Get Outdoorsy in Dublin
The summer months in Ireland can be a great opportunity to venture outdoors and make the most of the range of exciting outdoor activities offered in the city. The location of the Beacon hotel is particularly perfect for this – not only will you be able to reach the city centre in less than 20 minutes, but you also have a choice of seaside towns, scenic walks and mountainous trails not far from your doorstep allowing you to really experience every aspect of Dublin. Sound good? Check out our top picks for outdoorsy Dublin adventures this summer.
Reach new heights at Zipit
Is there really a better feeling than zipping through the trees up to 20 metres from the ground? We think not. Experience total freedom as you whizz your way through five circuits containing a range of activities, such as rope bridges, swinging logs, cargo nets and zip lines, experiencing up to four hours of adrenaline filled fun. And did we mention panoramic views of Dublin Bay and Howth as you go? Regardless of your level of skill or experience, Zipit promises to offer adventurous fun for all ages – adults and children from 7 years upward. Find full details here.
Embark on a walking trail at Ticknock
Experience the fresh air and stunning views of Ticknock recreation site, nestled in the foothills of the Three Rock Mountain. Just a 10-minute drive from the Beacon hotel, Ticknock offers a range of mountain and forest walks with some spectacular views of Dublin City, Dublin Bay, Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains. The trails range from moderate to difficult, offering a challenge for the more experienced climber while the tarmac road leading all the way to the top is suitable for children and those with lower fitness levels, meaning everyone can join in on the adventure. There are also plenty of viewing points and picnic areas along the way so you can rest, admire the view and take it all in.
Release your adrenaline on a mountain bike trail
Feeling adventurous? Why not hire a mountain bike for a new way to get around? Also located at Ticknock recreation site, mountain bikes can be rented for approximately €30-€40 per person and are sure to offer an adrenaline filled challenge. With plenty of technical elements, these trails are best suited to those with some previous experience however for biking newbies, beginner lessons and biking tours are also available. Full details can be found here.
Take a seaside stroll in Bray
Need a time out after all the activity? Head to the seaside town of Bray, located just a 20-minute drive from the Beacon. Bray offers a perfect location to relax, breathe in the fresh sea air and enjoy the range of restaurants, bars and activities that the seaside town has to offer. Take a stroll along the beach or seafront promenade or hike to the summit of Bray head to experience Bray’s best views. Bray is sure to offer something for the whole family.
Admire the views from Killiney Hill Park
The beautiful woodlands of Killiney Hill Park is a popular destination with hikers and walkers. It is not difficult to see why – it offers some spectacular views. On a clear day, walkers can enjoy views of Dublin to the northwest, the Irish Sea and the mountains of Wales to the east and southeast, and Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains to the south. Following, the activity, walkers can relax and refresh, enjoying hot drinks and cakes from the park’s tea rooms. Killiney Hill Park can be easily reached from the Beacon by car in approximately 20 -25 minutes. Further details can be found here.
Ready to begin your outdoor adventure this summer? A stay at the Beacon Hotel will ensure that you are close to all of the outdoor action while leaving you reassured that you can retire to your comfort and luxury for a well-deserved treat after your day's activity.