Spring Fever

After a long winter – what’s better than drinking a pint in the sun?

Sunday was the warmest day of the year so far, and in celebration, we decided to get out of the house and into the sun. After a short 30-minute drive south of the city, we were breathing the fresh air of County Wicklow. With my camera in hand, we set out for Sally Gap. This scenic mountain pass is a spectacular sight – and there’s rarely more than a few other nature-lovers around.

If you’re interested in seeing the wildlife of Ireland, head to this area to see plenty of sheep having their daily munch at the side of the road. And this time of year, expect to see cottonball-white newborn lambs running in the fields alongside their mothers – it’s a beautiful sight.

After our scenic drive – we wanted to get out of the car and into the sun. Johnny Fox’s Pub is well-known in Ireland, and for good reason. This atmospheric pub is filled with knick-knacks that would make your grandmother smile. For an affordable treat – skip the expensive fish dishes in favor of the rich fish chowder. It’s served with brown bread and is a great accompaniment to that pint of Guinness. After your meal – take your pint outside into the sun or listen to the live band that’s always playing on Sunday.

This area is also great for walking. No trip to Dublin is complete without a bit of time spent outdoors – so here are 3 of my favorite choices for a Sunday walk in and around Dublin:

1. The South Wall, Ringsend: One of these days I’ll remember to bring my camera on a walk to the South Wall so you can see how spectacular it is. Jetting out into Dublin Bay, this man-made wall provides fantastic views of greater Dublin – you can see everywhere from the Sugar Loaf to Howth from this one-hour stroll.

2. Sandymount Strand: Accessible to Dublin city center by bus or DART train, Sandymount Stand is a beautiful place for a stroll. There’s a path along the beach or you can head down onto the beach itself, which sometimes is incredibly exposed when the tide rushes far out. Nearby Sandymount Village is a great place to grab a coffee or snack afterwards.

3. Dun Laoghaire Pier: Hop on the DART to Dun Laoghaire and take a walk along one of the two piers. If you hang out for a few minutes towards the end of the pier – you might just see a seal swimming around in the chilly water below. Watching the sailboats come in and out of the picturesque marina, you’ll be glad you left the city center to see a different side of Dublin.



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