With roots dating back to 570 AD, Raheny is a fascinating place to explore Ireland’s colourful history. The coastal hamlet is anchored by a charming village, with a large ancient ringfort encircling the old town centre. For visitors in search of an alternative to Dublin, Raheny makes a fantastic base.
The village is peppered with religious sites and historical buildings, with the ruined St. Assam's Church dating back to the 1600s. Thanks to a public plaque installation scheme, visitors can now soak up information as they explore the village. Beyond history, exploring the village’s charismatic cafes, shops and pubs is a great way to get a taste of small town Ireland.
At just eight kilometres from Dublin city centre and seven kilometres from Dublin Airport, Raheny is an easy day trip from the Irish capital. It’s serviced by a railway station, with both the drive and the public transport journey taking less than 20 minutes.
For a nature fix just a stone’s throw from Dublin, Raheny is a great bet. The beautiful Dollymount Strand beach stretches for five kilometres along the north coast of Dublin Bay and is a great place to stretch the legs and breathe in fresh sea air. Raheny is also home to North Bull Island itself and Saint Anne's Park, Dublin’s largest municipal parks.