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 wave lapped coastline with rugged mountain terrain. Maritime activities are a plenty on and in the sparkling waters of Dublin Bay, while land lovers 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 sea-scapes nurture an impressive range of activities and attractions for all visitors.
This is a place that ‘lives by the sea’, so it makes sense to start at Dún Laoghaire's busting 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 join guided tours or simply stroll out to sea on the mile-long East Pier. The adventure continues away from the coast. The imposing 1759ft/536 metre high Three Rock Mountain – home to the Neolithic tomb known as Fairy Castle – offers widescreen views over the surrounding countryside and out into the Irish Sea.
Dún Laoghaire offers a range of land and water-based activities to set your pulse racing. Whether it's paddleboarding or kayaking in the harbour, sailing or a boat cruise, or powerboating courses, there's something for everyone. If water-based activities aren't for you, go one street in from the seafront and experience the hustle and bustle of Dún Laoghaire town. There are endless options for shopping and dining among the boutiques, artisan shops, cafes and restaurants that line the handsome Victorian streets of this old and proud town.
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 for the adventurous, along with and sailboat trips for a more leisurely maritime experience.
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 cyclists.
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 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
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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