Arriving in Skerries you will be struck by the seaside scent and sense, instilling instant relaxation. A short walk through the main street allows the visitor to browse the many local shops, enjoy a coffee and cake and just breathe in the smell of the sea. A short walk from the main street brings the tourist to the picturesque seafront. The postcard-perfect vision of small boats at rest along the tidal beachfront will provide the subject to many “phone-snaps” or more professional landscape photos. This waterside vantage point provides views right up the east coast of Ireland to the Mourne mountains. Skerries many bars and restaurants are a great place to end your first day in this picturesque village.
The Skerries coastline boasts several kilometres of sandy beach. A great place for the visitor to take a walk enjoying the vibrant sea air and enjoying views of some of the larger islands on Ireland’s east coast. For those seeking a more active way to spend the day you can try your hand at kayaking or stand up paddle boarding (SUP), or take a sea safari to the nearby islands.
Skerries has plenty for the history and heritage enthusiast. Skerries is home to one of the oldest mills in Ireland. Visitors can see the workings of a five-sail windmill, four-sail windmill, water mill and bakery of the 1800s. The Mill complex also houses the Watermill Café and the Craft Shop. Enjoy a relaxed refreshment in the Watermill Café, with daily bakings and hot and cold food on offer. The award-winning craft shop is the ideal location to pick up that souvenir or special gift.
A walk along the sandy beach taking in the views of Ireland’s coastline and the two Martello towers is the perfect appetiser before dinner in one of the many restaurants in the area.
Visitors to Skerries can travel further afield on day three. A visit to Ardgillan Castle and demesne is a great way to sample some of the heritage of the area. An hour’s walk from Skerries along the coast will bring you to the castle and demesne. The demesne has been tastefully redesigned by Fingal county council to provide 5kms of walks for the visitor. The grounds are home to a playground and many summer activities are hosted in the grounds of the castle. This is a popular venue for locals and a great vantage point to take in the splendour of the Irish sea coast. The castle itself is open for guided tours, and the café and coffee shop can provide much needed sustenance after the walk from Skerries. Visitors seeking a longer walk may continue on up the coast to Balbriggan, another coastal town on the Fingal coastline.
Dinner in one of the restaurants in the area will give the visitor another chance to sample the seafood and fresh vegetables native to the Fingal area.