Recently, we’ve been blessed with fantastic, sunny weather in Dublin. Although Ireland isn’t known for having a warm, pleasant climate (because let’s be honest, IT DOESN’T), that doesn’t mean that it’s raining and miserable all of the time…only most of the time.

But really, although the cold and rain are not ideal and definitely gets old after a while, what I love about Dublin is how alive the city becomes on a beautiful, warm day. Especially on the weekends. Nothing is more miserable than being stuck inside at work on a gorgeous day, only for it to be raining all weekend. So if it’s a sunny Saturday or Sunday, you’re guaranteed to see the city buzzing. People flooded to the parks, the zoo, the canals, and of course the pubs with outside seating (it is Ireland, after all).

But you’ll also find that people will enjoy the sun, and get their exercise in, by enjoying one of Dublin’s many walking routes. There are some amazing landscapes just outside of Dublin’s city limits that provide great views on sunny days. But, there are also some amazing views to be seen right in the heart of the city itself!

From a light hike on a rugged coastal landscape, to a sunset walk along the canal, to a light morning stroll admiring 4-story Georgian houses….Dublin has amazing walks and walking paths to choose from that vary in every sense of the word…level of difficulty, length, type of views, etc. But one thing they have in common is that they are all PERFECT for a sunny, pleasant day!

Here is the first of five walks for a sunny day in Dublin!

This coastal walk will provide you with some stunning views. Taking you from one village to the to the other, this walk is a great way to spend a sunny day.

Both Bray and Greystones are assessable by the DART train, which makes it really easy to get to from Dublin city centre. Just hop on the train at any of the city centre stations, and it’ll be €10 for a return ticket! Although you can choose whether to walk from Bray to Greystones, or vice versa, most people begin in Bray. This is because it’s a shorter train ride from Dublin, which means you can work your way even further down the coast and then catch the longer train home from Greystones. Also, Greystones has lots of great places to eat when you’re finished with your walk!

When arriving in Bray, exit the DART station and make your way toward the beach. With the pebbled sand and the soft waves, this is really worth walking anyway. The walking path starts at the other end of the seafront. From there, it’s pretty straightforward and there are lots of markers along the way. From the start of the path, you’ll follow the road up to a parking lot and from there, you’ll go around the head on the cliffs.

The views from the cliffs are stunning. Also, if you’re lucky, you may be able to catch a glimpse of a dolphin in the water!

When you finish in Greystones and are in need of some food, check out The Happy Pear! All the food is fresh, organic, and DELISH! After eating as much as your heart desires, take the DART back to Dublin – It’s that simple! There really isn’t a better way to spend a sunny day, and the views on this walk won’t disappoint.

Distance: 7km

Time: 2.5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Here is the the map route also.

Thanks to our guest blogger, Sara. Sara is a Louisiana native and past USIT participant living in Dublin. Follow along with her travels and recounts of expat life.

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