Dún Laoghaire is commonly known as Ireland’s Riviera Island…this romantic nickname is inspired by the natural beauty and splendor of the area…
The Dún Laoghaire (usually pronounced Dunleary) -Rathdown County region features a gorgeous, pristine stretch of coastline.
It also offers the simple charms of quaint villages, local attractions, and great food and drink!
For many, a trip to Ireland’s “Riviera” is a chance to get away from it all…luckily, it’s only a twenty-minute drive from Dublin.
A stunning countryside and magnificent views are just a few highlights of a trip to the area.
Things To see And Do In The Area
If you’re looking for a touch of medieval authenticity while visiting the area, you’ll love visiting Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre.
This ancient tower was built in the early 15th century, and it is one of seven Dalkey tower houses. This attraction even offers a somewhat macabre area, known as a “murder hole”. It also features other military accoutrements, such as battlements and barizan.
For history buffs, a trip to the castle can be inspirational and quite educational as well. This attractions should be high on your list of things to see and do while in the region…
Another great and historic attraction in the area is the James Joyce Museum – this museum honors the work of one of Ireland’s greatest authors.
Located in Sandycove, a little ways down the coastline from Dún Laoghaire, this museum offers a glimpse into the creativity and influences of this lauded writer.
In fact, Ulysses, one of James’ greatest works (and a perplexing read for many!), featured a scene from the Martello Tower in Sandycove!
The James Joyce Museum offers unprecedented access to Joyce’s own letters, pictures, and personal possessions. For a sense of who the great man truly was, be sure to set aside some time for a visit to this special museum.
Enjoying the piers and the pretty water views of the region is really one of the best things to do while touring the area.
If you enjoy boating, you’ll find Dún Laoghaire a haven – there are several yacht clubs and many nautical activities to pursue.
For swimmers, divers, and wind surfers, there are plenty of yearly competitions, tournaments, and get-togethers. If you want to take lessons and hone your skills on the water, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect instructor or course…
For those who don’t enjoy water sports or boating, there are still many other outdoor activities to enjoy on the Irish “Riviera”.
Walking the Wicklow Way trail is one way to get in touch with nature and stay active while on holiday. You can even tour the region on horseback with a friendly guide!
Honor Your Own Irish Heritage With Authentic Jewelry
If you enjoy learning more about Ireland, and you are of Irish ancestry, you will love wearing a special piece of jewelry that honors your own background.
This Celtic Ribbon Of Life bracelet features delicate Trinity Knots – these symbols of the Holy Trinity have appeared on Celtic art and landmarks since the 6th century.
Gentle, curving Ribbons of Life are interspersed with Trinity Knots, honoring past, present, and future…this affordable piece is handcrafted in Ireland, and stamped at the Assay Office in Dublin Castle!
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