In December 2017 I moved to Dublin to start my new job in Temple Street Children’s Hospital. As I mentioned in my recent blog post Dublin seemed very unfamiliar to me despite studying my undergrad there in 2009. Unfamiliar to me can be both scary and exciting. I was excited to explore the city, the parks and most importantly the best sunset/ sunrise spots around Dublin. The past few months have been really emotionally challenging for me therefore getting out in the nature was more important than ever. If anyone were to ask me when am I at my happiest I would think I would say the I’m out on a good walk. Walking to me is pure Bliss. It provides me with a sense of freedom and purpose , connection to the natural beauty around us and a huge sense of gratitude.
I will continue to seek out more places to get my nature fix in Dublin but so far here are my top 5 walks to de-stress :
Dollymount beach, Bull Island Nature Reserve at Sunrise.
What better way to start your day. Sea breeze, sun rising over the ocean and a beach to yourself. As a natural reserve it’s a perfect spot for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. There is even a cute cafe close to the beach called ‘Happy Out’ that serves a decent coffee. Dollymount is in the suburb of Clontarf, approx 7km from the city on the north side. The island can reached via the wooden bridge by either car or by foot.
Howth Cliff Walk at Sunset
Its hard to believe that after living in Ireland for most of my life my first time in the bustling seaside town of Howth was only a few months ago. The cliff loop walk has been one of the nicest coastal walks I’ve done in really long time. The 6 km cliff walk takes you along the harbour before climbing away from the village around the Nose of Howth and onto the clifftops. There are stunning views of Lambay Island and Ireland’s Eye, and be overwhelmed by the heady scent of coconut from the bright yellow gorse on the heath. The Baily Lighthouse pictured below really made me feel like I was on the west of ireland some where. I felt far removed from Dublin City and brought me back to my days of living in the coastal town of Byron Bay in Australia. Its as awesome spot to have a picnic while catching the sunset. Howth is located approx 15 km north of Dublin city and is easily accessible by train.
Having recently moved to the north side of the city I am very grateful to have the Phoenix park on my doorstep. I have recently learned that its actually the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe. The Park is home to the Zoological Gardens, Áras an Uachtaráin, and Victorian flower gardens. It is also home to a large herd of fallow deer. Going for a walk and seeing the deers was pretty special. Its also a great spot for sunset with views of the Wicklow Mountains in the distance was watching the sun going down through the trees. The Park is only a mile and a half from Dublin city centre.
The Quays, Dublin at Sunset.
Home to the river Liffey and some of Dublin’s more iconic landmarks I have spent many evenings after work here. The people watching, h’apenny bridge, Custom House and the brighter spring evenings for me is the perfect walk. I now see how so many well known artists such as James Joyce took inspiration from here.
Located south of Dublin City, Killiney has spectacular views, over the surrounding areas, Dublin city to the northwest, the Irish Sea and the mountains of Wales (on a clear day) to the east and southeast, and Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains to the south. Killiney park itself also has an abundance of floral and greenery to top off the sea view.