With June nearly half over and summer finally – FINALLY – making an appearance, it’s time to start taking advantage of the sunny weather by heading to the beach.
But we're blessed with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to beaches in Dublin – some of which half of us don't even know about – so every day this week we're bringing you a quick guide and a suggested itinerary to a different part of our county's coastline.
First up? The northern seaside duo of Dollymount and Howth. There’s plenty of ground to cover in this area, but an itinerary like this would work a treat.
Start your day with a walk, a run, or a bike ride along the Clontarf Promenade. You’ll get a slew of gorgeous sea views, and it’ll give you a bit of exercise to balance out the lounging on the beach you’ll do all afternoon.
At the end of the promenade, pop into St. Anne’s Park. Check out the rose gardens, take a stroll around the gardens, and, most importantly, stop by the Red Stables Market to grab supplies for a picnic lunch on the beach.
Armed with your market finds, head out at midday to Dollymount Strand. Carve out a spot among the revelers and unwind – or, if you’re feeling really ambitious, give kiteboarding a whirl!
Whenever you’ve had your fill of the beach, continue your northerly trek into Howth for dinner. Try Beshoff Bros on Harbour Street for their famous fish and chips or, if you’re feeling a bit fancier, Aqua or The House for a proper evening meal.
And to finish? Pints at the Abbey Tavern, of course...
Check back tomorrow for your guide to Dun Laoghaire and Killiney