Leinster is the east province of Ireland formed by 12 counties and as well, the most populated of the four provinces in the whole country. Its frontiers were set by Oliver Cromwell, the English politician who leaded the English Commonwealth during the mid 1650’s. Today, Leinster consists of a part of the heritage that is still left and and we can see in it the remainders and present evidences of the Irish beauty.
These five towns, the most of them by the sea, reveal the outside and the inside of the country, the marvellous views of nature and the immensity of the Ocean that can be seen from the most splendid corners you can imagine.
- Dun Laogharie, Co. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
Dun Laoghaire is located 11 km South of the city of Dublin, and if you go there once you will definitely want to come back. It is a coastal town where you can easily find ships and lighthouses. Apart of being considered the “Gateway of Ireland”, Dun Laoghaire is famous for the years in which the great author James Joyce and his mate Gogarty lived in today’s James Joyce Tower and Museum, getting inspiration from the background that surrounded them and the atmosphere they could breath.
Besides, every Sunday there is an international food market where you will have the chance to try dishes from all around the world, and especially from Ireland. Don’t leave that market if you haven’t tried their blueberry scones unless you don’t want to spend the rest days of your life trying to get them again!
Killiney is a rich town located in the suburbs of Dun Laoghaire.
The amenity of this place is the walk around the big houses of the town until you arrive to the beginning of the hill that you can walk to the top, stare at the immensity of the sea and contemplate the obelisk that reminds the history of Ireland in the 1700’s.
In the heart of the town, after you walk around the picturesque buildings, there is a view point that allows you to watch the sea from far away and if you’re lucky you’ll probably find seals laying on the sand of the beautiful island that looks after Killiney.
This is the only town of the five wich is not by the sea, but this doesn’t take away the beauty of the place, probably it is what makes it so special. It is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Ireland.
This town was set in the 6th century by St. Kevin and that is the reason why it is considered a pilgrimage site. Its name which actually means “The valley of the two lakes” already encourages us to visit it as it is in itself a very beautiful landscape you can’t miss if you are of these kind of people who like to walk around mountains, or those who like to see the pure water of the lakes and breath the smell of nature.
4. Bray, Co. Wicklow
Bray is considered the “Brighton of Ireland” or the Irish beach destination, if you dare to swim in the freezy waters of a North Sea country.
In past years it was a fishing town, but from the XVIII century many people from Dublin started to settle down in this town, and today even though it is a town, it can be seen as a city because of the amount of things there are to do.
As in many Irish towns there is a cliff walk, but there are museums, an art centre, and many places to go during the day but also at night.
This is the place to go if you don’t have time to visit the cliffs of Moher in Galway, and although the height cannot be compared, the coastal walk in this beautiful town will leave you completely breathtaking.
The houses, the shops and the famous fish restaurants immersed in this green and yellow landscape create a place to spend a perfect day and a perfect location where you will always want to go back.