A Glimpse of Irish Bushwhacking

Have you ever had an impromptu off-trail adventure?

We didn’t plan on scaling a steep hillside. The Greystones to Bray cliff walk was supposed to a fairly gentle walk along the beautiful Irish shoreline.

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A Glimpse of the Greystones to Bray Cliff Walk

What cool city hikes have you found during your travels?

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Our amazing couchsurfing host recommended the Greystones to Bray cliff walk hike while we were staying with him in Dublin, Ireland. This 6km walk meanders along the beautiful Irish coastline, providing spectacular views of cliffs and waves as you enjoy the lush green hillside and ancient rock walls.

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A Glimpse of Howth Castle

What do you love to seek out when you travel?

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When we aren’t otherwise chasing beautiful landscapes or diving into the local history, we love love love ruins. Just the way nature starts reclaiming what man once built, that beautiful decay. Picturing how it all looked long ago, what each room was used for. If walls could speak, right?

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A Glimpse of Howth

Do you love watching sail boats as much as we do?

Howth (pronounced like the “Hoth” of Star Wars, minus the tauntauns) was another day trip suggestion from our amazing couchsurfing host in Dublin, Ireland. This quaint marina town not only featured a thousand sails (no need for Helen of Troy), but we also found an old church ruin (complete with scenic graveyard) and a wonderful pier lined with musical buskers.

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A Glimpse of Dun Laoghaire

What have been some of your favorite day trips?

We were very fortunate to stay with a local Irish man just outside of Dublin, Ireland, who was able to give us some insight into some of the best day trips surrounding the city of Ireland.

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A Glimpse of Phoenix Park

What is the most memorable wildlife experience you’ve had within city limits?

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One of the lesser-known spots to visit within Dublin is the beautiful Phoenix Park. At nearly 3 square miles, it is one of the largest capital city parks in Europe. It is known for housing the Wellington Monument (the largest obelisk in Europe) and the Dublin Zoo.

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A Glimpse of Irish Pubs

Where is the coolest place you’ve had a drink?

We couldn’t go to Dublin without stopping into a traditional Irish pub. Wonderful, boisterous atmosphere, Guinness by the pint, classic fish ‘n’ chips, and of course, live Irish music.

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A Glimpse of Dublin

What capital cities have you fallen in love with?

Dublin is a wonderful mix of culture, history, pubs, and Irish charm. We were super fortunate to be able to stay with a true Irish gentleman just outside of the city who could tell us the best places to find a Guinness and how to navigate the local transit system. This is one of the things we love most about Couchsurfing!

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A Glimpse of Balbriggan

What is your favorite coastal town?

Like many of our prior cat-sits, we hadn’t originally planned ongoing to the small coastal town of Balbriggan just north of Dublin in Ireland. However, we have a tendency to follow cats around the world.

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