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Clontarf is steeped in history, and is less than 15 minutes drive north of Dublin city centre. The very famous Battle of Clontarf was fought here in 1014 and there is proof of settlers from the 12th Century, if not earlier. Just off the coast is Bull Island, a UNESCO Heritage site and a wild and rugged place to enjoy an afternoon away from your luxury holiday rental property.
Clontarf Castle still remains to this day, despite one of Cromwell’s men burning it down in 1641. Luckily, it was rebuilt and is the jewel in the crown of this picturesque spot. The village has no real central point; instead the main draw is the sea. There is a long promenade that runs for a considerable stretch all along the coastline.
Clontarf first became popular in the 19th Century as a holiday destination for wealthy Dublin people. Urban sprawl took over however, and by the mid 1900s Clontarf was a part of Dublin suburbia. One of the most famous residents of Clontarf was Bram Stoker, the author of “Dracula”, who was born at Number 15, The Crescent in 1847.
Why not follow in the footsteps of 19th Century holiday makers and plan to stay in Clontarf on your next Sunlight Properties self catering vacation in Dublin.
Over 200 acres of public park that is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. A visit to the Rose Garden here is an absolute must for all flower lovers. Open all year round and free of charge.
Go for a brisk walk along this lovely stretch of beach, try out kite surfing or even go for a dip in the Irish Sea - if you're brave enough! You can always enjoy a luxurious hot bath back at your cosy holiday rental home!
Learn about Irish wildlife, flora and fauna at the nature reserve.
One of the best organic food markets in Dublin, due to the high quality of produce. There is also a gallery and coffee shop.
Enjoy a drink here and watch the world go by at this authentic local pub.
Mon – Thurs: 10.30am – 11.30pm
Fri & Sat: 10.30am – 12.30am
Sun: 12.30pm – 11pm
Once the commercial port of Dublin, Dalkey is a beautiful heritage village situated 13 kilometres south of Dublin city. Nestled on the coast, it is one of the most exclusive places to live and residents include the likes of Formula One driver Eddie Irvine, film director Neil Jordan and U2's “The Edge”. Live it up like the rich and famous - click here to check out what holiday rental properties Sunlight Properties have to offer in Dalkey.
As with many towns in this area, there is a castle and heritage centre both well worth a visit. If your self catering holiday apartment is closer to the city centre, Dalkey is easily accessible, as it is conveniently served by the Dart.
There are also some lovely beaches and hill walks in this area, with stunning views back over the bay. Dalkey is definitely one of the most picturesque areas along the Dublin coast.
Guided tours operate three times a week ensuring visitors get the most out of their experience in Dalkey. There are also live history performances at weekends, transporting audiences back to the 10th Century!
Mon – Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat & Sun: 11am – 6pm
Beautiful collections of jewellery from around the world, also a gift shop.
Every Sat: 10am – 5pm
The oldest bar in Dalkey and situated beside the historic castle, this bar and restaurant is a firm favourite, whether you choose to dine in the gastro pub or in the steak restaurant. Opening Hours: See website for hours.
A lovely fish restaurant, conveniently located; also offers an excellent vegetarian menu.
Mon – Sun: 5.30pm – late
Serves delicious food, including local fresh seafood, and craft beers.
Check website for hours.
A buzzing town on Dublin Bay, and settled at the bottom of the Dublin Mountains. The town itself dates back to the early 1800s, and also went through a brief name change to “Kingstown”, after King George IV visited the new port in 1821. The harbour is one of the biggest in the country and is a celebrity in its own right, having been featured in the Liam Neeson movie “Michael Collins”. There is so much to enjoy here, with the perfect mix of water sports, restaurants, walks and shopping in this popular town. It is also the location for many events throughout the year including Summer Classical Concerts and the Christmas Festival.
Located between Sandycove and Dun Laoghaire, this is a very popular swimming spot. So called because the sea is meant to be sufficiently deep, people have no issues diving in, at all times of the year – including Christmas Day.
WARNING! Some hardy locals like to bathe here in their birthday suits!
There are 16 Martello Towers stretching all along the southern coast of Dublin down to Wicklow but this one in Sandycove, just outside Dun Laoghaire, is the one, from the beginning of Ulysess. It now houses a museum dedicated to all things Joycean.
Mon – Sun: 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free but donations welcome.
