Dublin Coastal Tour
This tour takes in Dublin’s north coast visiting stately Malahide Castle, dating from the 12th century, and set amid 250 acres of parkland and gardens. Continuing through the heritage town of Malahide, the tour will take you past magnificent coastal scenery to the picturesque fishing village of Howth. Crossing the nearby summit of Howth Head you will have a panoramic view of the huge expanse of Dublin Bay. Set against a backdrop of the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, the view is renowned as one of the world’s great seascapes.
Some Tour Highlights:
Malahide Castle is a 12th century castle; one of Ireland’s oldest and most historic with excellent collection of period furniture, oil portraits. The castle belonged to the Talbot family from 1185 to 1976 when it was sold to Dublin County Council. The castle itself is a combination of styles and periods; the medieval Great Hall is the only one in Ireland that is preserved in its original form. The history of the Talbot family is recorded in the Great Hall, with portraits of generations of the family telling their own story of Ireland’s stormy history. One of the more poignant legends concerns the morning of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, when fourteen members of the family breakfasted together in this room, never to return, as all were dead by nightfall.
Howth is a small fishing and yachting port, and a popular suburban resort on the north side of Dublin. Its attractions are easily appreciated, particularly at the coast. Howth Head gives fine views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains or Boyne Valley beyond. In the bay is the rocky bird sanctuary and monastic island of Ireland’s, to which boat trips may be taken in summer. Cliff paths lead around the coastline, through Howth village and its ruined abbey, and past Baily Lighthouse. The 15th-century Howth Castle is inland, partly ruinous, but with fine rhododendron gardens. A small, but impressive, transport museum can be visited near the DART railway station, featuring Howth’s famous open-topped tram. Howth’s pubs, hotels and fish restaurants make it a pleasant outing from Dublin.
Retaining its natural charm and beauty, Clontarf has some of the most outstanding sights in Dublin. Clontarf is situated beside St. Anne’s Park and its internationally famous Rose Garden. The park is a fantastic amenity but also an area of outstanding natural beauty. Clontarf is also the home of one of the world’s most unique flora and fauna. This is located at the Bull Island Nature Reserve.