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Dublin — By Jessica Colley on April 13, 2010 at 6:19 pm
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Walk For Miles Into Dublin Bay

south wall, dublin walks, lighthouses in DublinNext time you’re flying into Dublin, look out the window and down into Dublin Bay. Right at the center, stretching out from the smokestacks of Ringsend, is a sea wall with a little red lighthouse at the end. While it is a great sight from the air – it is even better when you’re strolling along it on a warm spring evening.

Yesterday I decided to take advantage of the sunshine and go for one of my favorite walks in the city: the Great South Wall. Sometimes during the winter, this walk can be quite windy, as the wall is exposed to all of the elements. I remember one time finally reaching the lighthouse at the end, over three miles from shore, when an unexpected dark grey cloud suddenly appeared. Luckily there is a small hut of shelter at the end, and I strolled back to shore after a downpour quickly passed.

There was no rain yesterday, and no wind either. An incredible still night gave the water of the bay a glassy finish, and as the sun set, many shades of gold and orange were reflected across the water. Cruise ships sailed into the port, and as I was walking back in, a seal popped his head up through the water. This is the beauty of Dublin – that one moment you can be in the center of town shopping or dining, and a quick 15-minutes later be surrounded by nature.

Plan about an hour to walk the entire length of the South Wall out to the lighthouse and back. When you start the walk, the lighthouse feels deceptively close, but a roundtrip will take about 60 minutes. If you don’t have access to transportation, one of the best ways to reach the wall is with free rental bikes that are available throughout the city. 

You never know who you’re going to see on the South Wall either. I’ve seen politicians out for a Sunday morning walk, sports stars out for a stroll on their day off, and even some of Dublin’s finest writers just out walking the dog. The views across the bay to Howth, south to Dalkey, and to the Sugar Loaf Mountain never cease to impress me – no matter how many times I’ve completed this walk.

Photo Credit: Jessica Colley



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