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.

A gazebo in the center of Dun Laoghaire, Ireland | BIG tiny World Travel

One such area was Dun Laoghaire. Impossible to spell for us Americans, it’s pronounced rather simply: “dun leery.” And regardless of its name, we enjoyed exploring this fun little area!

The Harbor

Right on the coast, this town offers beautiful scenes of the Irish Sea, along with the marinas that line her shores. We spent about half the day just walking along the coast and out onto the kilometer-long pier.

The wind was blowing that day, so it was a bit chilly, and the water was choppy, but we still stopped for a short time to just take in all the sights of the harbor – from the swaying sailboats to the screaming seagulls.

Monkstown

Monkstown Church in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland | BIG tiny World Travel
Monkstown Church in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland | BIG tiny World Travel

We spent the other half venturing into Monkstown. There, we found a number of beautiful churches to admire from the outside, as well as an old castle ruins.

The wind was calmer inland, making the weather incredibly pleasant.

I love old ruins, so this was a fantastic find! And the best part: there was no one else there! It also helped that it was entirely free to roam the premises. Though small, it had plenty to offer. And though the tower was locked closed, we still found a small hole in a rusty door through which we slipped a camera and snuck a peek at the inside. Just as long as we didn’t drop the camera inside!

A sailboat anchored in the harbor at Dun Laoghaire, Ireland | BIG tiny World Travel

All in all, we enjoyed the day, and we had so many similar areas to explore on subsequent days.. provided the weather would hold!

What is your favorite coastal town?


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