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Introduction

The outdoors is truly accessible here. Travel just a few kilometers from Dublin’s City Centre and you’ll find yourself in a peaceful area that combines miles of wavelapped coastline with rugged mountain terrain. Maritime activities abound on and in the sparkling waters of Dublin Bay, while landlubbers will find plenty to enjoy among the slopes and valleys of the Dublin Mountains.

Although a quieter counterpoint to Southern Ireland’s capital city, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown’s land- and seascapes nurture an impressive range of activities and attractions for all kinds of visitors.

The big picture

This is a place that ‘lives by the sea’, so it makes sense to start at Dún Laoghaire’s bustling harbour. One of the largest man-made harbours in the world, it’s a focal point for many of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown’s outdoor activities.

Visitors can hire boats or bikes, join guided tours or simply stroll out to sea on the mile-long East Pier. The adventure continues away from the coast. Imposing 1759ft/536m Two Rock Mountain – home to the Neolithic tomb known as Fairy Castle – offers widescreen views over the surrounding countryside and out into the Irish Sea. It’s also a green and inviting paradise for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers.

 

So what’s happening in the Great Outdoors?

With its miles of pristine coastline, it’s no surprise that the sea features large here.There’s an aquatic abundance of options for messing about in boats – sea kayaking and whiteknuckle powerboating for the adventurous, along with cruises of Dublin Bay and sailboat trips for a more leisurely maritime experience.

Other aquatic activities include kitesurfing, paddleboarding and scuba diving. There’s a similarly wide choice of activities for terra firma aficionados.

Cyclists can gear up for gentle seafront bike rides or attempt more challenging off-road trails, while the inviting hills and woodlands provide a lush playground for hikers and horse riders.

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Adrenaline junkies will find plenty to get their pulses pounding. They can take to the trees on high ropes and ziplines, scale rocks at Dalkey Quarry climbing centre or hit the piste at the Republic of Ireland’s only dry ski slope.

With more than a dozen courses, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown is also something of a golfer’s paradise. From a quick nine to the full 18-hole championship challenge, players will find welcoming greens everywhere. As if to demonstrate its versatility, the area is also home to such diverse attractions as the famous Leopardstown Racecourse – Dublin’s only horse racing venue – and prestigious literary festivals

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Need to know

Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown offers a total tourism package with something for every taste – from families to couples of all ages, extreme sports enthusiasts to more relaxed travellers. Access is another strong point – it’s just a few miles south of central Dublin, making it a must-visit as part of any trip to the city. The area also boasts a great choice of accommodation options in all categories, from large luxury hotels to cosy country guesthouses. Excellent transport links mean the area is as easy to get to as it is to get around.

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