Dún Laoghaire is full of stunning scenery and panoramic views of Dublin Bay, and a shore excursion here offers plenty of beach fun that's not too far from the port. Perhaps one of the nicest things you can do when the weather is nice is to take a long walk along some of the stretches and get your bearings of Dublin, stopping off for an ice cream or a wander through the local markets before setting off again around to Sandycove and maybe even taking a dip. Forty Foot, one of many stops during this day of beach fun — Photo courtesy of Ana Rey
Your cruise ship will likely be moored up near the East Pier - a classic spot for the locals to take a walk and survey the stunning views around Dublin Bay and out towards Dalkey. Sometimes, you can even spot seals and porpoises in the nearby waters as well as catching some of the local yacht club regattas out on the water.
There are often buskers and banjo players serenading those on the promenade as they walk, and fishermen angrily jostling for space near the lighthouses on both East and West Piers. At the bottom of the Pier by the coast road, you’ll often find street food vendors with everything from punnets of strawberries to hot dogs and burgers, but if you want a real local treat, then head to nearby ice cream parlor Teddy’s. An ice cream from here is a definite Dún Laoghaire tradition. East Pier in Dublin — Photo courtesy of William Murphy
If you’re looking for a bite to eat, then stroll across to the People’s Park. On a Sunday, you’ll find the local farmers market with stalls and stands from a variety of cuisines. You can buy everything from seaweed fertilizer to delicious falafel and lamb dishes, as well as dips and spreads made with local produce.
If you’re looking to pick up a gift for someone back home or simply a bite to eat, then this is definitely one of the more interesting places to source it. The People’s Park also holds outdoor cinema screenings in the summer months - a perfect way to relax and spend an evening when the weather is nice.
Continuing on towards Sandycove is a beautiful walk with lovely views of the bay when you make it down to one of Dublin’s iconic swimming coves - the Forty Foot - which has been used by local swimmers for over 250 years. It remains in the style of old swimming baths, so bring your gear and jump in. (Note that there aren’t any dedicated changing rooms.) You’ll likely spy swimmers of all ages and sizes taking to the water alongside you.