4 hidden Irish gems in County Dublin you NEED to visit 1 month ago

4 hidden Irish gems in County Dublin you NEED to visit

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These Dublin day trips are perfect for escaping city life...

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With just a few weeks of Summer 2021 left and the good weather finally making a reappearance, we're sure you're eager to spend as much time exploring the outdoors as possible over the coming weeks.

If you're looking to escape from Dublin's city centre this weekend, Dublin county has no shortage of incredible hidden gems for you to uncover.

With that in mind, here are some super picks for things to see and do in County Dublin this weekend...

Hike the Dublin Mountains Way

A staggering 42km in length, the Dublin Mountains Way trail isn't for the faint-hearted. While you might not be able to walk the entire trail this weekend, it's well worth exploring some of it. Featuring stunning city views and incredible scenic surroundings, it's the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of Dublin's city centre and well worth doing if you want to enjoy some peace and seclusion for a few hours.

Take a day trip to Dun Laoghaire

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A day trip out to this seaside town is always a day well spent. It's the perfect place to go this weekend for some stunning coastlines, a refreshing swim or a relaxing seaside stroll. The East Pier Walk is a mile-long stroll along the Dun Laoghaire coastline that's well worth exploring and there are loads of dining spots nearby too.

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Explore Bull Island

Bull Island was created over 2000 years ago and continues to grow to this day, making it one of Ireland's most interesting nature reserves. If you want to spend a day on the beach here, Dollymount Beach is the perfect sandy coastline to relax and unwind on, and it's pretty popular for water sports as well.

If you're a golfer, Bull Island also has two golf courses for you to try out during your stay - The Royal Dublin and St Anne’s. After a day out on the green, you can relax, unwind and take in the nature and wildlife that makes this place so special.

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Stroll along the Howth Head cliff path loop

Taking about two hours to complete, the Howth Head cliff loop is unbeatable when it comes to stunning views. During your stroll you can take in the incredible views of Dublin Bay and Lambay Island, and you'll see Bailey Lighthouse along your travels too. The trail will lead you back into Howth village, where there's plenty of coastal dining spots to refuel at after your walk.

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