Dublin's key ingredients: a thousand-year history, marinated until rich in heritage and sprinkled with hedonism.
Tidily positioned at the foot of a bulbous peninsula, the pretty port village of Howth (the name rhymes with 'both') is a major fishing centre, yachting harbour and one of the most sought-after addresses in town, with the best properties...
Malahide (Mullach Íde) was once a small village with its own harbour, a long way from the urban jungle of Dublin.
Dublin's most important medieval port has long since settled into its role as an elegant dormitory village, but there are some revealing vestiges of its illustrious past, most notably the remains of three of the eight castles that once lorded over...
A short distance offshore from Howth is Ireland's Eye, a rocky sea-bird sanctuary with the ruins of a 6th-century monastery.
About 1km north of Dalkey is Sandycove, with a pretty little beach and a Martello tower – built by British forces to keep an eye out for a Napoleonic invasion – now housing the James Joyce Museum.