Our home is located in beautiful Skerries, a small fishing village by the sea located 30 minutes by train from Dublin. Often regarded as a well-hidden...
Where is it?
Our house is in a new residential development on the coast near Skerries (see video 3 attached for an aerial view the area between our house and Skerries harbour). A nice mix of young families and retired couples have moved into the area. There is a small playground 200m from the house with views over the sea towards the Mourne mountains in Northern Ireland. There is a supermarket, pharmacy and gym all within short walking distance.
The house lies about 1.5km from the main centre of Skerries ( http://visitskerries.ie/ ). From the house, the town can be accessed along the coast on foot (25mins), by bike (5mins) or car (plenty taxis available also). In Skerries you will find fantastic local amenities including beaches, coastal promenade, playground, restaurants, cafes, pubs, and various local shops and produce (and ice cream!). Skerries Windmills ( http://www.skerriesmills.ie/ ) is a local tourist attraction that also hosts small markets at the weekends.
In our free time, we love boating and sailing in Skerries, visiting the many local parks or taking coastal and mountain hikes further afield. Some of our favourite excursions from Skerries include:
- Ardgillan Castle and Demesne ( http://ardgillancastle.ie/ ) (2km): A very short drive from our house lies this extensive parkland with estate house, woodland walks, tea rooms and an extensive adventure playground for kids of all ages.
- Newbridge House and Farm ( http://www.newbridgehouseandfarm.com/ ) (10km / 10min train): Extensive parkland with an 18th century working farm open to visitors.
- Malahide Castle: ( https://www.malahidecastleandgardens.ie/ ) (15km / 15min train) - Situated in the pleasant coastal town of Malahide with castle, shops, restaurant, playground and gardens.
HISTORY / ARCHEOLOGY:
- Newgrange / Bru na Boinne: ( https://www.irelandsancienteast.com/discover/stories/featured-stories/bru-na-boinne ) (30 mins drive): 5000 year old burial tombs and one of the best archaeological sites in Europe is very close by and one of the unmissable excursions for anyone interested in history.
- Glendalough ( http://www.glendalough.ie/ ) (90 mins drive): 6th Century Monastic Settlement by lakes in the scenic Wicklow Mountains.
LONGER WALKS & HIKING:
- Howth / Cliff walk ( http://www.visitdublin.com/hooked-on-howth-dublin ) - (25km / 40 min train) The fishing town of Howth offers great walks and great seafood. We love the fantastic cliff path walk around Howth Head with views across Dublin Bay.
- The Dublin and Wicklow mountains south of Dublin (60 - 90 mins away) have great marked walking routes for those seeking more adventurous days out:
- Our favourite loop walk is called the "Spinc" and is well marked route from Glendalough that older kids can enjoy also: ( http://www.wicklowwalks.com/the-spinc )
FOR THE KIDS:
- Dublin Zoo: ( http://www.dublinzoo.ie/ ) (30mins): Situated in the famous Phoenix Park in Dublin, this is a great spacious zoo.
- Tayto Park: ( http://www.taytopark.ie/ ) (45 mins): Amusement park with large adventure playgrounds, a zoo and Europe's largest wooden rollercoaster!
- W5 Science Museum ( http://www.w5online.co.uk/ ) (90 mins): Adjacent to the Titanic museum in Belfast, our kids love this large interactive science museum.
DUBLIN (and BELFAST):
Skerries train station (about 2km from the house - car parking available) is on the main Dublin to Belfast line and regular trains to Dublin Connolly Station take about 30mins. From here you have all the attractions that the capital city has to offer (see www.visitdublin.ie ). Northern Ireland is not far (about 1 hour drive) and Belfast can be reached easily in a day trip (1.5 hours), including the award winning Titanic museum ( http://titanicbelfast.com/ )
There is plenty to do locally in day trips, but for those who wish to venture further to explore Ireland, we adore visiting the dramatic and beautiful West Coast of Ireland, whenever there is a good weather forecast! It is a 2 to 4 hour drive, depending on where you wish to go to the west coast. There are many B&Bs that can take late notice bookings for overnight trips.
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