Whether you live for a bracing hike or just enjoy a casual stroll with stunning views, Skerries has it all including seafront trails, woodland walks and garden jaunts. Every trail and path you follow in the area ultimately offers great views of the sea and surrounding nature. The two-and-a-half kilometre South Beach is a popular spot that leads to Shenick Island, on foot or by swimming if the tide is low and you fancy a dip.
Travel by kayak to the St. Patrick’s and Colt Islands situated between 0.5 and 1.5km off the north Dublin coast, and discover the vast amount of sea birds that populate these areas. The former of those islands is of course named in honour of the legendary St. Patrick, who in 432 AD quite literally left his mark on Skerries if the lore is to be believed. Indeed, his footprint on Red Island is said to be visible in the rocks to this very day…
Walk alongside landmark attractions steeped in character such as the windmills and watermills amidst the cornfields and wetlands at the Skerries Mills. Less than five minutes from the train station, the mills are a great first stop on your trip, with guided tours and a lovely café. These impressive structures stand tall as one of Ireland’s foremost industrial heritage centres, with stone-ground milling in Skerries dating back to the 16th century when the lands belonged to the Priory of Holmpatrick; an Augustinian monastic foundation.
Elsewhere, the grounds of the striking Ardgillan Castle form a regional park, featuring a five-mile network of walking trails through woodland, parkland and gardens. Here you will catch sight of the Mourne Mountains and Sliabh Foy; the highest peak atop the Cooley Mountains. For a regal treat, you can enjoy afternoon tea in the castle.