Top 5 BEST locations along the Dublin DART line

Exploring Dublin’s seaside towns has never been easier, and these are some unmissable locations along the Dublin DART line.

Top 5 best locations along the Dublin DART line.

The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is a fast and efficient way to travel along the coastline of Dublin, and while it is used to get from place to place as efficiently as possible, it is also a fantastic way to sightsee.

Running from Malahide in North County Dublin to Greystones in County Wicklow, the DART encompasses some of Dublin’s best views, which can be witnessed from the comfort of your seat, making it a fun and easy way to soak up the sights Dublin offers.

The DART offers excellent value day tickets, which allow you to hop on and off along the coastal route to explore various towns along the way, and if you are sticking around, you can even enjoy monthly or annual tickets.

This stretch of coastline comprises quaint seaside towns, charming villages, stunning coastal walks and indulgent eateries, so add these best DART locations to your list. Here are the top five best DART locations along the Dublin DART line worth visiting.

5. Howth – an excellent hiking spot

Howth is one of the best locations along the Dublin DART line.
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Howth DART Station is just a five-minute walk from the stunning town, making it an easy hop-off when travelling along the coast.

This is the ultimate place to get off and stretch your legs along the Howth Cliff Walk, one of the county’s most scenic coastal hikes.

Within the village, you can find some excellent eateries like the famous fish and chip shop Beshoff’s Bros and many other seafood restaurants and cafes, ideal for fresh fish or a local brew. There are also a number of pubs and bars in Howth you need to experience.

Howth is a perfect stop to begin your day if travelling from North to South on the DART line.

4. Dublin Docklands – discover a bustling district

Discover a bustling district.
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One of the most overlooked Dublin DART locations is the Docklands, which offers a fantastic perspective of Dublin City outside the main tourist hubs.

To visit this area, get off at either Connolly Street Station or Tara Street Station, just five minutes from the main Docklands area and discover one of the most sought-after places for locals to live in the city.

This thriving and bustling area has plenty of chic places to dine, fantastic breweries, glorious city views and the impressive EPIC Museum, so it can be a nice stop for some dinner, drinks or discoveries.

The Bord Gais Theatre, one of the most beautiful theatres in Ireland, and 3 Arena are also located in this area and are popular places to visit for concerts, musicals and other events.

3. Dun Laoghaire/Sandycove − for some wild swimming

Dun Laoghaire is one of the best locations along the Dublin DART line.

If there is one thing Irish people love to do, it is wild swimming, and the Forty Foot in Sandycove is the place to do it.

The DART line takes you to both Dun Laoghaire and Sandycove, so you can easily hop off at one, go for a swim, with Sandycove being a top swimming destination even at Christmas, and hop back on to continue the journey.

If you are an early riser, this is a stunning place to watch the sunrise, and within the two towns, there are many excellent cafes and breakfast spots like The Butler’s Pantry and Hatch Coffee.

In addition, Sandycove Beach is a lovely place to relax in the sun, while Dun Laoghaire Pier is an excellent spot for a walk with an iconic Teddys ice cream.

2. Dalkey – explore the Dublin Riviera

Explore the Dublin Riviera.
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If you fancy visiting the Dublin Riviera, you cannot miss your stop at one of the best locations along the Dublin DART line – Dalkey.

Dalkey is a charming heritage town with a castle, chic cafes and iconic Irish pubs serving delicious local pub food and fresh pints.

One of the top highlights of the town is the stunning views from Sorrento Park, which looks out over the Dublin coastline towards Dalkey Island.

Do not miss a stroll down Coliemore Road, which features impressive mansions with sea views, commonly referred to as Ireland’s most expensive street.

1. Greystones – a charming seaside town

Greystones is one of the best locations along the Dublin DART line.
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Greystones is one of the best stops on the Dublin DART line for many reasons.

Not only does this seaside resort in County Wicklow boast some glorious sea views, but the town marks the beginning or the end of the Bray Cliff Walk, which can be undertaken from either side.

This is a fantastic hike, which features gorgeous beaches, panoramic views and relaxation spots along the way.

Greystones has some excellent eateries, one of the most famous being The Happy Pear, which is unbeatable for fresh and healthy dishes and treats.

This is a great place to wander around, and it is easy to hop off here, do the cliff walk and hop on again in Bray to continue your onward journey.

Next time you fancy soaking up some of Dublin’s best coastal views and hikes, or you fancy exploring quaint seaside villages, hop on the DART to enjoy all Dublin has to offer. Find out more here.

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