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.