When we say gold we don’t mean real gold but we do promise golden moments. One of the great advantages of living and studying English in Dublin, is the city’s proximity to both the mountains and the sea. A few weeks back, we took you on a journey of our coastline, this week it’s time to get the hiking boots on and get out up into the mountains.
Three Rock Mountain
Overlooking Dublin like a sentinel, Three Rock is probably Dublin’s best known mountain. It can be seen from all over the city and you can see all over the city from its summit. On clear days, you can even see as far as Wales and Liverpool.
This spot is very popular at weekends so if you are driving up, prepare for some nifty parking. It can be reached by bus but there is a good walk to the start of the climb from the bottom road.
Get the 47 to Stepaside or better still, take the car.
Hell Fire Club
Another walk with great views across the capital.
The Hellfire Club was built in 1725 as a shooting lodge for a local politician.
It is said that when building the lodge, workmen destroyed two large tombs. This has resulted in spooky stuff happening ever since. On one particular occasion, the devil turned up to play poker.
As a walk it is short and sweet. It is steep in parts though so be prepared.
You can get the 15 or 15B from outside the school but after that it is a bit of a stretch to get to the start of the walk proper. There is parking at the foot of the mountain too.
Hill of Howth
This is the main reason for coming all the way out here. You need to go along the seafront and right to the end of the village before you get to the dirt track that marks the start of this walk. It takes a while before it gets spectacular but stick with it; the views are fantastic and the air is really good for you. For those of you who love walking, you can right around the head but it will take you the day so pack a lunch. Keep an eye out for seals and mind your footing.
Take the DART to Sutton Cross or jump on the 6 from Abbey Street to Howth
The Djouce Mountain Trail is about an hour’s drive from Dublin City.
There are amazing views over Wicklow, down into Lough Tay and over the famous Guinness House. Still something of a secret, unlike Gelndalough, one of the great advantages of this walk is that it is usually prettty quiet.
You will need a car to get here.
City Language School is right in the heart of Dublin City Centre. Dublin is the proud and vibrant capital of Ireland and with its cosmopolitan and modern feel, it has repeatedly been voted Europe’s friendliest city by Trip Advisor. Dublin boasts strong links with literature, music, dance and storytelling. As you walk through the streets of Temple Bar, you can absorb the musical tradition which spills onto the streets from the many bars and restaurants; truly a city of enormous beauty! Dublin is surrounded by breath-taking natural scenery that will leave you with lifelong memories. It is perfectly located on the eastern coastline of Ireland and is a convenient gateway to the rest of Europe.
We are conveniently located in the heart of Dublin on Dame Street, giving you easy access to the whole city of Dublin as well as bus and tram lines for you to get around.