Dublin Bay Cruises
For a unique view of Dublin City and the surrounding area you can do no better than a Dublin Bay cruise. Take the red Luas tram line, a short distance from the city centre to the Point tram stop and cross the road to the port where your vessel awaits. These boats are small but that means you’ll always have an unhindered 360 degree view.
A number of options connect Dublin with either or both of the attractive port towns of Howth and Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dun Leery, of course) with both options offering excellent views and a fascinating commentary on the landscape and the local wildlife.
All cruises exit the city through its brute of a port before entering open sea and look inwards at the city as its cranes and high-rises seem to rise out of a sea like some kind of Waterworld or Mad Max settlement. Add to this the multicoloured Wicklow Mountains on one side and the cliffs of the Howth peninsula on the other and you’re treated to some excellent views.
Furthermore, a Dublin Bay Cruise will get you a 10% discount on all food and drinks at some of Howth and Dun Laoghaire’s eateries, including The Oar House, Abbey Tavern (both Howth) and The Purty Kitchen (Dun Laoghaire).
The only word of warning, as this is the Irish sea we’re talking about, have a look at the weather before committing because once you’re out at sea there is no escape and only a limited number of toilets.