From Dublin, in two ticks you’ll find yourself surrounded by the green, rolling hills of Howth. Or go on a hiking trip in the rocky Wicklow Mountains, for example past the gleaming Upper Lake of Glendalough. Imagine yourself in prehistoric times in Brú na Bóinne.
Done with the stir of the city? The bus takes you to Wicklow Mountains, south of Dublin, in less than an hour. Glendalough, the valley of the two lakes, has several hiking trails along the Upper and Lower Lake. Along the way you’ll encounter towering cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. From March until September the St Kevins Bus Service runs twice a day from St. Stephens Green North in the centre of Dublin to Glendalough (11.30am and 06.00pm). €13 for a one way trip, €20 for a return ticket.
Northwest of Dublin lies the former fishing village of Howth, located on a hilly peninsula in Dublin Bay. From the harbour you can stroll along the coast, around Howth Head. Sundry routes for experienced and less experienced hikers, along dramatic cliffs and undulating hills. On clear days, commanding views of Dublin Bay may be admired. A roundtrip Connolly Station – Howth by DART sets you back €7.
Brú na Bóinne
40 km north of Dublin, near the east coast of the emerald isle, lies Brú na Bóinne, which belongs to one of the best preserved prehistoric landscapes in the world. The complex’ name means ‘palace’. Brú na Bóinne is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For archaeology and history lovers alike, this place is a must-see when visiting Ireland. Three 5000 year-old tombs richly embellish the green and sloping landscape. Admission to the complex is €6 for adults, €3 for children, or €15 for a family ticket.