Just south of this village outside Dun Laoghaire, there lies the ruins of Tully church, dating back to the 12th Century, along with two high crosses. If monuments from the Viking era are of interest to you, it is well worth a visit during your Sunlight Properties holiday in Dublin.
Charming, family run, seafront restaurant, located between Sandycove and Dun Laoghaire.
Tues – Sun: 5.30pm – Late
Fri – Sun: 11am – 4pm
Retro, 70's vibe pub, offering nightly entertainment, teamed with craft beers and exciting cocktails.
Check website for hours.
Howth is a beautiful coastal village situated 15 kilometres north of Dublin City. It is served by the Dart and is famous for its stunning headland, picture perfect views across Dublin Bay, Howth Castle and its many delicious seafood restaurants. Howth is another affluent part of Dublin and notable people who live or have lived here include actress Saoirse Ronan, Larry Mullen (U2), Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries) and WB Yeats, who spent some of his childhood living in Howth.
Howth is one of the best places to get out and about and see the beautiful Dublin countryside. Heather covered fields roll down to the cliffs and there are many different hiking routes, each as enjoyable as the next. Although the views are glorious here on a sunny day, it is also a beautiful place to go on a wild winter’s day! Wrap up warm and enjoy an energetic hike before making your way back to the village for a delicious seafood meal.
For an alternative way to get around during your Sunlight Properties vacation, why not book a Dublin Bay Cruise from the city or Dun Laoghaire to Howth?
This impressive castle has been in the same family for 800 years and is still used as the family home. Despite this, they are happy to show people around but appointments must be made well in advance. Why not take this opportunity to learn more about its colourful history while you are staying in your own luxury holiday property?
Every Sunday and Bank Holiday, this large farmers market sets up opposite the harbour. Offering a wide range of fresh, organic and wholesome products, this is a great way to while away a few hours on a Sunday and provides the opportunity to take home some fresh produce to enjoy in your own Sunlight Properties holiday rental.
An award winning seafood restaurant with a pretty view across the harbour; the fish and seafood menu depends on what has been caught that day!
Mon – Sun: 12.30pm – Late
A small, friendly seafood and tapas restaurant plus wine bar; located about halfway down the pier. The food is good, the atmosphere is buzzing and the service is always friendly.
Sun – Thurs: 12pm – 9pm
Fri & Sat: 12pm – 10.30pm
Conveniently located beside the Dart station, this is the perfect place to enjoy a drink before you make your way back to the city. Depending on the weather, choose to sit inside the cosy bar, complete with roaring fire places, or outside in the large beer garden. Live bands play every weekend, giving a real party atmosphere to this popular pub and restaurant.
Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 11.30pm
Fri & Sat: 12pm – 12.30am
Sun: 12pm – 1.30am
Another impossibly picturesque town on Dublin's coast, just south of Dalkey, Killiney is a beautiful place to base a luxury self catering holiday in Dublin. Click here to view Sunlight Properties range of holiday lets in Killiney. If you are just visiting from your city vacation property, Killiney can be easily reached on the Dart. Enjoy the panoramic views over Dublin Bay and the Sugar Loaf Mountain from the top of Killiney Hill, which rises 170 metres above sea level. Take a leisurely stroll down the magnificent beach from the pretty village. Many famous faces have made Killiney their home including Bono and Van Morrisson. Enya has also made her home here, having bought Victoria Castle and renaming it “Manderley Castle”
Treat yourself to an award winning meal after an invigorating afternoon around Killiney Hill or beach. Recently awarded 2AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence, PJ's is a fine choice for Sunday brunch or dinner.
Fri & Sat: 6pm – 10pm
Sun: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
15 kilometres to the north of Dubin city lies Malahide, a coastal village that is also steeped in history. First known to be settled by the Vikings who used the estuary as a base, the Talbot family have been linked to Malahide since the late 1100s. They were in ownership of the entire estate up until 1975 when it was sold to the Irish state. It has recently undergone extensive refurbishment and Malahide Castle, the gardens and demesne are now open to the public. While the village is a charming place to visit, the castle is certainly a highlight of any trip to Malahide.
In the Talbot family for over 800 years until the 1970s, the castle and its gardens now fully restored to their former glory, are open to the public. Guided tours operate daily. See their website for more details.
Each Saturday afternoon throughout the year this market offers crafts, jewellery and art to eager shoppers.