Originally founded as a port city by the Viking raiders who settled in Ireland in the Dark Ages, Dublin remained the Emerald Island’s most significant city and port from the Middle Ages onwards. It is a centre for Irish culture, trade, eduction, and economy.
The name ‘Dublin’ comes from an old Irish name – ‘Dubhlinn’ – meaning ‘black pool’ which referred to a back pool at the convergence of the Liffey and Poddle Rivers, although the contemporary Irish name is ‘Baile Ath Claith’ – ‘Town of the Hurdled Ford’ – referring to an ancient ford that once existed on the River Liffey. Visit Dublin city parks such as Merrion Square (where Oscar Wilde’s statue is!) and St Stephen’s Green, learn about whiskey at the less-known Teeling Distillery (the celebrated Jameson Distillery is the most popular option) or beer at the very-well-known Guinness Factory, or try the new EPIC: Irish Emigration Museum.
Just south of Dublin, find the fishing village of Howth and beyond that, the amazing Wicklow Mountains, nicknamed ‘Garden of Ireland,’ where you’ll find the ancient ruins of the Glendalough monastic complex in the breath-taking glacial valley.
Dublin is connected to the entire island – all roads pass by Dublin! This makes it a great starting point for your hiking trip in Ireland.
This was a really fun trip! The route was interesting, scenic, challenging enough and the choice of roads (appropriate for biking) was excellent. We loved the winding country lanes, stone walls and hedgerows, grand vistas, awesome descents and even the super-steep climbs. With so much to see along the way each day, we'd like to have been able to slow time down to better soak it all in. Our guides, Ben and Simon, were true professionals. They made our lives carefree so we could just ENJOY!
Bike Tour - Five Countries
Reviewed on 07/07/2019
Rated 4.93 out of 5 based on 174 reviewsRead More Reviews
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