DUBLIN ADVENTURE GUIDE

Sunset swim Sandycove 40 foot Dun Laoghaire Dublin Irish sea swim

I might be biased, but it’s no secret that I think Dublin is the best city in the world. Add in sunshine and it’s irrefutable. Our weather is as spontaneous as the people who live here. We love the craic, we’re always up for an adventure and we’ve learned to be well-prepared for all weather occasions! So I wanted to share some of the city’s hidden gems.

Being prepared for outdoor adventures in Dublin essentially means dressing for four seasons in one day. Read on for my top Dublin hot spots.Picnic in the Iveagh gardens Dublin

Where?

Think of the Iveagh Gardens between Harcourt Street and Hatch Street as a smaller, quieter and dare I say even prettier version of everyone’s favourite summer hang out, St. Stephen’s Green. Perfect for an urban park picnic, grab a spot near the tropical fountain to feel like you’re far from the city.

What to bring?

There are loads of great value summer finds at the moment, like this picnic blanket, which is coated to make it water resistant and reversible in case of spills. It folds up into a really small zip case so it’s handy for impromptu picnics or play dates

A big basket is a great eco-friendly all-rounder, big enough to carry lots of essentials but also hold your rubbish until you find a bin. No more plastic bags!

Sunset swim Sandycove 40 foot Dun Laoghaire Dublin Irish sea swimming

Where?

Irish sea swimming at the 40 Foot. The famous Dublin swimming spot is best enjoyed at sunrise or sunset. Other options are Seapoint, The Vico in Dalkey and Dollymount beach

What to bring?

Swimwear, obviously – unless you want to join the naked locals at the Vico, then feel free! Bring one big towel to dry off and another small one to stand on while you’re getting changed, or even better a changing robe. Flip flops or sliders (rock with socks) and a flask of tea or coffee to warm up after on chilly days.

Great South Wall Walk Poolbeg Chimneys Dublin Great South Wall Walk Poolbeg Lighthouse Dublin

Where?

South Wall Walk to Poolbeg Lighthouse. Past the famous Poolbeg chimneys, the walk is about a 4km round trip. At the end you can look back at the iconic red and white stacks that shape the Dublin skyline. Keep an eye out for porpoises and seals along the way.

What to bring?

Be prepared for the rain and bring a waterproof coat with a hood – there’s no shelter once you’re out on the sea wall.

outdoor yoga Dartmouth Square Ranelagh Dublin 6

Where?

Outdoor yoga in Dartmouth Square, Ranelagh. Saturdays @ 11am, €5.

Check event listings on Happenings Yoga on Facebook. Also on Sundays in Saint Anne’s Park, weather permitting.

What to bring?

Your own mat, plus a microfibre yoga mat towel which is perfect for hot yoga classes and water.

Phoenix Park Deer Outdoors (1 of 2)

Where?

Phoenix Park Bikes, rental starting at €5 for one hour including helmet, hi-vis and map.

Spot Wild Fallow Deer at Fifteen Acres or take a free tour of Farmleigh House.

What to bring?

Waterproofs, sunnies and water bottle. Don’t forget your camera!

Massy's Wood Estate Montpelier Hill Jamestown Dublin Hellfire Club

Where?

Hellfire Club and Massy’s Estate, Jamestown, Co. Dublin. Take a forest walk and see if you can find the secret walled garden!

What to bring

It can get pretty muddy up there, so hiking boots or wellies when it’s wet would be wise. A raincoat with hood is essential!

Where?

The Hungry Tree, King’s Inns, Constitution Hill. The 80-year-old London Plane tree has been gradually gobbling up this iron bench, a unique sight in the city.

What to bring

I keep the picnic basket and blanket in the car for impromptu al fresco lunches. It also comes in handy when I’ve forgotten my shopping bags.

Surfdock Dublin Ringsend kayaks and SUP

Where?

Surfdock Watersports, Grand Canal, Ringsend, D4

Kayak/SUP rental €12 per person, per hour. Wet suit rental €3

What to bring

A waterproof disposable cameras or waterproof phone case. Dry bag for all your important bits.

Staycation Tourist at Home Nadia El Ferdaoussi Things to do in Dublin Ireland Dublin Bay Cruises Dun Laoghaire Howth

Where?

Ireland’s Eye Ferry, Howth. From €10pp around the island. Every day from 10.30am-5pm, weather permitting.

What to bring?

Polarized sunnies are great for glare by the sea. Bring a rain coat and disposable waterproof camera too!

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