The sun is set to be rearing its dreamy for the next two days, and we’ve only gone and realised just how much we missed her.
What better way to soak in those rays than to stretch the legs in the great outdoors and fill your lungs with the freshest of air.
You know you want to.
1. Bray to Greystones cliff walk
A beautiful part of the world, fully accessible by DART and with ample parking available. Treat yourself to the scenic view most would dream of.
Ticknock not only boasts some of the most spectacular views of the city, it’s also home to some really interesting human heritage, if you’re into that sort of thing.
The full route is just under 6km, so give it two hours. But boy, is it worth it.
Carrickgollogan to some, Kathy Gallagher to others, the Lead Mines Way is a few minutes off the M50 and a whole lot of fun. Situated just off the Wicklow Mountains, it has tremendous views from its super-accessible summit.
It’s short, rewarding, and very well marked with information boards spread throughout.
4. The Dodder Walk
The Dodder Walk is full of weeping willows, weirs and wildlife, a perfect place to walk the dog, or even yourself.
As walks go, this is pretty chilled, yet also wholly rewarding. Perfect for a sunny evening walk to clear your head.
5. The Grand Canal
Go see what Patrick Kavanagh was all about, and get yourself down to the Grand Canal.
The beauty of the canal is that it runs the length of the Southside of the city centre, transecting lots of gorgeous areas of Dublin just waiting to be discovered. Starting at Harold’s Cross Bridge and walking to Grand Canal Dock, it takes a solid 40 minutes if you’ve got a pep in your step.
6. The Great South Wall Walk
The Great South Wall Qalk has a certain beauty to it, stretching all the way out to Poolbeg Lighthouse, these are views you’ll find hard to forget.
The best way to access the start of the walk is to head towards the roundabout on the Southside beside the Eastlink Bridge in Ringsend.
7. Sandymount Green
Sandymount is a heavenly little spot for walkers, with ample cafés, eateries and miles upon miles of beautiful coastal promenade for your meandering pleasure.
Also super close to the city centre, so it’s easily accessible from pretty much everywhere.
8. Howth Head peninsula
Immortalised in James Joyce’s Ulysses, this clifftop walk speaks volumes, and beautiful volumes at that.
The Howth Head peninsula boasts insane views of Lambay and Ireland’s Eye. You can follow the cliff path along a mere 3km route, enough to clear your head while simultaneously giving you a wonderful sense of achievement.
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