County Dublin is one of Ireland's smallest counties and dominated by the capital city of Dublin, although city centre attractions should not mask the tranquility and scenery of the towns and villages on its outskirts. Dublin is centred around the mouth of the River Liffey as it flows into the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay. County Dublin includes the coast that defines this bay to the north and south of the city centre and extends for a further 15 miles north where it meets County Louth.
To the north of the city the coastal towns and villages include Howth, a picturesque fishing harbour on its own peninsula that has some stunning scenery, and the villages of Malahide and Portmarnock both on the sea. All three are just 15 minutes from Dublin airport and just less than 30 minutes by road from Dublin city centre. They are served by a suburban rail service.
Within minutes are the famous Portmarnock Golf Club and the newer Portmarnock Links that also includes a 4**** hotel. Not far away are the links of Royal Dublin and St. Annes on a natural sandbank protruding into Dublin Bay and known as Bull Island. North and accessible by motorway is the The Island golf club - one of Ireland's most underrated links.
To the south of the capital is are the villages of Malahide and Dalkey - Dublin's most affluent suburbs and home to the like of Eddie Jordan, Van Morrison and members of a band called U2. These villages offer more stunning scenery and are a good base when courses in Wicklow (Druids Glen, The European) are combined with courses in east county Dublin/Kildare inclusing the K-Club and Carton House.
See also our region guide to the east or visit the official County Dublin tourism website .
Dublin City accommodations are listed separately.
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