To help make the most of your stay with us we have compiled an interesting and exciting list of activities including walking trips, water activities and much more in Dún Laoghaire and beyond for all the family and the Royal Marine is the perfect base to explore. We hope that you will find this useful as you plan your trip to the Royal Marine Hotel.
EAST PIER & TEDDY'S ICE-CREAM
You can’t visit Dún Laoghaire without taking a stroll on the East Pier and taking in the breath-taking views. The East Pier is just under 3km to walk there and back so is ideal for young children and also suitable for people who have minor difficulties walking as the ground surface is very even. Often they have music playing down there whether a solo accordion player or the more upbeat guitarist. Just across the road is the famous Teddy’s Ice cream which is definitely worth a visit before or after your stroll. After all you will burn those calories off during your walk so its classed as guilt free!
DUBLIN BAY CRUISES
Sail between Dún Laoghaire, Dublin City & Howth from March to October. This idyllic cruise on the capital’s beautiful Dublin Bay has become a “must” on every one’s to do list. With views of the stunning landscapes of the Dublin Mountains, Ireland’s Eye, Lambay Island, Dalkey Island, Joyce’s Martello Tower, the Baily Lighthouse to name but a view, this is a day out not to be missed. Why not take a trip on Dublin’s beautiful living bay and enjoy the city from a truly unique perspective? Take in the sights of Dublin Bay with its history, heritage and culture, its maritime life, bird sanctuaries and wallabies, the mountains, headlands, islands and coves. Also experience its towns and villages with seafood and culinary delights. For more information call the booking office on 01 901 1757 .
DUBLIN UNDER SAIL
Enjoy a three hour sailing experience aboard a 25 meter traditional sailing vessel departing from Dún Laoghaire Marina through Dublin Bay, taking in some of the hidden beauties such as Dalkey Island and Sound, Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Dollymount Strand and Howth Head. Available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Visit dublinundersail.com for more information.
Airfield is not just a beautiful place with a remarkable history, it’s a social and charitable hub, investing in people and initiatives that reach every corner of our community. The farm at Airfield encourages visitors to explore, experience farm life up close and even get hands-on. The gardens in Airfield are just over six acres in size and composed of diverse spaces ranging from an ornamental walled garden, shade gardens and glasshouse spaces, to an extensive organic certified fruit, vegetable and edible flower garden.
Looking for something unique to do this summer? Harbour Splash is Dublin's first inflatable aqua park. The Dún Laoghaire tourist attraction is an obstacle course over water including trampolines, climbing frames, slides, monkey bars offers guaranteed fun, whether you are coming with a few friends or in a big group. Anyone from age 6 upwards can enjoy the park. Children aged 10 and under need to be accompanied on the water by an adult.
The People’s Park in Dún Laoghaire is only a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, the beautiful landscaped gardens are the ideal place to go for a walk and rest and take in the day to day life. There is a playground area for young children and every Sunday they have a farmers' market where local products are available to buy and take home as souvenirs.
IRISH NATIONAL SAILING SCHOOL
The Sports yacht and Dinghy courses can truly cater for everybody from the seasoned racer to the complete novice. For those looking for a white-knuckle experience, we have spinnaker and racing courses designed to teach you everything you need to blast around a racecourse. For those looking for a more sedate experience, we have our adventure courses such as sailing to Howth for Fish and Chips or cruising to Greystones taking in the beautiful scenery on the way. Instructor, School, Junior and summer camp sailing courses also available. Take a look at the courses on offer on their website www.insc.ie. Ph: 01 284 4195
We use both closed cockpits and sit on top Kayak’s. Kayaking is a fantastic way to explore Dún Laoghaire. We use Sea Kayaks and sit on top Kayaks, propelled with a double paddle. Our experienced instructors will teach you safety procedures and how to manoeuvre your craft, before embarking on a relaxing trip. For the more experienced we offer a fun and exciting range of games and group tasks on the sea front.
BigStyle SUP School and Rental offers stand up paddleboarding, the best possible way to explore Dublin’s beautiful coastline, not to mention a fantastic way to get fit.Whether you’re a seasoned water–dweller or a landlubber taking your first tentative steps they are elighted to be here to help you get your sea legs. Why not come on down and learn something new! They have brand new equipment and everyone who comes down gets a wetsuit, a buoyancy aid, a paddle and a SUP. So all you have to bring is a towel and your sense of adventure!
NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
Operated by the Maritime Institute of Ireland assisted by a Community Employment Scheme of the Department of Social Protection. The Maritime Institute of Ireland fosters an appreciation of our maritime heritage. Located just next door to the Royal Marine Hotel it is a great opportunity to soak up some of the local history. T: 01 280 0969 or contact our Concierge team on 01 230 0030.
DÚN LAOGHAIRE, DALKEY, AND KILLINEY LOOP
Approx 14 kilometres loop trail located near Dún Laoghaire offering scenic views and is rated as moderate. This walk takes you from the seaside town of Dún Laoghaire and its Harbour along the coast through Sandycove and Dalkey before climbing to the summit of Killiney Hill, overlooking the great sweep of Killiney Bay, and then returning to Dún Laoghaire. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
SANDYCOVE HERITAGE WALK
A delightful walk, approx 1 hour, around one of the most picturesque and historic coastal villages .The walk begins at the People’s Park, which was known as Glasthule Quarry in the late 18th century and takes in The Metals Walkway, St Joseph’s Church, Glasthule Village, Sandycove Harbour, the Martello Tower known as Joyce’s Tower made famous in Ulysses and the Forty Foot. It is a pleasurable walk suitable for all ages, with no difficult areas to climb.
BRAY TO GREYSTONES CLIFF WALK
This linear walk takes you from Bray to Greystones along the stunning coastal path. The path is well maintained, and you can return by light rail (DART) to the start point. Greystones has plenty to offer the hungry walker after beautiful views and a range of marine wildlife. From Bray start, there is a path leading to the top of Bray Head offering stunning views of the Irish Sea, The Wicklow Mountains and Bray.
Only a few minutes’ walk from the Royal Marine Hotel. They have a seasonal programme with a wide range of acts and shows taking place throughout the year. Box office opening hours are Mon-Sat 12-5pm (8pm on performance nights) Sun 6-8pm (Only on performance nights). T: 01 231 2929
Situated in the Royal Marine Hotel, the award winning sansanaSPA includes 9 treatment rooms and a thermal suite area which has unique waterbed relaxation, float and relax rooms, rock sauna, steam room, aroma room, mud room, experience showers, manicure and pedicure suite, dry floatation, hydrotherapy, spray tanning booth and lounge area. guests of sansanaSPA receive full use of the pier health club which is adjacent to sansanaSPA this features state-of-the-art cardio and resistance equipment. an 18-meter heated swimming pool, hydro pool, sauna and steam room. For enquiries please call Sansana Spa directly on 01 271 2563 / guests in-house call 52536 from your bedroom.
Our five-star sister property, Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort has two stunning golf courses Druids Glen and Druids Heath wih preferred rates for hotel residents of the Royal Marine Hotel. Druids Glen has an illustrious history and it is true to say that the venue has captured the imagination of the tour players as much as the general public. As host to the Irish Open for four consecutive years as well as the prestigious Seve Trophy, many of the golfing greats have played and been tested here. Druids Heath is set against a backdrop of breath-taking views over the Irish Sea and Wicklow Mountains. This rare heathland course weaves its way around quarries, trees and pot bunkers offering you a thrilling sporting experience. Call Druids Glen Reservations Team on 01-2870877.