Ardgillen Castle grounds and coastline with views of islands.


10 Things For A Dublin Layover

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Do you have a layover in Dublin? Lucky you! Dublin fuses city chic, retro ramblings and ancient adventures. Don’t worry about being short on time there are plenty eclectic experiences and super sojourns to be taken in. Enjoy our top picks to get the most of your Dublin trip - a lively layover awaits you! Dublin Bay Cruises While it’s wonderful to wander through the capital's streets why not book a Dublin Bay Cruise and see Dublin from the sea! From March to October Dublin Bay Cruises will take you between Howth and Dun Laoghaire for a 90 minute journey to understand Ireland old and new. With stunning views of the Dublin Mountains, Ireland’s Eye, Lambay Island, Dalkey Island Joyce’s Martello Tower and the Baily Lighthouse be sure to include Dublin Bay Cruises in your layover list. You can book online here! Equestrian Experience Ireland is famous for its equestrian history, and Fingal is filled with many options for horse lovers. For an extra special stopover why not enjoy a beach trek or lesson. Get your equestrian fix while taking in Fingal’s fabulous countryside. Saddle up and enjoy! Visit Kilronan Equestrian Centre and Thornton Park Equestrian Centre for an enjoyable equestrian evening! Skerries Mills Dating back to the 12th Century, this historic collection of two windmills and a watermill makes for an interesting and intriguing visit. This fully restored complex showcases the authentic workings of a five sail windmill, four sail windmill, water mill and bakery of the 1800’s. Enjoy a guided tour, stone grinding flour, and see the water wheel in action! What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! Newbridge House Set on 370 acres of wildflower meadows, Newbridge House and Farm is a stunning Georgian mansion. Enjoy this 30 acre 18th century farm set on 30 acres with woodland walks and a farm! Enjoy their delightful tea rooms, a guided tour or learn about with the animals on the estate. Walk Howth Soak up our Celtic landscape and unrivalled views with a walk through the delightful Howth? This pretty peninsula is the perfect way to stretch your legs and maintain your mindfulness! Enjoy cute coastal paths, Howth Castle (that has the largest Rhododendron garden in Europe), a magnificent Martello Tower or Baily lighthouse. Howth is simply prime for photo opportunities! Visit Shane Howth Tours and book in advance! Lambay Island Did you know there are wallabies living on Lambay Island? As the largest island off the east coast of Ireland (240 hectares), she is home to the largest and most important seabird colonies in Ireland. Visitors will find grey seals, porpoises, deer and red-necked wallabies (who have been on the island since the 1950s, a rich banking family who owned the island decided to raise them!) Why not go explore this quirky enchanted wonderland! Ardgillian Castle Want to explore stunning parklands overlooking the Irish Sea? Come visit Ardgillian Castle for a day to remember! Set on 194 acres, the castle has spectacular wooded areas and gardens, that are home to animals, mammals and birds, perfect for nature spotting - perfect for Instagram! Enjoy their gorgeous fairy trail, picture perfect wildflower meadow or take the footbridge to the beach at Barnageera! Swords Rounds Tower Swords Round Tower is part of a monastery founded by St. Columba in 512. In 1014 the bodies of the legendary King Brian Boruihe (Boru) and his son Murrough were rested overnight here, after being carried here from the field of Clontarf, on their way to Armagh for burial. The only remaining relic of a medieval church is its Belfry which is open to the public in summertime! Come soak up some of Ireland’s ancient past and a wonderful insight into our ancient age-old history! Cycle Tour Not all tours need to be on foot - wheels are the way to go! Saddle up for a guided bike tour, or go your own way - the pedal possibilities are endless! Spin around castles, between beaches or around Fingal’s charming countryside - don’t forget to pack a picnic! Portmarnock Beach Who’s for icecream? Enjoy miles of sandy beach with unbeatable views of Ireland's Eye, Howth, Lambay Island and out towards Portrane and Donabate. Unwind with Portmarnock stunning scenery, collect shells on the sandy shoreline or breathe in that salty sea air! Portmarnock Beach has been awarded the International Blue Flag Beach Award and Green Coast Award for 2016, so you are in good company. A visit is essential for any itinerary! Share your adventures with us using the #visitskerries hashtag!