While the Emerald Isle isn’t always known for its impressive weather, when the sun does decide to show its face in the island’s capital city, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and experience all the thrilling outdoor activities available in Dublin.
Whether you’re a seasoned swimmer or an avid thrill seeker, Dublin city centre and its surroundings have something for pretty much any outdoor enthusiast. Enjoy panoramic views of Dublin Bay as you soar through the Dublin mountains; take a dip with the locals in the fresh Irish sea waters or try out some stand-up paddle boarding on Dollymount beach.
These are the top outdoor activities in Dublin that you should stick on your to-do list.
Rent a Bike in the Phoenix park
Renowned for being the largest enclosed public park in any of Europe’s capital cities, Phoenix Park is home to beautiful fallow deer, Victorian flower gardens, the official home of the president of Ireland: Áras an Uachtaráin, and a number of historic monuments. And there’s pretty much no better way of seeing these sites than on two wheels!
Phoenix Park Bikes, located at the entrance of the park, offers one of the best ways to experience one of Ireland’s most well-known parks. Rent a standard bike from anywhere between an hour or the full day or if you’re looking for a different kind of biking experience – why not try out a tandem or electric bike? Interested in learning about the history of Phoenix Park? Try out a guided bike tour instead.
Zipline Through the Dublin mountains
Tibradden is a beautiful wood in the Dublin Mountains. Located 20 minutes drive from Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, it can be easily accessed through a minibus hire or the dedicated Hilltop Treks Bus Hire. While the wood can be explored on foot, the option to zipline through the treetops might be preferable for adventure lovers!
Zipit is a forest adventure park for all ages in Tibradden. Climb into the treetops and take in the views of Dublin Bay and the seaside village of Howth as you zip through the pine woods on one of the many zip lines. If you want to continue exploring, follow the 5km forest trail towards the Wicklow Way where you will come across The Merry Ploughboy; a traditional Irish pub known for its live music and great atmosphere.
Tip: Onsite South City Centre parking is available for guests of Clayton Hotel Burlington Road.
Experience the Howth Cliff Walk
The charming fishing village of Howth boasts great seafood, a fantastic weekend market and, to top it all off – an impressive range of outdoor experiences; with Howth Cliff Walk likely one of the most popular among locals and tourists alike.
Hop on a Dart from Dublin city centre and make your way to Howth. The Howth cliff walk starts once you get off the train. That’s right, this 6km clifftop loop begins in the endearing harbour village and brings you towards the breath-taking clifftops where you’ll experience blissful views of Lambay Island, Ireland’s Eye and Dublin Bay. Once you’re finished, be sure to drop into one of the many local restaurants and pubs in the area for a well-deserved Irish meal.
Sea Swim With the Locals
The Irish locals are fond of a sea swim. Rain, hail or shine, it’s likely that you will spot people taking a dip into the fresh Irish sea with the Forty Foot in Dun Laoghaire and Vico Baths in Killiney the preferred choice of many.
The Forty Foot in the port town of Dun Laoghaire draws friends and families all year round (it’s not unusual for crowds to gather for a swim here on Christmas morning!) and is a short drive or cycle from the hotel or it can be reached by the Dart from the city centre. If you’re interested in a slightly more secluded spot, Vico Baths in the seaside resort of Killiney has both a swirling pool and a bathing spot for those looking for a more relaxing sea experience!
Water Sports on Dollymount Beach
The shores of Bull Island on Dollymount beach are the perfect spot for kitesurfing, windsurfing and of course, the popular stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). So, if you’re a keen water sports enthusiast, a trip here is a must!
Pure Magic know all there is to know about water sports and offer kitesurfing sessions and stand-up paddleboarding lessons along the shores. Experienced kitesurfers also have the option to rent the equipment for a few hours or even a full day. If water sports aren’t for you, Dollymount is also a great place to visit if you’re simply interested in watching novice kayakers, kite surfers or SUPers in their natural habitat.
Dublin Hotel for Couples
After a day of experiencing the top outdoor activities in Dublin, put your feet up and relax in one of Clayton Hotel Burlington Road’s luxurious rooms. With a range of special offers available for couples, there is something to keep a smile on everyone’s face at Clayton Hotel Burlington Road.