Dublin Bay Cruises
Posted by Niamh Allabyrne on the 21st of August 2013 at 09:59:13
It’s not often that you gain a new perspective on your native city, but thanks to Dublin Bay Cruises, I saw my city in all her shimmering glory on a hot August day. We took sail from Dun Laoighre to Howth on a 90 minute cruise, taking in all the sights of Dublin Bay and while the clouds did chase us across the sea, they never unleashed their wet cargo. On board the St. Bridget we stood on deck and admired the azure like blues of the Irish Seas and with a balmy wind enjoyed for (most of) the trip across the Bay, you could be forgiven in thinking that you were in fact a million miles from Ireland, in the dusky heats of the Caribbean.
Setting sail at 11am, the ship led us out of Dun Laoighre Harbour towards Howth. Along the way, commentary was given as we sailed past various points of interests such as the towns and villages along Dublin’s coast line – like Sandycove to the islands of Dublin Bay - Dalkey, Lambay and Ireland’s Eye. The commentary was informative and gave even a native Dubliner like myself some interesting facts about the development of Dublin City – politically, socially and historically.
While on board we did wander around the ship to view the different sights of the Bay, from the open sea to our right to the bustling city of Dublin to our left. The Bay was busy with multi-coloured sailing ships of a medley of sizes dotting the bay, car ferries and import vessels all adding to the Bay’s traffic. Downstairs you could warm up with hot beverage if you wished, although the intermittent hot sun warmed you up plenty before the next onslaught of a cold and rather breath-shuddering wind! Best advice? Layer up!
After sailing across the Bay towards Howth and sailing around Howth Head we disembarked in this gorgeous fishing village. It was busy with a heady mix of tourists and Dubliners all vying to enjoy the good weather. There are plenty of cafes and pubs to enjoy a snack or coffee in, or you could just walk along the pier. For those feeling more energetic – Howth Head is lovely walk/hike and has some amazing views of Dublin. We enjoyed a fish dinner - (fresh from the sea that morning) in one of the local pubs – followed by an obligatory 99 ice-cream as we strolled the pier. We popped into Howth Market and oohed and ahhed over the delicious treats on offer from homemade sweets and muffins to chicken and vegetable skewers! Yum! We then paid a visit to the friendly seals at the harbor who enjoy regular treats from their adoring public.
After a quick pint in the Bloody Stream (the pub by the Dart Station) we headed back to Dublin City via the Dart although we could have made the return journey to Dun Laoighre with the St. Bridget we decided to enjoy an alternative journey over to Dublin’s south-side on the train.
Dublin Bay Cruises run March to October and depart twice a day from Dun Laoighre and Howth. We really enjoyed the day - a great way to see Dublin, learn a little, relax a lot and inhale some of the best sea air around! So next time you're in Dublin be sure a book your spot with Dublin Bay Cruises! You can add them to your Custom Made Tour too!
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