Planning going on an adventure in the wild this weekend? Then let us help!
There are plenty of natural sights within a stone's throw of Dublin city, so we thought we'd pick a few of our faves for you to discover in your downtime.
Is there anyplace below that you've yet to visit?
1. Velvet Strand, Portmarnock, Dublin
While it's less than half an hour away from the city on the DART, this beach manages to feel a million miles away from all the hustle and bustle.
Precisely what you want at the weekend.
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2. Lough Tay, Wicklow
This gorgeous body of water is nestled among the Wicklow Mountains. Since it has dark peaty waters and is crowned with a beach of white sand giving it an appearance of a giant pint, it's no wonder how it's also referred to as Guinness Lake.
3. Killiney Hill, Dalkey, Dublin
Get your heart going by scaling this hill overlooking Dalkey, a trek that's rewarded with spectacular coastal views and a close-up look at the iconic Obelisk at its peak.
4. The Great Sugar Loaf, Wicklow
Now before you get your hopes up, this is actually a mountain. Still, it's a good one to spend your day trying to climb.
5. Tibradden Wood, Dublin
Located between between the Cruagh and Kilmashogue Mountains, this forest is bursting with plants and animal life, such as Sika deer, foxes and badgers. History buffs can also expect to see an ancient cairn and kist burial site at the highest point of Tibradeen.
6. Powerscourt Waterfall, Wicklow
If you're looking for a romantic day out, an adventure to one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the whole country is not a bad option at all.