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8a. A coastal walk trip to Greystones and Bray, Co. Wicklow - A ride on the DART and a really beautiful classic coastal cliff walk

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Part (1) The DART train ride from Dublin to Bray and Greystones

 

Some of these pictures were taken through the carriage window, so not surprisingly they are not very good, BUT they do give a good impression of the delightful train ride from Dublin south to Bray and Greystones. DART = Dublin Area Rapid Transport.

 

A DART train crosses the River Liffey to enter Tara Street Station heading south for Bray and Greystones.

 

The river Liffey from the DART train from Bray on our evening return.

The river Liffey from the DART train from Bray on our evening return.

 

Views from the DART of the Grand Canal Dock area, Lansdowne Road Stadium and the flats built in the shell of an old gasometer (The Gasometer Apartments)!

 

Looking across Dublin Bay from the DART to the power station on Dublin's South Wall from just after Sidney Parade Station

 

 

The view across Dublin Bay from just before Booterstown Station

 

View back towards Dublin Port and the chimney stacks of the power station and a ferry in the background.

Tide in! DART view back towards Dublin Port and the chimney stacks of the power station and a ferry in the background from near Blackrock.

 

 

Yachts in harbour (location Sandycove or Dun Laoghaire or ?)

DART view of yachts in the harbour at Dun Laoghaire

 

The hills and mountains of Wicklow from the DART near Bray.

DART view of the hills and mountains of Wicklow from the DART near Bray as the scenery just gets better and better as you head south down the coast.

 

The DART train for Dublin leaving Bray Station.

The DART train for Dublin leaving Bray Station.

 

The DART train passing below the cliff walk from Greystones to Bray.

The DART train passing below the cliff walk from Greystones to Bray in County Wicklow.

 

View of the sea from the DART train between Bray and Greystones - stunning views from the DART train

 

Greystones Station where we started the cliff walk to Bray.

 

Some railway 'connections'!

 


Part (2) Exploring Greystones

The newly built walls of Greystones Harbour

 

 

The new concrete pillar entrance to Greystones Harbour

 

The small beach at Greystones

 

 

 

 

Another longer beach at Greystones, canoeist and sunbathers!

 

The old anchor and fishing off the rocks at Greystones

 

Summerville's coffee shop and restaurant

Country Cooking at Greystones!

The Beach House cafe, Greystones

Fresh fish and shellfish on the menu

Spendlove, Greystones, as it says

'pop in after your walk' for coffee and homebaking

The Harbour Cafe Delicatessen, Deli, Breakfast,

lunch, and Fish & chips Shop, Greystones

 

Bochelli Cafe in Greystones

Ala Carte Menu

The Insomnia Coffee Company, Greystones

Insomnia summer signature drinks

The Butler's Pantry, Greystones

for tasty food to your home

The Burnaby for 'wine and tasty food'

A lounge bar restaurant in Greystones

 

The coastal view from Greystones station.

 


Part (3) The coastal walk from Greystones to Bray

There has been a coastal walkway between Bray and Greystones since medieval times. The cliff walk as it exists today dates from the 1840s. Both towns developed when the railway came between 1854 to 1856 enabling people to travel to them easily from Dublin's stations. The Bray - Greystones cliff walk is one of the best short walks in Ireland.

 

The sea and cliffs off Bray Head viewed from Greystones.

The sea and cliffs off Bray Head viewed from Greystones.

 

The beach rooks of Greystones.

The beach rooks of Greystones.

 

What Greystones Harbour looked like with Bray Head in the background - this lovely little harbour has now been completely rebuilt - unfortunately!?

now!

The cliff path from Greystones heading for Bray Head.

The cliff path from Greystones heading for Bray Head.

 

Erosion and no time to move the fence and path back!
Erosion and no time to move the fence and path back!

Erosion and no time to move the fence and path back!

 

The railway from Bray to Greystones was planned and executed between 1847 and 1856 providing some serious engineering difficulties! Isambard Kingdom Brunel designed an initial single track line from Bray Head to Wicklow. However, the most celebrated railway engineer associated with this line and most of Irelands railways William Dargan who helped organise the financing and designing of over 600 miles of Irish rail routes. Many of the tunnels are replacements of 19th century timber bridges.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking down on the Dublin-Wexford line from the Bray - Greystones cliff walk.

 

Lord Meath's Lodge, which was once a toll booth for the coastal path.

 

The railway on the cliffs at Bray Head, and an abandoned tunnel on the right!

The railway on the cliffs at Bray Head, and an abandoned tunnel on the right!

 

 

Look out for the shag and cormorant seabirds on the rocks.

Look out for the shag and cormorant seabirds on the rocks.

 

Looking north towards Bray on the cliff walk from Greystones.

 

railway cutting near Bray

The pebble and sandy beach at Bray.


Part (4) Exploring Bray

Swans, geese and canoeists in Bray Harbour.

Swans, geese and canoeists in Bray Harbour.

 

The canoeists heading out to join the swans  in Bray Harbour.

 

Bray's shingle beach stretching out towards Bray Head.

 

Katies alcoholic medicine at Katie Gallaghers bar restaurant in Bray!
On this occasion we refreshed at Malloys Coffee Shop and Bakehouse.
Inside Malloys Coffee Shop and Bakehouse.

Katies alcoholic medicine at Katie Gallaghers Bar restaurant in Bray!

But, on this occasion we refreshed at Malloys Coffee Shop and Bakehouse in Bray

Inside Malloys Coffee Shop and Bakehouse.

 

 

Gino's Italian Coffee, low fat Gelato, Bray seafront

Love the scooter seats!

Barracuda Steak and Seafood Restaurant

Next to the National Sealife Centre, Bray

The Boathouse Coffee Dock

on the seafront at Bray

STOP for Teddy's Icecream at Candy Corner

near the seafront at Bray

The Star Diner and Star Leisure Centre

near the seafront at Bray

The Cropton Bray Head Inn, lounge bar, entertainment

and 'functions' just above the pebble beach at Bray

 

The DART train for Dublin leaving Bray Station.

The DART train for Dublin leaving Bray Station.

While waiting for the train from Bray to Greystones, I quickly snapped the series of

chronological 'historical' murals

on the south direction platform, most entertaining but some are sadly in need of restoration work, it would be a pity if they were not maintained, other stations should copy the idea.

1880  1890

1880 and 1890

 

1900  1916 - many Irishmen fought in the 1st world war but some were fighting in the Easter Rising

1900 and 1916

 

1920  1930

1920 and 1930

 

1940  1950

1940 and 1950

 

1960 - an outpouring of musical styles and dress!  1970 - just dig those flairs!

1960 and 1970

 

1980  1980

1980

 

 1984 - Ireland is a lot better than the book and the DART arrives!  ? - happy days if you can afford a house!

1984 and ?

 

Photographing the DART trains! The mirrors of Howth Junction (above) and Donaghmede station (top of page)

 

 

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