Canal bank walk

When walking has become the new going out, you need to make it worthwhile! We’ve come up with 5 crowd pleasing walks right on the doorstep of Dublin city and the Gibson hotel…

1. Great South Wall Walk

The great south wall walk brings you all the way out to Poolbeg lighthouse. Sights include ships & trawlers coming into port, and the east link bridge rising for them which is quite impressive to watch. When you reach the lighthouse at the end of the pier you’ll have stunning views no matter which way you look!

2. Grand Canal Walk

The canal runs the length of the south side of the city centre, transecting lots of gorgeous areas of Dublin, starting at Harold’s Cross Bridge all the way down to Grand Canal Dock. Cute houses, duck’s, swan’s, weeping willows, Patrick Kavanagh, bridges, barges, the chimney’s and a futuristic square will make this a few hour’s well spent.

3. Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe, located only a mile and a half from O’Connell Street. At 1,750 acres there is enough to keep you busy all day. Sights include Deer herds, Zoological Gardens, Áras an Uachtaráin (Presidents’ residence), Papal cross, Victorian flower gardens, walking, running, Segway & cycling tours, polo, cricket, hurling and just a nice chillax on a sunny day.

4. Clontarf Promenade

The promenade is a place of outstanding beauty offering spectacular views south to Dublin Bay and the Wicklow mountains; east to the infinite possibilities of the Irish Sea and west to the City Centre. There is a pedestrian pathway that runs along the sea wall and it is perfect for a summer stroll which then turns into a bracing walk during the winter. Exercise machines are also scattered at various points for hardy souls looking for more punishment! Cyclists can travel the 12km from Sutton to East Wall on a dedicated route along the prom taking in St Anne’s park & Bull island along the way.

5. Sandymount Beach

Adjacent to the pretty village suburb of Sandymount, the strand offers a lovely pleasant walk and is not too far from the city. The 1km stretch provides outstanding views of Poolbeg, Irishtown Nature Park and Dun Laoghaire.


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