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An Afternoon by the Sea

The Dublin Bay is a wonderful place to go to spend an afternoon, and one stop that you can’t miss is the beautiful fishing village of Bray! Bray is located south of Dublin and is only a short train ride away.

A great way to start your morning in Bray is with a walk along the pier.

There is a lovely seaside path that walks right along the sand, and offers beautiful views out to sea. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try going for a swim! However, they’re only about 13 degrees Celcius at the hottest time of the year. That’s about 55 degrees Fahrenheit – not very warm!

After spending the morning by the ocean, you can head off on the famous Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk. The walk goes right around the bay and wraps around the cliffs along the coast. If you look down, you can even see the DART running all the way out to Greystones!

Along your walk, you can take a little detour up to the Bray Cross. It’s only 170 meters up, but it can get tiring so bring good walking shoes! From the top of the mountain you get a stunning view out to sea and can also look down on the town of Bray. When you’re ready to continue your walk, you can either climb down and continue along the cliff path, or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can continue on to Greystones bye walking through the mountains and down around the golf course. The mountain path joins up with the cliff path on several occasions, so if you want a change of scenery at any point you can always change your route!

When you make it to Greystones, you’ll probably be ready for a snack. You can either stop by one of the local takeaways for some fresh fish and chips, or you can grab a coffee and a crepe at La Creperie Pierre Gris. Both have some delicious ice cream to cool you down after your hike!

When you’re ready to head home, you can either board the DART to head back to Bray, or you can try walking back along the cliff path again and trying one of the other paths. Enjoy the lights of Bray and a stroll past the children’s carousel before heading back for a relaxing evening at Ariel House.

Next week I’ll be posting about one of Dublin’s theatres and its rich history. See you then!

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