Bray- *Dublin Holiday Maker – Best Coastal Walks Award*
Whether you are travelling to Dublin for a long holiday, a short break or a hen / stag weekend, you should try and fit in a trip to the delightful coastal town of Bray, which is just over the Wicklow border, but a fairly short trip on the DART from Connolly station. Bray is only about fourteen miles from central Dublin, and to miss this town from your holiday itinerary would be a real shame. The coastal walk from Bray to Greystones is a delight, if you have the time and energy.
A few years ago I went on a stag weekend to Dublin and after and after two days and nights of partying I decided I needed a break. We were due to catch an evening flight from Dublin Airport, so that morning, after checking out of the hotel, I left my bags in a locker in Connolly Station and took the DART to Bray.
A bit hungover, tired, and having half given up on that day, I immediately perked up when the DART began to find it’s way along the coast. With each wave that I saw crashing into the shoreline my spirits elevated.
And then I arrived. As I left the station and took a big gulp of that sea air I knew that Bray would prove to be the best memory of that weekend break in Dublin.
A view of Bray from the DART. You will notice the long sand and shingle beach, and beyond them the Dublin mountains. Bray is a beautiful and peaceful town with rugged, but manageable countryside sitting on it’s doorstep.
I walked over to the mile-long promenade and climbed down the steps to the beach where I began a stroll towards the far end, and towards the Dublin mountains, which rise up out of, and overlook, the Irish sea – towards an invisible Welsh coast line.
The beach at Bray – which leads to the Dublin Mountains
When I came to the end of the beach I climbed the stairs at the end of the promenade and found myself at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. There were -and are- several well-worn and winding paths that lead to the summit of Bray Head. The one I chose was surrounded by trees, bushes and other vegetation.
As you climb Bray Head the sea is hidden by an ocean of flowers and trees.
As I closed in on -and then reached- the summit the greenery suddenly receded and a beautiful, blue vista of sparkling sea opened before me on the east; whilst to the south I could see the tall mountains of Wicklow.
This is a view of the Wicklow Mountains from the top of Bray Head. The cross marks the summit of Bray Head.
A view of the ocean from Bray Head
I will always remember this view as the most pleasing during that weekend break in Dublin; and one of the best views I have seen during any trip or holiday I have had in Ireland, or anywhere else in the world.