If you haven’t already seen the Lambay Island wallabies, climbed Ticknock Hill or kayaked with seals in Dalkey, you’re definitely behind on the Dublin adventures to do list. You can start small with these five incredible viewpoints in Dublin. Distance shouldn’t be an issue as you can find these local lookouts near the city centre and they are easily reached by taking the Luas, bus or DART.
Stroll along the Great South Wall until you reach Poolbeg Lighthouse. Starting from Sandymont Beach/Sean Moore Park, the scenic walk stretches across 4km. As you find yourself further out in Dublin Bay and reaching the bright red, 18th century lighthouse, turn around for a panoramic view of Dublin’s Fair City.
📍South Wall, Poolbeg, Dublin 4
2. Killiney Hill
There are plenty of places for a great hike near Dublin but Killiney Hill is one of the Southside’s most beloved treasures. Killiney Hill and Dalkey Hill form part of a small public park. Grab a coffee on your way up from Killiney Hill Tearooms. At the top of Killiney Hill, you can take in the views of Dalkey and Killiney villages. Make your way down into Dalkey village and discover its charming cafes, restaurants, and gape at the millionaires’ mansions.
📍Killiney Hill Park, Killiney Hill Road, Dublin
3. The Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse
For one of the most impressive viewpoints in Dublin, and the added reward of a perfectly poured pint, The Gravity Bar at the iconic Guinness Storehouse is not to be missed. Who says reaching the summit can’t involve appreciating the story of one of the most famous stouts in the world and being handed the black stuff with your own selfie printed on its head? Sip on a smooth Guinness inside the spaceship-like bar boasting a 360-degree view stretching from the Wicklow Mountains to Dublin Bay. “Lovely day for a Guinness?”
📍St. James’s Gate, Dublin 8
4. Howth Head
The Howth Head Walk easily has some of the greatest views in Dublin. Luckily, there are five different trails/versions of the walk that can be followed depending on how much ground you want to cover. Breathe in the fresh Irish Sea air whilst beholding Dublin’s coastline and rugged cliffs in all their glory. After a lengthy stroll around Howth Head, you can journey into the picturesque village for a post-walk meal in a cosy pub or restaurant.
📍Howth Village, Howth, Co. Dublin
5. Sophie’s Rooftop Restaurant
Although there’s no trekking involved in getting to the rooftop at Sophie’s, this stylish restaurant’s views are worth seeing. Soak in 360-degree views of the city perched on the top of The Dean Hotel. Whether you are seated inside or outside, it is impossible to miss the breathtaking sweep of the city. Catching a glimpse of Ireland’s most beautiful sights can be just as adventurous even if they’re seen from an elegant rooftop or glamping site.
📍33 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2