Dún Laoghaire: Dublin Day Trip

After a quick visit to St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, my companions and I met up with my favourite Irish travel blogger, Ciara from @mysuitcasediaries. You can check out her blog here. After chatting on Instagram for what feels like forever, I was so glad to finally meet up. Ciara offered to take us on a little day trip outside of the bustling city to a place called Dún Laoghaire.

Dún Laoghaire: a coastal city near Dublin, Ireland.

Getting to Dún Laoghaire

If you take the DART from downtown Dublin, it takes about 20 minutes to get there. I’ll link the google maps trip here.

Dún Laoghaire is the cutest seaside getaway: one that I definitely didn’t expect to find this close to the city. Apparently, it’s pronounced Doon Leary, so make sure to say it right! I think on my first attempt I said Done Log-hair. Major facepalm.

We spent a warm May afternoon there, but you could totally spend a day or two! The town was built around its 200 year old pier, and is filled with things to do. Whether you want to try a new water activity, do a little shopping, or dive into local history, Dún Laoghaire has it.

Check out the town’s website for a full list of what’s going on.

Dún Laoghaire in Ireland. Day trips from Dublin. Fishing off the pier with sailboats in the background.

Teddy’s Ice Cream: 99 Reasons to Smile

Ciara suggested we try Teddy’s, a charming ice cream shack on the pier. It is a chain in Dublin, but feels pretty authentic.

Visiting Dún Laoghaire in Ireland for famous Teddy's ice cream truck.
Dún Laoghaire in Ireland. Day trips from Dublin to coastal sailing towns with a pier.
The Teddy’s van is located inside the Lighthouse on the pier.

While they have an enormous range of flavours of both ice cream and gelato, we opted to try the traditional whipped vanilla.

The best ice cream in Ireland - Teddy's soft serve.

After this refreshing treat, we enjoyed the views of the bay. If you’re looking for a little something more to eat, I’d highly recommend grabbing fish & chips at one of the shacks near the pier. You really can’t beat fresh seafood!

An unusual 25C day made for many sailboats on the water and a few fishermen on the pier. It turned out to be the perfect day for sight-seeing.

We finished our time here with a patio beer at The Forty Foot pub across the street. I will always value the time we spent with Ciara chatting about Canadian and Irish culture. If you don’t have any global friends, I urge you to make some!

Sailing off the coast in Europe with blue water and a bright cloudy day.

Why visit Dún Laoghaire?

Dún Laoghaire is an excellent day trip option if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin. Being so close by and with so many things to do, it’s a great way to experience something a little lesser known. You could easily squeeze in a visit if you’re only in Ireland for a few days (like we did!).

It’s very picturesque, so bring your camera.

Dún Laoghaire pier outside of Dublin, Ireland. Very picturesque turn of the century architecture. I can just imagine a big brass band playing to entertain the Victorians.

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  1. Patricia
    June 13, 2019 / 10:13 pm

    How in the world is anyone supposed to guess that pronunciation?? Thanks for the heads up!! And the ice cream looks delishhhh! I want to go just for that!

    • catekittlitz
      June 14, 2019 / 2:14 pm

      I’d travel for ice cream haha, not going to lie!

  2. June 25, 2019 / 4:13 pm

    This place is gorgeous! The ice cream truck is so adorable and you’re making me crave for good ol’ Vanilla ice cream now.

    • catekittlitz
      July 5, 2019 / 2:06 am

      Isn’t it the cutest?! Vanilla can be the best honestly.

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