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Ten Things To Do in Fingal

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Fingal is home to a diverse blend of landscapes and features rural, urban, coastal and suburban.

Located to the north of Dublin city, Fingal enjoys bustling village, picturesque seaside villages surrounded by sandy beaches and 88 kilometres of coastline, as well as vibrant urban towns all offering excellence accommodation, fine restaurants and friendly pubs. It is also home to 2,000 hectares of parkland and open space as many wonderful heritage properties

This variety offers plenty of options for families to enjoy the long lazy days of the August bank holiday.

Here are 10 suggestions for activities to enjoy.

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One: Fingal Beaches

Fingal has 88 km of coastline stretching from Sutton to Balbriggan. Add to that three protected estuaries, salt marsh habitats and 13 major beaches, providing families with ample choice for a day spent walking, playing and exploring.

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Two: Cliff Walks

In addition to the many accessible beaches, the Fingal coastline is also home to some of the best hill and cliff walks in the greater Dublin region.


Three: Cycling

For the family that considers walking a little too tame, Fingal offers a range of cycling options incorporating greenways and roadways, from sea level to hilltops.

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Four: Castles

Any outing in Fingal is sure to feature a castle at some stage. Fingal is home to some of the best examples of Irish castles and big historical houses, restored and open for family enjoyment.

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Five: Shopping

Shopping may not be the first thought to springs to mind when considering a bank holiday day out, but the varied range on offer throughout Fingal might just change your mind.

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Six: Watersports

The Fingal coastline is a great place for families to try their hand at water sports. In addition to the seaside locations, the inland estuaries provide opportunities to try your hand at something different in relative safety.

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Seven: History and Heritage

Although relatively new as a county, Fingal is home to many and varied historical and heritage sites.  The family seeking to explore Irelands history will find many options in Fingal.

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Eight: Farm visit

Fingal is home to some of the best agricultural land in Ireland with production of many vegetables and cereals in the area

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Nine: Casino Fry Model Railway Musuem

Model railways enthusiasts can treat themselves to a day out exploring Ireland’s first model railway museum.

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Ten: A visit To Blanchardstown & Castleknock areas

The Blanchardstown/Castleknock area has three waterways, the Tolka, the Royal Canal and the Liffey which is beautifully contained between steep wooded hills around the famous Strawberry Beds and St. Catherine’s Park.