is particularly rich in coastal charm. The allure of Killiney stretches so far back this place was a beach resort back when people didn’t even get days off from work. Come for the hikes, but stay for the view; photographers, bring your wide-angled lenses. Nearby Dalkey, at the southern crescent of Dublin Bay, has become a seaside retreat for celebrities, with lots of walkable tours whether you’re into nature or history. On the other side the bay lies the northern peninsula of Howth Head, where the titular suburb of Howth hosts over a thousand years of history (much of it nautical) in the still-wild hillsides that characterize it.
Must See Stop: About 12 miles from Dublin as the crow flies, lies the Powerscourt House, a Palladian estate that also is home to Ireland’s largest waterfall. You can roam through the garden’s winding walkways and see statues from Rome, Parisian fountains, plus hundreds of different plants and flowers.