Dublin is small – so small that within 30 minutes you could be galavanting around one of its many coastal villages for the morning and still be back in town for lunch, ready to go exploring the city once more. However, a lot of visitors are unaware of just how close our coastal villages actually are to the city centre, so we needed a way of showing them – and what better way to do this than by bringing them there.
For the experience to be authentic, we needed the perfect hosts for our guests, so we sought the charming maitre d’ and chef duo of Jonathan McCrea and Ivan Varian from the live food comedy show GULP! Ivan grew up in Dalkey and runs the Dalkey Food Company, so he had more than enough anecdotes to share with whoever made the trip out.
A seaside town south of the city, Dalkey’s rich history is front and centre, with a 10th century church and two Norman castles right on the main street. From the town, it’s a short walk to the harbour, where you can take a boat trip to Dalkey Island, or if you’re feeling adventurous, go abseiling at Killiney Hill. When you settle in for food and drinks, keep an eye out for famous locals. Bono, The Edge, Enya and Van Morrison all live nearby.
Settling on one location was tough, as the choice of Dublin’s coastal villages is large – all with their own unique appeal. From Skerries, Malahide and Howth along the north, to Dún Laoghaire and Dalkey in the south – there’s so much to choose from.
Now that we’ve shown you just how simple it is to get to our many coastal villages, nothing’s stopping you from taking all of Dublin in. With so much to see and do, the choice is yours. It has never been easier to get around the city, with transport systems like the LUAS tram service (with stops at two main train stations, Heuston and Connolly), Dublin Bikes (which offer three-day visitor tickets), Dublin Bus and the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit), which covers all of the key coastal villages, plus more! We’ve made it even simpler for you to get around Dublin with the new Leap visitor cards – meaning you can hop on and off trams, buses and trains without ever having to worry about cash.