Experience the beauty of Fingal with a five day stay. The visitor can get deeper into all that this region has to offer.
Arriving in Malahide, take time to get settled in. Sample the unique atmosphere of the village. A browse around the many shops, restaurants and bars is a great introduction to this heritage village. Savour the delightful dilemma of where to eat on your first day.
A visit to the renowned Malahide Castle and gardens is a must. Set in 260 acres, the Castle and Gardens is one of Irelands premier tourist attractions. The 12th century castle was home to the Talbot family for more than 800 years. The gardens feature many rare species of flora and fauna and are a must for all horticultural experts and amateurs alike. Extensive walks, a children’s playground and outdoor exercise equipment can pass several hours in and around the castle.
A visit to one of Malahide’s famous pubs for a drink and music session or just good conversation with the locals is an ideal way to round off the second day of your stay in Malahide.
Shopping and stroll
A leisurely stroll around the many shops and attractions in Malahide is a good way to continue your visit. The village which retains many of its original architectural features is home to a wide variety of shops, featuring clothes, food and bric a brac. A morning spent browsing and shopping can be rounded off with lunch in one of the many restaurants and bars that serve a wide range of meals from simple sandwiches to gourmet fare.
Time for a walk after all that shopping. A trip along the coastal path out past the tennis club provides brisk coastal air and stunning views of Lambay island. For visitors who fancy a more energetic afternoon walk the full length of the coastal path between Malahide and Portmarnock is a must. The walk features miles of beautifully rugged coastline and breathtaking views of Lambay Island, the Howth peninsula and Dublin Bay. Visitors can relax on the beach, go for a swim or take in the sea air and beautiful scenery on the coastal walk.
Some visitors might choose to travel further afield, to Howth for a walk, and some refreshment. The more nimble-footed might choose to take a cliff walk in this seaside village. Suggested routes to suit most abilities are available. All the routes provide views of the Bailey lighthouse and out across Dublin bay.
Dinner and a drink in one of Howth’s famous seafood restaurants will finish off the day in style.
A longer stay will allow the visitor to visit Dublin city centre and one of the many tourist attractions in Ireland’s Capital. Public transport is the best way to make the journey into the centre. The DART or bus trip takes around 40 minutes. A day spent shopping or visiting the many historic attractions might be finished off with a meal in the city centre before taking the train or bus back to Malahide. Transport services run until approximately 23:00. Alternatively, if the sight-seeing has taken its toll an early evening return to Malahide for food in one of the many eating venues can provide a relaxing end to day four.
A visit to one of the other Fingal towns or villages is a great way to spend day five in the area. Rush, Skerries or Balbriggan are all within 30 mins from Malahide by train or bus. The sea air and historic sites dotted around the Fingal coastline will give the visitor a taste of what is on offer for the compulsory return visit to the area. Newbridge House and demesne in Donabate, or Ardgillan Castle in Balrothery will provide a different insight into Fingal’s many big houses and castles. Alternatively, a short hop by bus, or walk for the more energetic visitor, from Malahide will bring you to Swords. This bustling county town offers History and retail in equal measure. A tour of Swords castle will unveil some of the rich history of the area, before spending the rest of the day shopping. Malahide is only 3 kilometres away so the visitor can choose to finish the day in Swords with many food options or return to Malahide where, by now you will be treated as a regular in the bars and restaurants.