Off the beaten track, Dublin
Favorite thing: Newgrange is a must see. It is outside Dublin city but is the oldest site in Ireland. pre dates the pyramids by about 1000 years!! It has been restored to a certain extent, but does have a false look about the entrance. Dont even bother to attempt to go there at the spring solstace as it is booked out for quiote a few years.
In the Boyne Valley (!!!)
A famouse passage tomb.
Fondest memory: This monumental tomb is to be seen, at December equinox the sun at midday reaches the center of the tomb, through a little window over the entrance, along the corridor inside, till the center of the hill on the ground.
Favorite thing: KILLENEY HILLS - Make a trip with Dart or bus in the villages north of Dublin - Dun Laghaire - Killeney - Bray and Greystone! I made this tour on one day and I hiked in the Killeney Hills (between Dun Laghaire and Killeney - excellent view and natural ways) and from Bray to Greystone (Cliffwalk - but on the one side you will see the mountains and on the other side the abyss and the sea) It´s a little bit stress to make this tour on one day but I can recommend it!
Fondest memory: We were sent off to the west coast of Ireland for a day & night. We went to the Dingle Penninsula, off of Tra Li. It was absolutely freezing and desolate. Our B&B was great though - Murphy's Pub. In the morning I had wild Dingle salmon for breakfast. It was the best smoked salmon I've ever had. Dingle is all fishing village, not much else to do besides drink and listen to the great performers. So we did.
Fondest memory: The most beautiful place I went to was Glendalough. In the 1500's (I think) St Kevin went there to live as a hermit. But people kept following him there. Eventually a monastery was founded and was world renowned as a place of great learning. In this picture is the round tower. It door is 9 feet off the ground so that when invaders came they could go inside the tower and pull the ladder in after them.
Take a trip on the DART, which is a public train. Start the journey in the city centre and prepare to view some of the most breathtaking scenery as it makes its way along the coast to Bray. You will journey past Booterstown Marsh, a wildlife sanctuary where a variety of native and migrating birds can be spotted and a 15 minute trip brings you right into the heart of the old Victorian harbour town of Dun Laoghaire. Dun Laoghaire celebrated its 1500th birthday in 1998. People come from all over Dublin to walk Dun Laoghaires two piers, the East Pier is 1,290 m long, and the West Pier is 1,548m, each pier ending in a lighthouse. Stroll out here at any time of the day and you will see a tremendous cross-section of people, particularly on a Sunday when the pier is fairly crowded. Then onwards to Sandycove where the james Joyce museum is located. After this comes Killiney, Dalkey and finally Bray.
Sample the spectacular view from Vico Road in Killiney which has been described as a northern echo of the Bay of Naples
Fondest memory: When I walked along the coast road from Dalkey to Killiney (south of Dublin) on a nice summer day admiring all the nice houses and views. Too bad I was on my own that day so I had to keep saying to myself 'Oh, it's gorgeous here'. It was before I got my first cellphone so I stopped at every phone booth to call somebody :-)
As always, trying to take pictures of lighthouses - sometimes successful and sometimes not.
Favorite thing: Just along Back Lane towards Nicholas Street, this particular part of town reminds me of an area I know in New Orleans' French Quarter.
Favorite thing: visit Howth. This small cute town built on a peninsula just to the north of Dublin makes the perfect out-of-town beach and cliff hike. See my Howth Travelogue for this gem.
Favorite thing: We went to the beach in Dublin. I couldn't even see the tide because it was so far out there, but it was beautiful.
Fondest memory: The beautiful surroundings of the city. Just take the DART-commuter trains, and visit the small villages
Sample the spectacular view from Vico Road in Killiney which has been described as a northern echo of the Bay of Naples.
This is on the DART line