At the southern terminus of the DART line from Dublin, the oceanfront resort town of Bray is a great option for an afternoon excursion from the city.
Its chief attraction is the National Sea Life Centre aquarium (Strand Rd., www.visitsealife.com/bray; 01/286-6939), at the center of a charming boardwalk that also features arcades, games, and other family amusements. But locals know that Bray’s greatest pleasure is the stunning coastal views of Killiney Bay, Dalkey Island, and Bray from the rocky promontory of Bray Head. Follow the beachside promenade south through Bray; at the outskirts of town, the promenade turns left and up, beginning the ascent of Bray Head. Shortly after the ascent begins, a trail branches to the left—this is the cliffside walk, which continues another 5km (3 miles) along the coast to Greystones. From the center of Greystones, a train will take you back to Bray. This is an easy walk, about 2 hours each way, but don’t attempt it in bad weather or strong winds, as the cliffside path becomes treacherous.
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