“Why would you spend your time walking so much if there is plenty offered in Dublin city within a short stroll?”, I hear sometimes from friends here. The answer is simple: I love walking and I love quiet. Dublin, although small compared to many other capitals, is a vibrant city, densely concentrated in its center, where I prefer living for convenience. However, nothing is better for me than getting out of the noise and visiting one of the natural and/or seaside spots within walking distance.
With all that, I can come back to the routine within a short time, no need to travel far! Dublin is just perfect for these kind of spots. And one of the top on my list is Poolbeg Lighthouse.
To warn you in advance: this is not a short walk, plan 2+ hours to walk there from town and dress warmly. When passing by Dublin port and the local power station please do not get put off by the quite industrial surroundings – it will get better! I first see the Shelly Banks beach appearing an sight, and then in about 25 minutes, when walking on the Great South Wall together with the wind – I see the lighthouse in bright red color. It was build in the 18th century and operated with candlepower back then. On weekends, there is a coffee car at the start of the pier, by Mr. Hobbs, which has yummy hot chocolate I usually get.
Let me know how your walk goes!