A Dublin Day Hike - Two Cliffs /Two
while mostly highlighting rigorous and interesting day hikes in
the western US, is pleased to discuss a
lovely day trip on the emerald isle of Ireland. Having found
myself in Ireland in mid-February, I cobbled together an intriguing
set of hikes in the environs of Dublin along the coast of the Irish
Sea from Howth to Greystones.
city of Dublin itself was not part of the hike, but rather some
interesting communities north and south of
it, connected by a very efficient local train called DART (Dublin
Area Rapid Transit):
to Greystones Cliff Walk
to the north, take the DART in the early morning to Howth and
hike the cliff trail around
the pennisula, ending up at the Sutton station. Allow
4 hours including DART.
the Sutton station take the DART to Dalky and hike up Killiney
Hill by heading for this obelisk,
built in 1742. After marveling the views of Dublin, the
Howth Pennisula, and ferries arriving from Wales into Dun
Laoghaire, take the trail on the southeast side of the peak down
to the Killiney village, home to many international pop
and movie stars. Take the DART to Bray. Allow 2 hours
seafront promenade looking south at Bray Head.
| Walk south towards Bray Head,
along the promenade, turning right up a steep 790' hill and head
for the cross. The last 100' are not obvious and
a bit of a scramble. With views of the Wicklow Mountains,
Bray Bay, and Wales 60 miles a way on a clear day (about 4 times
a year). Allow 2 hours including DART
of Bray Head
to Greystones Cliff Walk
down (north) the same path (don't try to walk south directly
towards Greystones ... thorn bushes everywhere)
and turn right onto the trail to Greystones, a dramatic,
twisting and turning cliff walk about 5 miles long, but flat
and easy. The path hugs the tallest cliffs on the Irish
east coast and overlooks spectacular drops. There are
some warning signs which relate to cliff erosion, and some
state the trail is closed, but it is not true. When
you reach Greystones, a nice fishing village with a lovely
round harbor, ask where the DART station is for the 40 minute
return to Dublin. If you need to wait, find a
pub and have a Guinness beer, and coupled with this day's
cliff and hill hiking, you will have rounded off one perfect
Irish day! Allow 2 hours.
Total time: 10 hours
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