17 scenic and peaceful spots to enjoy during an Ireland staycation
We’re in a world of Irish staycations and finding things to do not far from home.
And while many of us would love to head out to another country on holiday – there’s so much beauty and hidden gems to find across Dublin.
There’s plenty of scenic and peaceful walks to take in, and we’re surrounded by beaches, forests, mountains and nature.
So why not take the time to take in the surrounds close to home!
Ranging from 6km to 18km depending on the route you take, Ticknock Hill is one of the best forest routes in Dublin.
It’s far enough away from the city centre that you feel like you’re in the countryside but close enough that you know you’re not far from home.
The Dodder Walk
One of the best walks that takes you through several parts of Dublin, the Dodder Walk heads from Bushy Park through to Milltown.
Along the way, you’ll be able to take in the ebbs and flows of one of Dublin’s most beautiful suburban rivers.
Not only does this walk include a historical site, but you’re going to experience one of the best views of Dublin.
Taking you up Montpelier Hill, it’s also great for fitness as it can be steep in parts.
This is a more leisurely stroll that you can take from the nearby car park or from Killiney station – and it should take less than an hour.
And the arrival is the best part, with stunning views across the coastline and the obelisk atop Killiney Hill.
Home to the Bohernabreena reservoir, this scenic walk can begin as far back as Sean Walsh park beside Tallaght stadium.
Reaching over 9km, it’s a pleasant walk that takes about two hours to do and the views of the reservoir at the end make every single step worth it.
The Bog of Frogs loop
This one is challenging, but takes in the best of Howth which makes it absolutely worth it.
Over 12 km you begin at Howth DART station before looping around the cliffs to bring you past the reservoir and back again. Stunning!
Located in an area known as The Scalp, this route along the old Dublin to Eniskerry road is as peaceful as it is historic.
If you’re lucky you may even spot a wild goat or two while out on the trail!
Only a stone’s throw away from Dublin, this may be one of the most popular walks in the country but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.
It’s probably one of the best ways to see the Irish Sea and the Wicklow Mountains as you head out of Bray and when you’re done you can get the DART back to the starting point.
Another spot outside of Dublin, Glendalough offers multiple walking trails so there’s something for everyone.
Steeped in history, the routes through the Wicklow National Park makes any walk relaxing.
Great South Wall
Also known as the Poolbeg Lighthouse walk, it’s a great way to enjoy the views of ships docking in and out of Dublin Bay.
On a clear day, the hour long walk will give you stunning views of the capital and won’t make you feel like you’re on top of the city centre.
Malahide to Portmarnock coastal walk
If you’re looking for an enjoyable walk with amazing views, this is the one to pick.
Over 5km, the route goes over a mainly flat surface between the two north Dublin coastal suburbs.
North Bull Island
Nestled in between Clontarf and Raheny, this is a great route for potential birdwatchers – especially in the couple of hours before high tide.
It’s also a brilliant way to see Howth Head from a distance, without being too far away.
Botanic Gardens and Glasnevin Cemetery
Right in the heart of Glasnevin, the Botanic Gardens feel like they’re a world away from Dublin’s city centre.
And although it’s a place to remember those who have left us, the Glasnevin Cemetery is not only a memorable walk but the resting place for some of Ireland’s most historic figures.
While there are many routes in Phoenix Park that are busy every day with the public, some are off the beaten track.
Whether it’s a family day out or if you’re looking for something more scenic and filled with nature, there’s something for everyone in one of Europe’s largest urban parks.
Located in north county Dublin between Donabate-Portrane and Rush, it’s also considered to be one of the best nature reserves in the capital.
One of the greatest legends about the area is that if there was no water at the mouth of the estuary, people would be able to walk from Rush to Donabate in barely any time at all!
While the Red Island itself may no longer exist, the area in Skerries is still fondly known by the name.
This lovely walk across the Skerries seafront is a great one for all the family, so definitely worth checking out.
Another route on the Dublin Mountains Way, it’s a lovely walk with a bit of a hike at the end before you get to take in all the views.
If you want to make a family day of it, there’s also the Zipit Forest Adventures so there’s something for absolutely everyone.