I grew up walking Dun Laoghaire pier, and it’s one of my favourite walks in the whole world.
The East pier is the most popular walk, and is a 2.6km return journey. It’s definitely the most scenic, with incredible views of Dublin Bay. You pass beautiful sights on your way such as a sundial, a fabulously ornate bandstand and finally the now-abandoned lighthouse that used to guide ships waiting to get into Dublin Port. You may well see the ferry come in, plus plenty of bobbing sailboats.
Teddy’s Ice Cream is a Dublin institution and a must-try on a walk down the pier, whatever the season! Their ’99s’ (whipped vanilla ice-cream in a cone with a chocolate flake) is their speciality. The original shop is a few minutes’ walk away from the pier, but Teddy’s ice-cream vans have smartly set up directly on the pier in recent years, and the queues are always long – for good reason.
The west pier is worth the walk too but is a bit rougher around the edges in comparison to the pretty east pier, and is definitely not as busy or commercial (which some may prefer).
There are plenty of extra things to do in Dun Laoghaire to round off your day out, as written about by me (Oliveto) and by other spotters (Fallon and Byrne, The Forty Foot, The James Joyce Tower and People’s Park Market). I advise you to make a day of it, using our spots as your guide!